The coronavirus meant that sport around the world was ground to a halt and event after event being cancelled. This was the same for the UFC, but they kickstarted the return for sport and have since continued this impressive return. It all started with UFC 249, which was held in Jacksonville, Florida. The event took place on May 9th and proved to be a major success, having been rescheduled from its original date of April 21st. The card included a number of impressive performances, such as wins for Francis Ngannou and the now retired Henry Cejudo. Justin Gaethje also won the main event, as he pulled off the upset against Tony Ferguson. This was despite starting off as the underdog and lots of support for Ferguson from punters using the latest deals at all-bonus-codes.co.uk. That victory now set’s him up for a title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year and he will again be starting as the underdog, with Khabib likely to come in for a lot of support.
Several weeks later and we saw UFC 250 taking place in the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. This had originally been scheduled to take place at Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Brazil but this had to be moved due to the coronavirus. The event was moved from the 9th of May to June 6th and was another that proved to be a major success. It was headlined by Amanda Nunes, who completely dominated challenger Felicia Spencer to retain her featherweight title. This saw her win via a unanimous points decision and further establish herself as potentially the greatest female fighter in history.
There were many other key performances on the card, such as Bantamweight Cody Garbrandt returning to winning ways with a stunning second round knockout of Raphael Assuncao. Aljamain Sterling, Neil Magny and Sean O’Malley were also winners on the card. The latter continues his rise up the ranks and could yet be a challenger for Garbrandt in the near future.
UFC Fight Night in Austin has been another event to take place since the return, which saw Dustin Poirier take on Dan Hooker in the main event. This lightweight bout turned out to be one of the fights of the year, in what was an incredible fight with both fighters continuing to exchange in the middle of the octagon. Poirier eventually picked up the victory via a decision. Other key performances on the card included victories for both Gian Villante and Mike Perry.
These all continued the impressive return for the UFC since the break, and there are now many other exciting cards to look forward to for the rest of 2020.