UFC 273: Dana White confirms the UFC won’t be coming to Australia in 2022

The UFC won’t be coming to Australia in 2022, with Dana White unwilling to risk a snap lockdown ruining a fight card.

In the wake of Alexander Volkanovski’s clinical fourth round stoppage of Jung Chang Sung in the headline bout of UFC 273, White was asked when the UFC, which relied heavily on Florida, Texas, Abu Dhabi and its scaled down Vegas base to continue the mma leader’s events during the pandemic, would visit Australia again.

“No, we won’t be there this year,” White said.

“You know what’s going on over there, man: c’mon, that place is still locked down.

“I can’t risk trying to bring a show over there, get there, and have it shut down. I mean I think that just happened to Formula 1, didn’t it?

“Didn’t it get cancelled? The cars were on the track and it got cancelled?

“It’s happening? They didn’t shut it down? Shows what I know.”

Admittedly, White wouldn’t be the only one to feel like it’s all been a bit of a time warp since March 2020 (when the F1 was cancelled).

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However, the travelling show that was the pre-pandemic UFC is definitely on the way back. White says the UFC is looking at holding events in the following cities: Boston, New York City, Austin, Texas, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Toronto. 

Volkanovski last fought in Australia under the UFC umbrella at UFC 221 in February, 2018. Since its debut on Australian shores in 2010, the UFC has visited Australia 15 times – six times for a PPV.

With Volkanovski, Rob Whittaker doing the business at middleweight, Tai Tuivasa ranked #3 at heavyweight, Israel Adesanya still wearing the strap at 185lbs and Kai Kara France ranked #2 at flyweight, an Oceania event will happen soon enough – just not this year.

Fight Island: Tasmania. Let’s do it at MONA and make it super memorable. Trust us, Dana.

 

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