Report: May 9th UFC event has a name and location
While far from official, several sources now point to the May 9th UFC event taking place in Florida, and having a very familiar name.
All things considered; The UFC will attempt to go ahead with business. Despite the ongoing, global pandemic, UFC president Dana White has remained determined to host more UFC events, effectively becoming the first and only major sports league in operation.
When the promotion announced that they would be holding an event on May 9th, this prompted many questions. White was sure that the previously cancelled UFC 249 would go ahead, until the event was shut down at the behest of broadcast partner ESPN and the governor of California. Now things seem more secure, however, and according to reports the May 9th event will be called UFC 249, and go down in Florida.
First ESPN’s Brett Okamoto posted the reported name of the event, as it seems that the UFC have decided to treat UFC 249 as simply a moved and postponed event.
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“Guys, breaking news: The UFC’s next event has an official name,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported. “Per the organization, May 9th, at a location TBA, is officially … UFC 249. Tell your friends.”
According to MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, UFC 249 on May 9th will happen in Florida, a state that has much more lenient restrictions in regards to Covid-19. The venue and city aren’t yet disclosed, however according to sources, fighters will be flown into Jacksonville before being transported from there.
The new, May 9th UFC 249 will feature an interim title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Originally a title fight between Ferguson and reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was planned for the event, though the unprecedented circumstances of the world led to the latter being forced to withdraw.
A bantamweight title fight between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz is also expected to occur at the event. A third title bout between reigning featherweight champ Amanda Nunes and Canadian challenger Felicia Spencer was expected, but Nunes pulled out of the bout due to unsatisfactory training conditions.