UFC 249, the return-to-action event by the Ultimate Fighting Championship after taking some time off because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, will be aired over FOX Sports in the Philippines on Sunday, May 10.
Happening at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, UFC 249 will be headlined by the interim lightweight title clash between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Co-headlining is the UFC bantamweight championship fight between reigning champion Henry Cejudo and challenger and former champ Dominick Cruz.
The event was originally set to take place on April 18 but was postponed because of COVID-19.
The Florida event will be one of the first to restart in the mainland United States, which is still in the thick of the fight against the highly contagious respiratory disease.
“I can’t wait to deliver some great fights for the fans,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement of their return. The UFC will follow the event up with two more cards on May 13 and May 16.
The UFC said the events will be closed to the public and will take place with only essential personnel in attendance.
Others in the main card of UFC 249 are heavyweight Francis Ngannou against Jairzinho Rozenstruik, featherweight Jeremy Stephens versus Calvin Kattar and heavyweight Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro.
Broadcast of the main card of UFC 249 begins at 10 a.m. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo with Reuters