WWE to Hold ‘NXT Battleground’ at UFC’s Apex Facility in Las Vegas

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WWE will hold its upcoming NXT Battleground event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, the company announced Monday.

WWE was sold to UFC’s parent company, Endeavor Group, in April 2023. WWE and UFC subsequently merged into a new company called TKO in September.

"We are always exploring new frontiers to showcase NXT and we are excited to bring Battleground to this world-class event and production facility in partnership with UFC,” WWE executive Shawn Michaels, who manages the NXT brand, said in a statement.

The UFC Apex opened in June 2019 and became the primary site of UFC events when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down other venues. It has continued to host smaller events, such as the “UFC Fight Night” series, most recently on April 6. It has a limited capacity for spectators, typically around 500, although UFC applied in 2022 for a permit to host events with up to 1,000 people.

Battleground had originally been scheduled to take place in Savannah, Ga., on May 26, the same night that rival promotion AEW will hold its Double or Nothing pay-per-view in Las Vegas.

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