UFC paves the way for sports to return at Florida event

Posted at 7:35 AM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 07:36:35-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UFC President Dana White wanted a major fight card weeks ago. He was confident his team could pull it off.

Coronavirus testing. Fan-free arena. Social distancing. Self-isolation. White looked at all those unprecedented details that seemed too complex and too risky to some outsiders as merely extra challenges.

White and the UFC ended up with a rousing show at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

UFC 249 could serve as a blueprint for sports leagues around the country and the world as they start to resume during a global pandemic