UFC Set to Return in Florida

Tony Ferguson
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06: Tony Ferguson looks on while competing against Anthony Pettis in their lightweight bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

UFC President Dana White just confirmed that the UFC will be back in action on May 9. The news was broken during a live chat with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. White laid out the UFC’s plans for the near future. In addition to the card on May 9, there will be two additional cards in the same week, one on May 13 and one on May 16. Both of those cards will take place in Florida. This ends speculation on the location. White confirmed that the state athletic commission, the mayor and the governor of Florida have given the event their blessing. However, fans will not be in attendance for any of the events. 

In response to queries about the Coronavirus, White repeatedly assured that the UFC will undertake all efforts to ensure health and safety, including spending “a ton of money”. After May 9, the UFC will be back in action assured White. White’s announcement comes in the wake of much speculation following multiple cards being scrapped.

White announced that there will also be an event on May 23, but declined to confirm a location for that.

The media day and fight week for the card on May 9, officially named UFC 249, will be similar to the UFC Brasilia event. Less than 10 media members would be present.

Fight Island

When asked about Fight Island, White confirmed that the infrastructure continues to be built. The Island is expected to be operational by the first week of June. International fighters will be booked to fight on the island. White confirmed that in fact, there will be an octagon on the beach.

UFC 249 – a stacked card

Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will headline the May 9 event. White called it one of the most violent fights ever made.  The other fights on the card are:

Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz for the Bantamweight title

Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar

Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis

Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro

Alexsei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum

Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Uriah Hall

Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price

Charles Rosa vs. Bryce Mitchell

Additionally, White also confirmed that Khabib Nurmagomedov will make his return by September.

1 COMMENT

  1. It’s great to have some fights and sports back on the calendar.
    Idk why the other leagues aren’t following suit and having events in empty arenas.

    Great card, sucks no Khabib vs Tony but still good card.

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