UFC 249 will remain one of the most tumultuous events in the history of MMA. But you won’t know in the promotional video that kicked off the show.
Sunday’s promotion released the video package that opens the May 9 event, and there is no mention of the circumstances that led to the programming on display at VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, not to mention the global coronavirus pandemic that drove him there. The key point? The UFC is back.
Told by actor Ron Perlman, a regular program of à la carte shows opens, the video remains faithful to the present, a fight for the interim light title between former acting champion Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje which has been assembled when the coronavirus excluded undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for an unfortunate date of April 18.
Nurmagomedov may or may not wait for the winner of the May 9 fight. UFC President Dana White said title unifier is next, but also said he “was afraid” of what would happen if Ferguson won and makes a sixth reservation for the UFC cursed clash with the Dagestan champion.
Anyway, Gaethje is the immediate beneficiary of the situation for his eagerness to intensify.
“The old adage is to always be ready,” said Perlman of Gaethje. “To pick up the phone on a call to action. And who better to answer the bell than the human highlighting coil itself. “