The previously postponed pay-per-view event UFC 249 has now been slated for May 9th, with the plan being for the show to happen in the state of Florida, USA. Originally reported by Mike Heck of MMA Fighting, the commission within the state is ready to regulate an event “as long as it adheres to the guidelines.”
Other fights are being booked for the card, as UFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell tweeted a photo of his contract for a fight against Charles Rosa. “See y’all at UFC 249 May 9th somewhere on earth,” said Mitchell in the tweet.
The Trial and Error of UFC 249
UFC 249 was first meant to take place on April 18th, with the whereabouts shifted due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. First meant for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the venue became unknown for a while after the state became the epicentre of the outbreak in the United States.
On short notice, UFC were reportedly set to hold the event at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in California. The final nail in the coffin for the event taking place in April was a phonecall that UFC President Dana White got from ESPN and Disney telling him not to hold it.
UFC 249’s original headlining fight was Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his UFC Lightweight Championship against longtime contender Tony Ferguson. Due to travel restrictions, Nurmagomedov was ruled out of competition.
Before UFC 249 was cancelled the first time, the replacement plan saw Ferguson booked against Justin Gaethje for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship.