Dana White fulfils his long-time dream opening UFC Performance Institute in Mexico: “Monumental moment in MMA history”

Dana White made the UFC into a multi-billion dollar company with the financial support of Red Rock casino owners, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta. As part of the development of the UFC, the promotion built a Performance Institute in Las Vegas which opened in 2017.

The UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas is free to use for fighters signed with the UFC, and the building also hosts UFC Apex events and the Contender Series. The UFC has been building Performance Institutes on multiple occasions, and Dana White recently inaugurated one. See where it is below.

Dana White opens the UFC Performance Institute in Mexico

Dana White and other UFC personnel are in Mexico for the upcoming UFC Mexico fight card which has Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval in the main event. White did the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the UFC Performance Institute in Mexico, a long-awaited dream of the UFC CEO.

“This has been a dream and goal of mine since 2001. To finally be here and walk the halls of the @ufc Performance Institute in Mexico City is a monumental moment in the history of our sport,” tweeted Dana White with the video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The impact this facility will have on Mexico, as well as, both Central and South America will be MASSIVE,” White further added citing that the Institute will foster the growth of MMA in Central and South America as it is easier to access than the one in Las Vegas due to USA’s stringent visa policies.

The tentative date for the official opening of the Performance Institute is April 12 but no official confirmation has been made by the UFC. In the past year, the UFC had three champions, 2 undisputed and 1 interim, from Mexico and it has already signaled the growth of MMA in Mexico.

MMA fans react to Dana White cutting new Performance Institute ribbon

Dana White’s ribbon cutting in Mexico was met with conflicting remarks on social media platform X. “You could have easily cut that with regular sized scissors,” commented one fan who brought humor into the occasion.

“Shoutout to all the fighters that paid for it,” commented another fan who put a subtle jab into the fighter pay dispute. The UFC is facing a lawsuit in court concerning fighter pay and unfair practices and the fan alluded that the promotion made money by underpaying the fighters in the UFC.

“Seminal moment right here. Thank you, Dana,” another fan thanked the UFC CEO for bringing the UFC Performance Institute to Mexico. As White had tweeted, the fan might have agreed with Dana White’s assessment of facilitating MMA growth in the region.

“OK Hear Me Out…Wednesdays: “El Señor Dana White Contender Series,””commented yet another fan who insinuated that the UFC CEO will possibly make a Mexican version of the Contender Series hosted by the UFC PI in Mexico City.

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