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The UFC is heading to Hawaii

Over the past couple of years, the UFC has entertained the possibility of having a show on Hawaii. Unfortunately, due to the large tax (estimated to be about 8%), the UFC has decided not to have a card there.

However, that is about to change.

“We fixed the thing in Hawaii,” said Dana White. “We’re going to go to Hawaii. They had that crazy f’n tax going on.”

What should make the UFC’s potential trip to Hawaii intriguing to the non-Hawaiian resident is the building that will host it.

“We’re going to go to Hawaii, and the only place we can do it is in the Aloha Bowl,” said White. “All the other venues are too small.”

The capacity of the Aloha Bowl for UFC event will be in excess of 50,000. With BJ Penn the likely headliner, they have a chance to get near the capacity for the show. In the past, the UFC stated that they to do not want to run large arenas because it will take away from the “UFC experience”, but in Hawaii, they do not have other serious options.

The size of the audience will be larger than that of any U.S. MMA or boxing match in recent memory. The only U.S. “fighting-style” event that routinely plays in those size arenas is Wrestlemania. Should the UFC run the Aloha Bowl, the event may very well be too large for the entire country not to take notice. It could make a tremendous impact.

5 COMMENTS
  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    They should consider selling tickets cheaper than normal in an attempt to fill up the arena.

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  • antone3x7 says:

    The stadium is actually called Aloha Stadium. The Aloha Bowl was the college bowl game played at Aloha Stadium from 1986 to 2000. Dana simply misstated the stadium’s name during his Q&A session at the Expo.

    Especially since I’m from Hawaii, I’m so excited about this news! Dana’s mentioned Hawaii several times the past few years, so I’m glad he’s kept his enthusiasm to bring UFC to the islands. The fight culture is big here and Hawaii could bridge the UFC to Japan, execept for the fact that he says the crooks in Japan will “kill him” if he goes over there.

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  • drdsanders says:

    I saw Holyfield fight in the Georgiadome. Had to watch the fight on the big monitor cause I couldn’t see sh*t from my seats. I would rather pay a lil more to go to a smaller where I can actually see the fighters.

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  • redness says:

    BJ in Hawaii sick

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  • Patrickk says:

    Wish I could go. Hawaii beach, fun in the sun, casinos, AND a spectacular UFC event all in one place serves for an awesome, event-filled vacay!

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