The second week of May will be busy for the UFC.
UFC President Dana White told ESPN in an Instagram Live interview that the promotion plans to host events on May 9, May 13 and May 16 in Florida. The May 9 show was previously announced as the new date for the postponed UFC 249 event (originally scheduled for April 18).
According to White, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has approved the broadcasts and the Florida State Boxing Commission will take care of the regulations.
A press release sent Friday confirmed that UFC 249 will take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. The event will be highlighted by an interim championship fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. It will be broadcast live à la carte exclusively via ESPN +.
White could not confirm where the May 13 and May 16 broadcasts would be broadcast, saying it would be ESPN’s call. However, they will also take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
He added that the UFC is still working to set up Fight Island for future events and that it “should be operational by June”.