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The Ultimate Fighting Championship roller coaster ride has
resumed.

UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Tuesday that the promotion
has targeted May 9 for its next event. That date was originally
scheduled for UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but the card will be
moved to an undisclosed location.

White has already built a full lineup for the event. Among the
targeted fights are a trio of title bouts: Tony
Ferguson
vs. Justin
Gaethje
for the interim lightweight crown; Amanda
Nunes
vs. Felicia
Spencer
for the women’s featherweight belt and Henry
Cejudo
vs. Dominick
Cruz
for the bantamweight championship. Of the 12 proposed
bouts for the card, some have been agreed to, while others are in
the process of being finalized, according to the ESPN report.

The news comes less than a week after UFC 249 was canceled. White
had hoped to move the April 18 event to the Tachi Palace Casino
Resort in Lemoore, Calif., but he was ultimately asked to “stand
down” by high-ranking Disney and ESPN executives. Afterward, White
insisted that the UFC would be the first sports organization to
resume its schedule.



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The Florida government recently
updated the list of essential services
in the state to include
“employees at a professional sports and media production with a
national audience” if the location is closed to the public, and
World Wrestling Entertainment is already holding three events per
week there at its Performance Center in Orlando. White has also
mentioned a privately secured island that could host fights by May,
though details remain scarce regarding that venue.

The full proposed lineup for the May 9 UFC event is as follows:

Tony
Ferguson
vs. Justin
Gaethje

Henry
Cejudo
vs. Dominick
Cruz

Amanda
Nunes
vs. Felicia
Spencer

Francis
Ngannou
vs. Jairzinho
Rozenstruik

Jeremy
Stephens
vs. Calvin
Kattar

Donald
Cerrone
vs. Anthony
Pettis

Greg
Hardy
vs. Yorgan De
Castro

Alexey
Oleynik
vs. Fabricio
Werdum

Carla
Esparza
vs. Michelle
Waterson

Ronaldo
Souza
vs. Uriah
Hall

Vicente
Luque
vs. Niko
Price

Charles
Rosa
vs. Bryce
Mitchell

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