The UFC has ventured into dozens of states and across several countries in their nearly 20 year history. They’ve never been to Maine, but UFC president Dana White has plenty of interest in bringing the promotion over.
“I’m trying, and working with my team, to bring a UFC event to Bangor,” said White to the Lewiston Sun Journal. “The arena is new, it’s all redone. The [Hollywood] casino is there now and I’m doing everything in my power to try to bring the UFC here. I think it would be really big for the city to bring the UFC here. Obviously people fly in from all over the world for UFC events, plus it would be on television all over the world so it would be big for the city if I could pull it off.”
The arena holds 8,000 seats and is scheduled to open on September 10, 2013. White said he visited the arena last year, while it was still under construction.
White noted that talk is only in the preliminary stages. Maine legalized MMA in 2009 and Bellator has run shows out of the state.