Nevada Steps into the Octagon with Approval of UFC Fight Night and UFC 250

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Dana White and the UFC have successfully brought the next two fight cards back to Nevada. 

On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission approved a pair of UFC cards to be held over the next two weeks, according to ESPN. UFC Fight Night, headlined by Tyron Woodley bought against Gilbert Burns, will be held on Saturday, May 30. While UFC 250, headlined by Amanda Nunes’ bought against Felicia Spencer, will be held the following Saturday, June 6. Both fights will take place at the UFC Apex with no fans in attendance. 

“We've been working hand in glove with the UFC," NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said. "I'm aware of their operations plan and everything is moving forward based on their operations plan and our protocols."

One of the protocols fighters will have to follow is receiving two coronavirus tests prior to receiving approval to fight in the UFC events. 

UFC Fight Night marks the organization’s first event in Las Vegas since the coronavirus pandemic shut down all sporting events in the city in March. 

UFC successfully staged three events in Florida in May. 

This won’t be the state’s last foray into the ring—Las Vegas plans to host a pair of Top Rank boxing events at the MGM Grand in June.