UFC is rumoured to return on May 9 and the card for the night looks insane.
This comes after Dana White’s announcement that UFC 249 and other UFC events would have to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto, however, broke the news that UFC’s postponement might not be for as long as we first thought, claiming that Dana White has said that the company are looking towards May 9 as their next fight night.
White is rumoured to be adamant that the UFC will get back on schedule, which is believable as he didn’t even want UFC 249 to be postponed in the first place, as he pushed very hard for the event to go-ahead.
Other good news is that Tony Ferguson has already signed up to the main event this mega card if it is to go-ahead. As well as this, a massive welterweight bout between Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Anthony Pettis has been ‘verbally agreed’.
The location for the postponed UFC 249 is still a mystery, however, it has been confirmed it will not be in Rio de Janeiro, which was meant to house UFC 250 on that date.
UFC could potentially take after the WWE and have UFC 249 in Florida. The WWE broadcasted ‘Monday Night Raw’ live from their Performance Centre in Orlando this week. Which means this could be a possibility for UFC.
The state of Florida declared that “employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience are classed as an essential service.”
According to the UFC president, they had found a venue for UFC 249 to go-ahead on its original date, however, he was told by executives at both UFC partners Disney and ESPN to postpone the event.
Here’s a look at how stacked the reported UFC 249 card could be:
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Uriah Hall
Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
Charles Rosa vs. Bryce Mitchell