On Wednesday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, our Dave Meltzer reported that a source has told him that UFC 249 will be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Earlier this week, it was reported by MMA Fighting that the UFC was heading to Florida for the May 9th pay-per-view and booking flights for fighters into Jacksonville with travel to an undisclosed location.
The building has been around since 2003 and hosts a variety of sports events and concerts with a seating capacity of 15,000. The latter would be irrelevant for this event as no fans will be allowed in attendance.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis recently updated an executive order that added professional sports to the list of essential businesses allowed to remain open as long as fans are not in attendance. Any MMA event would be overseen by the Florida State Boxing Commission.
The UFC has been unable to host shows at their APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to the pandemic, and their “Fight Island” international location has not been completed. To date, they have had to postpone or cancel six events.