Contender Series, COVID, UFC statement on UFC 249

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 20: A general view of the Octagon during Dana White's Contender Series season three week nine at the UFC Apex on August 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Dana White says UFC’s May 30 event at the Apex in Las Vegas is “A go”

The UFC’s next event is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada according to UFC president Dana White.

White told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the promotion will host the event at the UFC Apex on Saturday, May 30.

“We are a go on the 30th,” White said to the Review-Journal via text message.

Just four days ago at the UFC on ESPN 8 post-fight press conference, White said Arizona was another option for the event. White looked at Arizona because of the Nevada Athletic Commission’s current ban on combat sports, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

White’s statement to the Review-Journal hints that the NAC’s restrictions could be eased sooner rather than later. The NAC is yet to make an official announcement.

The UFC became the first major sports organization in the United States to return during the pandemic. The promotion held three events in Jacksonville, Florida, starting with UFC 249 on May 9. 

Throughout all three cards, only one bout was scrapped due to a positive test. Ronaldo Souza and two of his cornermen tested positive the night before his scheduled bout with Uriah Hall at UFC 249. 

All staff, fighters and cornermen took mandatory tests at the host hotel for all three UFC events.

The May 30 card features a main event between former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns. The card only consists of three official bouts at the moment.

UFC 250 is also slated for Las Vegas, headlined by the women’s featherweight champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Felicia Spencer.

Having the Apex available would offer the promotion for options. The UFC held Dana White’s Contender Series at the Apex during the past three summers.

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