July 15, 2024

Reports claim Dana White is taking The UFC to Utah for massive title fight

According to reports, Dana White is bringing the UFC back to Utah with a blockbuster championship match-up.

The main event will supposedly pit two of the pound-for-pound best on the planet against one another in a collision bound to create fireworks.

UFC CEO Dana White is seen on stage during the UFC 2024 seasonal press conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Ilia Topuria vs Max Holloway is reportedly scheduled for a UFC event in Utah

Aiming to deliver a barnburner for the Utah fans, Dana White is reportedly working hard to get Ilia Topuria vs Max Holloway over the line.

The major attraction would undoubtedly set pulses racing, with the pair of talented operators likely to utilize their striking prowess to create an incredible spectacle.

Since its inception, the featherweight division has given the world a plethora of epic contests, with this potential latest blockbuster likely to deliver in abundance.

In his last outing, Topuria proved his skills beyond doubt, rendering Alexander Volkanovski unconscious with a devastating right-hand, left hook combination.

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The victory sent shockwaves through the 145-pound division, and ignited the flames for a potential clash with Holloway, who made his own statement at UFC 300.

In a lightweight fight with Justin Gaethje for BMF supremacy, ‘Blessed’ pointed to the ground with just ten seconds to go, and knocked his opponent spark out in one of the greatest moments in UFC history.

And now, the Hawaiian is ready to step back down to 145 pounds to reclaim his old championship belt. According to Ariel Helwani, the superfight everyone wants to see is being eyed for Utah.

During an episode of The MMA Hour, the journalist claimed: “There’s going to be a great title fight in Utah later this year. How lucky is Utah, getting PFL on Friday and then Topuria and Max?”

The news will undoubtedly fill fans with joy, however, the fighters may not feel the same way, as competing in ‘The Beehive State’ isn’t the easiest task.

UFC 278 in Utah was extremely tough for the fighters

While aesthetically spectacular, Salt Lake City in Utah, where UFC 278 was held, is 4200 feet above sea level, making it almost impossible for the athletes to perform at their best.

The altitude has a significant impact on the human body, with a lack of oxygen resulting in the fighters tiring far quicker than they would under normal circumstances.

Throughout their careers, boxing stars like Gennady Golovkin and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez trained at Big Bear, California, utilizing the high altitude to reach almost superhuman levels of fitness.

However, those who aren’t used to operating in that climate can struggle greatly, with a plethora of fighters, including Leon Edwards, complaining about the situation.

While the Brit emerged victorious in his main event title fight against Kamaru Usman, with a head kick heard around the world, throughout the majority of the bout he suffered from lethargy.

During the post-fight press conference, he explained: “My body just wasn’t reacting how it was meant to react. I don’t know whether it was the altitude or what. Even when I was backstage watching other guys fight on TV, everyone was getting tired and gassing out.”

Therefore, Topuria and Holloway will have to do everything in their power to ensure that their bodies are ready to handle the task at hand.

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