UFC expects first event at Perth Arena early 2018
MMA fighter out of Western Australia, Steve Kennedy / Pic: Facebook

UFC is expected to make its debut in Western Australia in the first quarter of 2018 at Perth Arena.

Earlier this year the new Labor Government in Western Australian rescinded the 2013 ban on the MMA octagon (fenced safety enclosure). The change brought WA into line with the rest of the country as well as other jurisdictions around the world.

With an example of the 2015 UFC 193 Rousey vs Holm event in Melbourne, the UFC’s head of international content Joe Carr told the ABC on Wednesday that the UFC event in Perth could generate “$15 to 20million” for Western Australia. He has advised that several dates at Perth Arena have been put on a “tentative hold”.

A spokesman for Perth Arena has confirmed it was in discussion with UFC officials. However he could not confirm “which dates, if any, had been put on hold”, reports Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“There’s a couple dates available and we’ve put a couple on tentative hold,” said Carr. “Obviously that [Rousy vs. Holm bout in Melbourne] was massive. An event at Perth Arena, particularly if it’s a pay-per-view event where we can attract people from outside Australia, can generate $15 to $20 million in economic impact.”

Also, Sydney Morning Herald quotes Carr revealing that, the UFC is “pretty certain” to host an event in Perth early next year. As well, it is being discussed if the pay-per-view event will be taking place.

“We’re pretty certain that we’re going to go to Perth in the first quarter of next year,” said Carr. “What we’re really debating now internally is if Australia is due for another pay-per-view.”

Cassandra Wright – new appointed Chair of WA Combat Sports Commission (CSC).

In addition, late June the Government of Western Australia announced in a media statement that the senior associate and active member of the West Pilbara Liquor Accord, Cassandra Wright has been appointed as a new Combat Sports Commission chair, replacing the previous chair Roslyn Carbon who carried the role since last year. Combat Sports Commission is the authority responsible for the safe regulation of combat sports in Western Australia, overseeing the Combat Sports Act to ensure health and safety of participants.

“Ms Wright’s appointment follows the recent gazettal of the new rules for mixed martial arts (MMA) contests to allow the use of fenced enclosures,” says the statement.