The UFC President, Dana white, called the amount that the organization will not be counted this year due to the coronavirus epidemic, which does not allow fans to attend the stands.
“The biggest problem of all sports, including our own, is that we can’t make money on tickets,” the UFC chief said at a press conference in Las Vegas. “We will lose more than $ 100 million this year. Much more than 100 million. It was easier to sit down and fold your hands and say, ‘ Let’s wait until this is all over.’ Waiting is a good option for most people, because you can’t sell tickets»
“Why do you think new films are not being released? There are already a lot of movies that can be put on sale, but they are afraid of losing hundreds of millions of dollars if they sell them without rental in theaters. From a financial point of view, it is difficult for everyone, but I continue to move forward. I do not care. I’m ready to go through with it”.
Earlier, the head of the UFC said that fans should not wait for the next few months to return to the octagon Conor McGregor, who is the organization’s record holder for ticket sales and paid broadcasts.
UFC President called the timing of the return of Conor McGregor
The President of UFC, Dana white, answered a question about when former UFC champion in two weight categories and the main star of the organization Conor McGregor will return to the octagon.
According to the head of the largest MMA promotion, fans should hardly expect this in the next few months.
“Barring an absolute miracle and the world is not coming to normal over the next three months, which I highly doubt, I don’t think Conor McGregor will fight”, – said the head of the organization to journalists at the press conference for the UFC on ESPN 9. “As soon as it started, I tried to get ahead of it, and every time I thought I did, the next day the world was again changing. I’m not going to sit back and claim that everything is going back to normal, because I have no idea what will happen in 30 days»
“I’m in the same boat with everyone. I just try to think a few moves ahead and act aggressively-aggressively, but with intelligence. I strongly doubt that McGregor will agree to a lower fee than usual, and I am already besieged by guys who demand more money for the fight. Obviously, they don’t watch the news, and they don’t know that we have a pandemic. It’s not their problem”
Earlier, Dana white said that Conor McGregor can return to the octagon in July and take part in one of the UFC tournaments on Fight Island.
Probably, now everything is going to the fact that Conor McGregor will wait for the result of the unification match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitzhi, previously scheduled for August-September, and by the end of the year will meet the winner of this confrontation.