Tachi Palace Casino Resort Named New Host For UFC 249

The Tachi Palace Casino Resort in California has been named the new location for UFC 249, first reported by Jeff Sherwood of Sherdog.com, later confirmed by a report from Kevin Draper of The New York Times,

The venue, which is on land owned by the Tachi-Yokut Tribe, has played a host to MMA events in the past from promotions like the now-defunct WEC and Tachi Palace Fights.

UFC has had trouble finding a location for their upcoming pay-per-view because of most athletic commissions suspending events due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Due to its location, event does not have to be governed under the athletic commission in California.

The Tachi Palace Casino Resort has been closed since late March due to COVID-19.

The full lineup for UFC 249 was unveiled yesterday, including an interim lightweight championship fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.

The original opponent for Ferguson was Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC Lightweight Champion who was not able to compete in the USA due to a travel ban.

 

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