UFC President Dana White issued a strong message on the Mark Zuckerberg rumors for the event this Saturday.
UFC Vegas 61 takes place on October 1st at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The map is overwritten by the women’s strawweight bout between top-ranked contenders Mackenzie Dern and Xiaonan Yan. Dern goes into battle to extend her winning streak after defeating Tecia Torres in April. Yan will be looking to get back into the winning column after losing back-to-back to Marina Rodriguez and reigning 115-pound champion Carla Esparza.
Ahead of the upcoming event, the UFC announced it would be closed to the public and media without providing a proper explanation.
It has been suggested that Mark Zuckerberg, Meta’s chief executive officer, has been linked to the unexpected move. Zuckerberg has been gaining momentum in the MMA community with his recent training clips with professional fighter Khai Wu. He also made headlines when he appeared on the popular podcast show Joe Rogan Experience, where he shared his admiration and newfound passion for martial arts.
There has been speculation that Zuckerberg may have something to do with the card being private, and Dern added oil when she claimed he was the reason this weekend’s event was suspended.
White took his Twitter on September 28 to debunk rumors that Zuckerberg rented out the entire show.
“Mark Zuckerberg did NOT rent the UFC Apex. this is total nonsense” he wrote.
Dern claimed Mark Zuckerberg booked the venue on the night
During Wednesday’s pre-fight media day, Dern told reporters that Zuckerberg had made plans to attend the event. Though she didn’t know the details, she made a bold claim about Zuckerberg’s involvement.
“I know that Mark Zuckerberg rented out the whole event,” Dern said (via ESPN). “I know he’ll be there, but I don’t know if it’ll be literally him, his wife, or if he’ll have friends – some kind of party. But from someone who wanted a main event with a crowd, [it’s now] becomes very, very private.”
Dern added, “I’m excited. That just drives me even more to put on a good show. I know everyone is watching on TV, but for Mark and everyone who will be there, put on a show. If what they want to see is a show, then we will put on a show.”
White says there’s no big secret
At last Tuesday’s post-fight press conference for “Dana White’s Contender Series,” White spoke about the closure of UFC Fight Night 211, and in a brief reply he joked that there was no big secret behind the restriction.
“Oh, we just thought you’ve been so busy lately that we’d give you guys an evening off,” White said via Sportkeeda. “Guys, you’re here on Tuesdays, you’re here on Saturdays. Kevin [journalist] actually showed up today. I mean we need to give you guys a break. Well, you’re welcome.”
White added, “You guys should stay home, order a pizza, watch the fights, tape them and enjoy yourself.”
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