As expected, the Nevada Athletic Commission approved the return of combat sports Wednesday, giving the final seal of approval for a scheduled UFC Fight Night card to take place Saturday at Las Vegas.
The approval, which came during a hearing held by phone, also opened the door for Top Rank Boxing to host full fight cards June 9 and 11 at the MGM Grand.
The upcoming UFC Fight Night event was slated for the organization's Apex facility, even before state approval was granted. The headliner on the card is a welterweight bout between former champion Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) and Gilbert Burns (18-3).
The state of Nevada suspended all combat sports in March as the coronavirus pandemic was growing.
UFC already has returned to action, holding three recent cards in Jacksonville, Fla. UFC also has another fight card scheduled to take place June 6 at its Las Vegas facility.
None of the approved fight cards will take place in front of a live audience and increased COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including two swab tests by all fighters prior to competing, ESPN reported this week.
--Field Level Media