A day after the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced the cancellation of four scheduled events, the news announced that UFC 249 – which was supposed to fall last weekend (April 18, 2020) – was indeed going to fall on May 9.
And while the promotion has once again kept the location of the proposed event a secret, MMA Fighting reports that à la carte (PPV) will disappear in Florida, although a city has not been revealed. According to the report, all of the fighters expected to compete on the map will be flown to Jacksonville, Florida, before heading to the top secret destination.
Governor Ron DeSantis’ office recently found a loophole that would allow the UFC to stage events in “The Sunshine State”, just as it did with WWE. It’s no surprise, then, that Florida is a prime destination for promotion, especially if “Fight Island” isn’t ready yet.
If you remember, Dana White and Co. also tried to keep the previous location a secret for April 18, but the news was eventually leaked, revealing that the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, California, was going to be the host. After initially dodging the report, White finally revealed that he should indeed descend to Lemoore once it was decided to cancel the card.
UFC 249 is tentatively set to headline an interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. In the co-featured act, Henry Cejudo is expected to defend his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz. Recently, Amanda Nunes has excluded herself from the card, which means that she will not defend her 145-pound strap against Felicia Spencer.
No problem, the card is still stacked, as it will also see Francis Ngannou face Jairzinho Rozenstruick, while Donald Cerrone will face Anthony Pettis for the second time. In addition, Uriah Hall will face Jacare Souza in a middleweight action.
To view the full UFC 249 combat map, click here.