UFC Fight Night Card for May 30 Approved by Nevada Athletic Commission

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MAY 09: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media after UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has signed off on UFC's Saturday event at the company's APEX facility in Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Marc Raimondi.

"Throughout this process, we've been working hand in glove with the UFC," NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said. "I'm aware of their operations plan and everything is moving forward based on their operations plan and our protocols."

UFC had staged its last three events at an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tyron Woodley is slated to fight Gilbert Burns in the main event of Saturday's card.

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Here's the full main card:

  • Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns, welterweight division
  • Blagoy Ivanov vs. Augusto Sakai, heavyweight division
  • Billy Quarantillo vs. Spike Carlyle, catchweight
  • Roosevelt Roberts vs. Brok Weaver, lightweight division
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Hannah Cifers, women's strawweight division

It was initially unclear as to whether Las Vegas would be a suitable location for Saturday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. UFC President Dana White had kept Arizona as a backup plan if Nevada officials prevented the company from holding fights in the state.

According to MMA Junkie's Nolan King, the Nevada Athletic Commission signed off on UFC 250 in June as well, in addition to Top Rank boxing showcases.

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Amanda Nunes will defend the UFC women's featherweight title belt against Felicia Spencer in the main event of UFC 250, which is also at UFC's APEX facility.

The much-anticipated Fight Island remains in the conceptual stage at this point, with White divulging little in the way of specifics about the plan beyond his hope of having things ready in June.

Should UFC get the necessary pieces in place for Fight Island, it could have more clarity about the status of its events going forward and not have to worry about individual athletic commissions.