A packed crowd. Chants of Duval. Even more chants of USA. Stars and celebrities everywhere. A night that Jacksonville waited for was worth every bit of the wait.
And it's just getting started.
Jacksonville hosted its biggest night of combat sports since 1996, and perhaps ever, on Saturday night, a sold-out crowd of 15,269 for the star-packed UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
Tim Tebow. Gardner Minshew. Tom Brady. Myles Jack. Megan Fox. Machine Gun Kelly. Even YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul made a cameo and fired up the crowd with repeated two-finger salutes that added to a surreal atmosphere at the arena.
"I don't think it gets any better than tonight," said UFC president Dana White. "I mean, you couldn't have a better night than tonight. I mean I don't know how you guys felt but the whole night was a holy **** night. ... It was amazing. The crowd was amazing. The fights were amazing."