Breaking news out of the UFC.
Organization president Dana White told reporters and fans at a press conference that he’s working on a Hawaii show and it will be announced soon.
The UFC has had an on-again, off-again relationship with bringing the 50th state its first event.
But the recent success of Waianae native and fifth-ranked featherweight Max Holloway has coincided with a rigorous campaign by Holloway to bring his organization home to Hawaii.
Holloway says he’s not celebrating yet, but has gotten recent word of encouragement from his boss.
“I saw him in Dublin when I was up there for Louis (Smolka)’s fight and I told him when is this UFC Hawaii going down? And before he brushed me off, but now he looked me dead in the eye and said, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing kid. It’s closer than you think,'” Holloway said. “So we’ll see what happens. I’m excited he’s talking about it more. Before, he’d brush it off. You wouldn’t even bring it up. Now he’s talking about it and saying that they have something under wraps.”
According to Holloway, B.J. Penn said he would come out of retirement for the event. Sources in Penn’s camp say he’s been training in Utah.
There’s no word yet on a potential date or location for the proposed show.
Holloway is slated to fight Jeremy Stephens on Dec. 12.