Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena has been confirmed as the venue for next month’s superfight between mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) star Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The pair will meet at the Nevada arena on August 26 after an agreement was reached between the Big3 basketball league, MGM Resorts, Mayweather Promotions and UFC regarding the use of the venue.
T-Mobile Arena had been due to host the championship finals of the Big3, a new three-on-three, half-court competition founded by actor, producer and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz.
The Big3 season finale will now take place at the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena at 1:30pm PST, with the McGregor-Mayweather fight to take place in the evening.
Ice Cube and Kwatinetz said in a statement: “We are grateful to MGM Resorts, Mayweather Promotions and UFC for presenting us with a generous offer that we could not refuse, ensuring that our fans will have the best experience possible at our Big3 championship finals at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“We are happy we could work together to create an opportunity for our fans to experience both events, making August 26 the most exciting day in sports and entertainment Las Vegas has ever seen.”
UFC president Dana White added: “We appreciate Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz and the Big3 for their willingness to work together on bringing the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight to T-Mobile Arena. We look forward to working together with them to ensure that the people in Las Vegas and those watching both events at home will experience a historic day in sports that they’ll never forget.”
Fans who had already purchased tickets for the Big3 event at the T-Mobile Arena will earn priority seating for the MGM Grand Garden Arena event.
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