After five canceled fight cards and plenty of debates, UFC 249: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje kicked off three events in only eight days in Jacksonville, FL.
With new health and safety measures implemented due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), only Jacare Souza and two of his cornermen tested positive this past week.
Although there is growing optimism the UFC can continue its highly-anticipated 2020 schedule, there is currently uncertainty surrounding their next event.
President Dana White confirmed he is targeting Arizona for UFC Fight Night 176 on May 30 if the Apex in Las Vegas is ultimately not an option for them, via ESPN:
UFC president Dana White said late Saturday night that if the promotion can’t hold its May 30 event at its Apex building in Las Vegas, then the card will take place in Arizona.
While White believes the UFC could safely have events at the Apex, combat sports remain suspended indefinitely in Nevada but that recently changed in Arizona:
Combat sports remain suspended indefinitely in Nevada, but Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday that sports can return to his state beginning Saturday.
With the media heavily criticizing the UFC for even having these events, the new health and safety measures provided an example for other sports leagues.
While it is unclear how other sports leagues will handle positive tests, it appears the UFC reduced the risks by fighting in a centralized location without fans.
As White returns to Las Vegas and figures out the location, the main event is not official yet at this time, but they are targeting Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns.
If the UFC can successfully have another event in a different state, it could serve as momentum for other leagues to continue under the right circumstances soon.