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Coronavirus: UFC president White targeting May 9 for next event

Las Vegas, April 15: UFC president Dana White is planning to stage his next event on May 9 amid the coronavirus pandemic. UFC 249 was called off last week due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has claimed the lives of at least 126,600 people worldwide. The event – originally scheduled to be held in Brooklyn on April 18 – was set to be headlined by Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje after the latter replaced unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov because of travel issues.

Despite White’s best efforts in trying to secure an alternative location at Tachi Palace in California, ESPN asked the UFC boss to postpone the event. But White is still eager to deliver mixed martial arts action as soon as possible, telling ESPN he is working on his next event at a location to be determined. According to ESPN, the targeted card for May 9 includes Ferguson’s showdown with Gaethje and Donald Cerrone versus Anthony Pettis.