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After a little bit of confusion, the Ultimate Fighting
Championship’s upcoming event has a numerical designation – and a
potential host.

The May 9 card, which will reportedly be held in Florida, will
proceed as UFC 249, according to ESPN.
The original UFC 249 card was scheduled for April 18 at the
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The coronavirus pandemic
forced the promotion to attempt to relocate the card to the Tachi
Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, California, but ultimately ESPN
and Disney executives requested that UFC president Dana White
“stand down” in his plans to proceed with the event.

According to a Tuesday report from
MMAFighting.com
, the newly-minted UFC 249 will be held at a
still-undisclosed location in Florida on May 9. Fighters will
initially fly into Jacksonville before being traveling to the
venue. Florida has
deemed professional sports as essential
by government order,
which would conceivably make it easier to hold an event in “The
Sunshine State” without resistance. White has also stated that the
promotion would likely
hold events at the UFC Apex
“for the foreseeable future,” but
it appears unlikely that Nevada will relax social distancing
restrictions in time for UFC 249.

Meanwhile, May 9 was originally the date for UFC 250, which was
slated for Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That event,
along with cards slated for April 25 (Omaha), May 2 (Oklahoma City)
and May 16 (San Diego), were officially
canceled
by the UFC. However, the May 9 and May 16 events were
only canceled at their original location, as the announcement
specified that those cards would not “continue as planned” in their
respective cities.

Last week, White
unveiled a full fight card
with the target date of May 9. As it
stands now, UFC 249 will be headlined by an interim lightweight
championship bout between Tony
Ferguson
and Justin
Gaethje
and also features a bantamweight title tilt pitting
Henry
Cejudo
against Dominick
Cruz
. UFC 249 has already lost one bout, as two-division queen
Amanda
Nunes
recently announced she would not defend her 145-pound
belt against Felicia
Spencer
on May 9 as originally planned.


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