There are only a few hours left before UFC 249 leaves later this evening (Saturday, May 9, 2020) live on ESPN + pay-per-view (PPV) from inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, in Florida, in the guise of Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje compete in the main event for the light interim title of the UFC.
While the UFC had to face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and two of his cornermen tested positive for the coronavirus late Friday evening, the show remains on schedule as the promotion tries to bring a little normalcy in a sports world passionate. This is one of the reasons why the UFC is spending so much money to organize its return this weekend in Jacksonville and also why the UFC 249, despite Souza’s defeat against Uriah Hall, remains one of the best maps on paper.
Like most athletes, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor will be watching UFC 249 live this evening live on ESPN + PPV. Not only is “Notorious” curious to see how Ferguson vs Gaethje is revealed, but the UFC star is also interested in how the promotion is handling its first quarantine event. This could greatly affect McGregor’s immediate fighting future.
McGregor, who has been busy helping his home country of Ireland to limit the spread of COVID-19, sent the following message to UFC fighters and staff in advance for the event. tonight:
I wish all my fellow combatants good health as they introduce us this evening! # UFC249 on ESPN +
Good luck and God is speeding up men and women. Competitors to cleaners. Thank you all ❤️
Also pray for Jacare Souza and her team to fully recover. # UFC249 #ESPN
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2020
“I wish all my fellow combatants good health as they introduce us tonight! Good luck and God is speeding up men and women. Competitors to cleaners. Thank you all, “wrote McGregor via Twitter.
“Also pray for Jacare Souza and her team to fully recover. “
The UFC is somewhat of a crash test dummy as the first major sport organization to resume operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The promotion has already implemented COVID-19 procedures and a redesigned protocol to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We will have to wait and see how it all happens.
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