UFC 254 will have no fans in attendance, despite efforts from Abu Dhabi government officials. Save for a “small handful of attendees,” the Oct. 24 event at the Flash Forum in Yas Island remains closed to the general public.
- Last week, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism broached the possibility of welcoming a live audience. The idea was to segregate outside fans from the “bubble” provided for UFC officials, event staff, the fighters, and their coaches.
- According to the DCT marketing director Saeed Rashed Al Saeed, the plan won’t proceed unless it gets the green light from other government officials. They’ll also need to ensure that everything is “foolproof.”
- On Monday, an ESPN report claimed that the approval didn’t come on time to put up tickets for release. As a result, UFC 254 will go without crowds, like the 24 previous events.
- UFC 254 is the sixth and biggest UFC pay-per-view event without a crowd. Headlining the fight card is the unification lightweight title bout between undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje.