Tachi Palace Resort Casino to host UFC 249

Report: Tachi Palace Resort Casino to host UFC 249

UFC 249 appears to have a location.

The New York Times reported that the Tachi Palace Resort Casino will host the April 18 pay-per-view. The casino is located on a Tribal Land in Central Calif.

Tachi Palace Resort Casino is familiar with holding MMA events. Previously the casino hosted World Extreme Cagefighting and Tachi Palace Fights. A number of UFC fighters throughout the years has come through those promotions.

MMA Fighting had leads that the fight would take place at a casino in Loemoore, Calif., which is also on tribal land in the northern part of the state. They reached out to the casino in which they thought would hold the event for a comment, but did not hear back as that casino is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Both of those locations are not overseen by the California State Athletic Commission. In response to the reports the California Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the CSAC, issued a statement on UFC 249 taking place on tribal land.

“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,” read the statement. “The commission will not participate in the U.F.C. event on April 18, regardless of the event location.”

UFC President Dana White has said the undisclosed location will host weekly events for two months. White also said he secured a private island for events featuring international fighters who cannot travel to the United States.

UFC 249 will be the promotions first event since March 14. An interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will headline the event.

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