LAS VEGAS – The UFC’s sprawling headquarters will soon have a unique new addition.
UFC president Dana White said the promotion is currently planning on building its own hotel on the property, adding to a layout that already includes the company’s corporate headquarters, the UFC Performance Institute and the UFC Apex.
“I don’t even know if you guys know this, but f-ck it, I’ll tell you anyway,” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie, following Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 30 event at UFC Apex. “We just bought 10 acres over here, too. We’ve got another 10 acres now. More stuff coming soon.”
When pressed on what that “more stuff” might include, White revealed the promotion was planning on building its own hotel.
“We’re going to build our own hotel,” White said. “We’ll be completely self-sufficient.”
White went on to clarify that the hotel would not be designed to cater to the public, but rather to house athletes and staff working the company’s events.
“It will be more designed for fighters,” White said. “Just like the Apex was designed for fighting and putting on special events, this place would be designed exactly for what our needs are in a hotel.”
While the UFC long enjoyed setting up shop in Las Vegas’ luxury hotels, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to take over a local Holiday Inn and Residence Inn in order to create a “bubble” for those involved in the fight cards.
Having their own hotel would provide an added element of operational ease, and White said it would prove economical, as well.
“Obviously with what’s going on right now, our own hotel would pay for itself real quickly,” White said.
White said he hopes to have the hotel operational next year, though the ongoing pandemic could certainly affect construction plans.