The Ultimate Fighting Championship is exploring the possibility of moving its May pay-per-view event from Sao Paulo, Brazil to the United States, according to a report from Brazilian media outlet Combate.
UFC 250 is scheduled to take place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium on May 9 and is headlined by a women’s featherweight championship clash between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer. In the co-main event, Henry Cejudo will defend the bantamweight crown against Jose Aldo, while Mauricio is expected to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in another featured contest.
According to the report, the promotion has contacted Aldo and Rua about the possibility of traveling to the U.S. for the event. A potential new location for UFC 250 is not known at this time. Other Brazilian fighters slated to compete on the card, such as Bethe Correia and Augusto Sakai, have not yet been contacted by UFC officials regarding travel out of the country. Nunes and Spencer, both of whom live in the U.S., have expressed a willingness to fight in Florida on social media.
The Las Vegas-based organization’s upcoming schedule has been thrown into disarray due to the coronavirus pandemic. UFC president Dana White has repeatedly insisted that UFC 249 will take place as planned on April 18, but the location and lineup for that card remain uncertain. The promotion has not officially postponed or canceled any events beyond that date.
The Sports Department of the State of Sao Paulo is expected to announce a decision regarding UFC 250 in the coming days, according to Combate.
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