The Texas Department of Licensure and Regulation (TDLR), the governing body for combat sports in the state, has issued a statement on whether the Ultimate Fighting Championship can begin holding maximum capacity events within the state after Governor Greg Abbott announced the state would be fully reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.
That appeared to give UFC boss Dana White some hope that the promotion could hold maximum capacity events in the state, but not so fast my friends.
According to the TDLR, it will be accepting applications for live events and it looks like there could be full crowds.
“Business capacity is included in Gov. Abbott’s removal of state-imposed restrictions, as are masks. Venues can operate at 100 percent occupancy beginning Wednesday. The TDLR’s first full-capacity event is a boxing card this Saturday in Dallas,” The Texas Department of Licensure and Regulation said in a statement to MMAjunkie.com.
The TDLR added that the UFC is beginning to submit paperwork for applications to hold events as soon as this month.
Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but it is clear that Dana White and company are moving closer to having full crowds back inside of arenas when the biggest fights take place inside of the Octagon.
And since Joe Rogan now lives in Texas, you know he is going to love having to travel less.