Dana White goes all in for 9 May UFC fight card with three possible title bouts


Dana White wants to host a UFC event on 9 May

Dana White doesn’t know how to take no for an answer. Just days after ESPN and Disney cancelled UFC 249, the UFC president has confirmed plans for an event on 9 May.

White has always tried to get things done in the UFC, despite odds being against him, and it is no surprise that the promotion is now one of the biggest sporting brands in the world.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is set for UFC 249
Khabib Nurmagomedov (L) faces off against Tony Ferguson (R) during a press conference (Digital Trends)

While details are sketchy for the 9 May UFC event, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto shared some details of what the fight card could be like.

The event is stacked with several big names, but the reporter added that the fights are yet to be confirmed.

Going for all or nothing

Okamoto added that some fighters had agreed to the 9 May UFC card and there are three titles on the line.

Tony Ferguson will finally get to fight and win the Lightweight title, but it is just an interim one. He was supposed to face Justin Gaethje after Khabib Nurmagomedov was left in Russia.

However, that was called off at UFC 249 and Ferguson should face Gaethje at the new UFC event.

There is another big clash with Henry Cejudo defending his Bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz. Jose Aldo was to face the champion but Cruz has been brought in to replace the Bantamweight star.

Henry Cejudo is a two-division UFC champion
Henry Cejudo bleeds from in the third round against Demetrious Johnson (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Amanda Nunes also defends her title against Felicia Spencer. Having three title clashes in one card is a big call from White.

The UFC has to return with a bang and White seemingly is going all in.

More fights, more madness

To ensure that the 9 May UFC card is stacked and everyone is glued to their TV sets, White has also put in some stellar non-title bouts.

These fights are to be confirmed but getting Donald Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis will be great viewing. The Cowboy does his bit of antagonising his opponents, and he has a month to get under the skin of Pettis.

Similarly, we would have two big strikers in Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik on the card too.

Francis Ngannou almost beat Stipe Miocic to win the heavyweight title
Francis Ngannou attends UFC Fight Night: Ultimate media day at Wanda Realm Hotel (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

The card for now looks to be incredible but things have to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Okamoto has confirmed that some of the stars have said yes. However, this is a fluid card which could change soon.

However, White is always trying to do his best for the promotion and this is a big risk given that UFC 249 has been cancelled, twice.

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