The UFC still plans to visit Saudi Arabia in 2024 – just a couple of months later than initially expected.
Wednesday, Saudia Arabia’s chairman of general authority for entertainment Turki Alalshikh announced the UFC Fight Night event in Riyadh initially scheduled for March 2 has been officially postponed until June 22.
“A decision to reschedule was taken to ensure the best caliber of talent will be available to participate,” Alalshikh wrote.
Ariel Helwani’s report on Jan. 15, a veteran reporter, broke the news about the decision to delay the event.
Following UFC 297 on Saturday, White denied the portion of Helwani’s report that indicated Saudi Arabia pushed back against the proposed fight card. White has confirmed that the change happened due to an inability of stacking the card. According to TKO Chief Operating Officer Mark Shapiro, Saudi Arabia paid $20 million for the site fee.
“Total bullsh*t,” White said at Saturday a UFC 297 post-fight news conference in Toronto. “That’s a straight-out f*cking lie. I don’t know who started it or how it started, but not one fight was announced to Saudi. I called to ask for the card to be pushed back. We had a couple of guys we wanted on the card and they weren’t ready. You know…