JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — 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.