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UFC's return could provide blueprint for other pro leagues

Relocated UFC 249 could 'bring sense of normalcy to people'
Posted at 11:50 AM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 14:50:49-04

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.