For the first time since the early months of the pandemic, the UFC will have a closed-door event, with even media members not being allowed in. It will be for UFC Vegas 61, headlined by a strawweight bout between Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan.
I can't reveal why yet, but when I can, I will.— Amy Kaplan (@PhotoAmy33) September 27, 2022
NOT covid related. Nothing bad.
UFC president Dana White was asked about it during a scrum after Tuesday’s Contender Series episode. And according to him, it was because he was doing the media a favor.
“We just figured that you guys have been so busy lately, that we give you guys a night off. You guys are here on Tuesdays, you’re here on Saturdays… We need to give you guys a break. You’re welcome,” he told reporters.
“You guys just stay home, order a pizza and watch the fights, take them in, and enjoy yourselves. There’s no big secret… We just to give you guys a nice weekend off with your families and relax and enjoy yourselves.”
Dern, however, revealed some brand new information in her pre-fight conversation with the media.
"I know Mark Zuckerberg rented out the whole event."— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) September 28, 2022
Mackenzie Dern spills the beans on Saturday's private event at the UFC Apex for #UFCVegas61.
Full interview: https://t.co/QxQi28hYp4 pic.twitter.com/PiGb3ooOe2
“I know Mark Zuckerberg rented out the whole event, so I know he’ll be there. But I don’t know if it’s just, like, literally him and his wife, if he’s gonna have friends or if it’s just like a small party. I don’t know.”
“I’m excited and that just makes me more driven to put on a good show. I know everyone’s watching on TV, but for Mark and whoever’s gonna be there, I’ll put on a show. That’s what they want to see, is a show, then we’re gonna give a show.”
White apparently got wind of these statements and denied them outright.
Mark Zuckerberg did NOT rent out the UFC Apex. That’s total bullshit. https://t.co/VbdFATcltd— danawhite (@danawhite) September 29, 2022
The controversial billionaire and tech mogul recently revealed his newfound fascination with jiu-jitsu and MMA and he’s been spending a chunk of his time on the mats.