According to the official announcement from UFC, the UFC 249 event will take place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, Florida) on May 9.
It is known that this will also be the venue for the next 2 events of UFC, scheduled for May 13 and 16. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, all three events took place without spectators.
The focus of UFC 249 will be the confrontation between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Winners will receive Interim Lightweight, which will compete with Khabib Nurmagomedov. The co-event was the bantamweight protection match for defending champion Henry Cejudo against Dominick Cruiz.
UFC prepared more than 1200 Covid-19 test kits for UFC 249
The UFC has prepared more than 1200 sets of Covid-19 virus test kits, one of the mandatory factors to ensure the safe event of UFC 249.
UFC was allowed to host events again after Florida governor Ron DeSantis named the group “essential activity” between the Covid-19 pandemic.
On May 9, UFC will return through the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, Florida). According to a source from journalist John Ourand of Sports Business magazine, the UFC has prepared more than 1200 sets of Covid-19 test kits to ensure the event took place safely.
UFC 249 will take place without an audience
In the near future, UFC will need more test kits, as the number one planet MMA tournament plans to hold two more events on May 13 and 16.
The fact that sports leagues have priority in getting test kits is controversial. According to Adam Silver, president of the NBA (the American professional basketball league), the tournament will not return, if forced to use a large number of test suites, in the context of shortages in hospitals and nursing facilities.
Other squirrels in the US. It is estimated that the NBA needs more than 15,000 test kits to ensure safety for athletes and staff. On the UFC side, Ep Epstein, the company’s chief executive, said that the test kit they currently own does not affect those who really need them.