Following a meeting with President Trump, Dana White announced that the UFC will be back in full force in May.
3 Events have been booked in for the month of May at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville behind closed doors.
This follows Florida deeming ‘professional sports with a national audience’ as essential services during the coronavirus outbreak.
The first of which, will be May 9th and is headlined by two title fights.
The main event features top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson taking on Justin Gaethje with the interim lightweight title on the line.
In the co-main event, Henry Cejudo will defend his bantamweight title for the first time against the returning former champion Dominick Cruz.
Also announced, were cards set for the 13th and the 16th the following week, though full cards have not yet been announced. UFC president Dana White took to Instagram Live to talk about the events.
“They want to fight. People are hitting us up and want to fight,” White told ESPN on Instagram Live. “We’re putting together three cards in a week. People who want to fight are going to get fights.”
“Ferguson vs. Gaethje will be one of the most violent fights you’ll ever see, I can guarantee that,” White told ESPN. “They’re two of the best in the world, and the winner will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the title. Khabib will be back in September-October.”
Dana White also said that the UFC is still working on the idea of ‘fight island’, a remote location where international fights can be put on.
We previewed the whole of the UFC 249 card that is coming on May 9th on our newest edition of the ParkLife Sport MMA Podcast.
You can check out all that Liam and Kyle had to say at the link below: