UFC resumes fights behind closed doors in Florida

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The UFC, the world’s largest professional mixed martial arts league, is set to resume fighting behind closed doors in Jacksonville on Saturday, seven weeks after the sporting events in the United States were forced to stop due to coronavirus.

This time, the sports channel will rebroadcast UFC 249, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, authorizing the holding of the event because he made professional sport an “essential service” of his state.

The bouts will take place without spectators at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jacksonville, headlined by the vacant lightweight title between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.

The two fighters, accompanied by their staff who wore masks, took part in the traditional weighing on Friday, in front of a very limited staff, and some representatives of the media kept at a distance.