The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Dana White confirmed Friday that UFC 249 would take place in spite of the pandemic of sars coronavirus, and this, on the 9th of may next, to Jacksonville, Florida.
This is what White revealed during an interview with the network ESPN on Instagram. As announced earlier this month, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will ensure the final event with the challenge to the championship’s interim light weight. “Ferguson against Gaethje is probably one of the most vicious fighting that it is possible to organize,” said the UFC president.
Ten other fights of the card have been announced, including a clash between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz, and another between Francis Ngannou to Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
But this is not all. White has claimed that three other galas of its organization will be held on 13, 16 and 23 may. He also mentioned that one of these events would be presented in Jacksonville at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Of course, no gala will be accessible to the public, but will be broadcast on ESPN.
This rapid resumption of activities is encouraged by the decision of the State of Florida to consider all the sporting events professionals as “essential”, provided you keep them behind closed doors. On the side of the famous “Fight Island”, a private island, secret, sensible accommodate, in a little UFC fighters, Dana White stated that it was still in course of construction.