Brad Tavares has lost hope in the UFC ever staging an event in Hawaii.
Tavares is one of several Hawaiians in the UFC and has talked about the possibility of the Las Vegas-based promotion holding an event there. The UFC could have Max Holloway as the main event while the likes of Tavares, Dan Ige, Punahele Soriano, and Tyson Nam among others could be on the card.
Yet, Tavares admits he has lost hope that the UFC will ever get to Hawaii as he doesn’t think it will ever happen in his career.
What Would Fighting in Hawaii Mean to Brad Tavares?
“It would mean everything,” Tavares said at UFC Vegas 71 media day. “When I first got to the UFC, I was very, very optimistic about it. There we all these rumors swarming, and I got to the point like, ‘Ah, it ain’t happening. It ain’t gonna happen.’ Most recently, when Max (Holloway) was getting together with the HTA, tourism people, and all of that came out, and it was like, ‘OK. Let’s not get our hopes up again, but let’s get our hopes up. That was the final straw for me. UFC Hawaii is not going to happen in my career. In my lifetime, maybe, but not in my UFC career. I highly doubt it.”
Although Brad Tavares doesn’t think he will be able to fight at home, he has taken up residency in Vegas so he knows those are home games for him. But, his hope is to one day be able to fight in the UFC in Hawaii, even though he thinks it is unlikely.
Brad Tavares is set to return to the Octagon on Saturday at UFC Vegas 71 as he will take on Bruno Silva in the co-main event. He is coming off a decision loss to Dricus Du Plessis back at UFC 276 which snapped his two-fight winning streak as he had beaten Omari Akhmedov and Antonio Carlos Junior.