tribal land for its upcoming
UFC 249 pay-per-view event.
According to the
New York Times, the Las Vegas-based promotion will hold the
April 18 card at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, Calif.
The venue was initially
reported by Sherdog.com founder and veteran MMA journalist Jeff
Tachi Palace Casino is located on land belonging to the Tachi-Yokut
Tribe, which means that the UFC will not be subject to the state
government mandated stay-at-home order due to the ongoing
coronavirus pandemic. It also allows the promotion to circumvent
the California State Athletic Commission’s ban on combat sports
events that runs through May. Tachi Palace Casino closed on March
“The commission echoes the guidance of California Governor Gavin
Newsom, the Department of Public Health, local health officials,
and the recommendations of the Association of Ringside Physicians
regarding the cancellation of events where people may be at risk of
contracting Covid-19 and encourages the industry to do the same,”
the California athletic commission said in a statement. “The
commission will not participate in the UFC event on April 18,
regardless of the event location.”
The venue is no stranger stranger to mixed martial arts: The Tachi
Palace Fights promotion held a total of 38 events in Lemoore from
July 2009 to November 2018.
The UFC has not formally announced the venue for UFC 249, but
promotion president Dana White
recently revealed that he has locked down a location to host
two months of fights. He also has designs on hosting bouts with
more international fighters on a “private island.”
“So I locked this [UFC 249] venue up for two months. I have this
venue for two months and I’m setting up shop here. We’re gonna be
pumping out fights here,” White said.