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 Post subject: UFC president Dana White eyes May 9 for next event at TBD location
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LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White has promised that his company will be the first major sports organization to return to a normal schedule amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and he is already planning his next event for May 9 at a location to be determined.

White told ESPN on Tuesday that he is deep in the process of building out the card, despite the recent postponement of a UFC 249 pay-per-view event on April 18. The UFC has had to postpone events on March 21, March 28, April 11 and April 18 due to the coronavirus.

In an interview with ESPN late last week, White was adamant that he had a plan in place to hold UFC 249 at Tachi Palace Casino Resort on tribal lands in Lemoore, California, but he said ESPN asked him to "stand down" due to ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus. ESPN later confirmed White's comments in a statement.

The UFC's next pay-per-view event is UFC 250, originally scheduled to take place on May 9 in Rio de Janeiro. That event will no longer happen in Brazil, but White told ESPN that is the date his promotion has targeted for a return -- and he already has the potential card built out.

Some of the targeted fights include an interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, a bantamweight title fight between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz, who has publicly accepted the bout, and a featherweight fight between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer, both of whom have publicly accepted.

Several of the bouts have already been agreed to, and others are in the process of being finalized. A new welterweight matchup, for instance, between Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Anthony Pettis has been verbally agreed to, sources said.

Per sources, several fighters expressed an eagerness to compete, but some are frustrated over the recent cancellations and expressed a hesitancy to fully commit. None of the targeted fights will be 100% official until bout agreements are signed.

A number of other matchups were previously booked at UFC 249 or on one of the other postponed cards. The entire targeted lineup, which is subject to change, according to White, is as follows:

Ferguson vs. Gaethje

Cejudo vs. Cruz

Nunes vs. Spencer

Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar

Cerrone vs. Pettis

Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro

Alexei 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


White declined to comment on a potential location for the event. The UFC president has commented on the possibility of a "Fight Island" being ready to host an event in a month, but he has not disclosed where it is.

Source: https://www.espn.com/mma/ufc/story/_/id ... d-location

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