UFC President Dana White Announces Reopening

May 05, 2020 15:05Joe Tarzaiski
UCF to Resume Fights This Week

Dana White, UFC president, reveals the end of the on and off process of continuing the UFC season is the first listed ticket for the contest on May 13 between Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira. They were initially scheduled to fight April 25, but the event was cancelled to the COVID-19 pandemic. May 16 will headline Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris, rescheduling the April 11 initial bout date.

Now that UFC is back up and running and scheduled to reopen on May 9. It’s finally something to wager on, and hopefully the beginning of regaining normalcy in the sports betting world.

White has fulfilled his pledge to continue gaming with the UFC amid the global pandemic. He has spoken about this for several weeks, and secured the VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Florida for hosting a PPV and two Fight Nights through the course of seven days.

What Does This Mean to the Sports Betting Industry?

Promotions yield a product called UFC Event Center (UFCEC). The UFC partnered with IMG Arena to launch this sports betting product.

IFCEC will be available to all of IMG’s betting partners around the country. More than 300 operators have access to official UFC data. They initiate information for fans to bet on fight outcomes in real-time.

Lawrence Epstein, an official within the UFC, commented:

“In-game betting is the fastest-growing part of the sports-gaming industry. Some of the stuff we’re doing is stuff that hasn’t been done with respect to UFC in the past. We’re for anything that increases fan engagement.”

Bet365 has an Open Account Offer available to new customers, giving up to $100 in Bet Credits for new customers at Bet365.

The Westgate sports betting app is returning to sports bettors just in time for the return to UFC. The app will be available to bake bets starting May 7 and sports bettors in Vegas will see betting lines for everything possibly still running.

Westgate Vice President Jay Kornegay stated: “It’s an energy boost for everyone. We’re very thrilled to be back.”

The good news is, online sportsbooks are available for the state of Nevada, so residents have access to wagering to the UFC action this weekend.

Only existing customers will be eligible to use the Westgate app. New players will be held from gaming until the casinos reopen their doors to create an account.

Safety Precautions for COVID-19 Issues

“Everybody who is going to be there will be screened,” said a source with knowledge of the situation. “We have doctors lined up, hospitals lined up, all the things you need to run a show. For the UFC to self-regulate an event is not unusual at all.”

The UFC event will most definitely have the undivided attention of both the sporting and betting public salivating for live entertainment. The UFC had better have a strong grip with what it’s attempting. Human lives depend on it.

Joe Tarzaiski
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Joe Tarzaiski began his sports writing career in 2004 in the Philadelphia market, analyzing and handicapping professional sports, college sports, poker and various table games. He currently reports on the increased efforts on the legalization and continual growth of sports betting throughout the United States. A Philadelphia University alum, Joe is dedicated to following current trends in both the gaming community and daily news throughout the sports world.
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