JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — UFC President Dana White nonetheless needs “Struggle Island.”

He’s quickly settling for a peninsula — and needed to name off a bout after a fighter examined positive for the coronavirus.

UFC 249 will function the primary main sporting occasion to happen for the reason that pandemic shut down a lot of the nation practically two months in the past. The bouts Saturday night time in Jacksonville — the primary occasion is about for pay-per-view — are anticipated to attract a big viewing viewers contemplating the sports-craved nation has seemingly grown drained of replays and online game occasions.

There’s nothing digital in regards to the actuality of getting punched within the face.

“Proper now there isn’t a Olympics. There isn’t any Wimbledon. There isn’t any NBA drafts. No NFL drafts,” mentioned light-weight contender Tony Ferguson. “There isn’t any (expletive) tennis. There isn’t any soccer, hockey. There isn’t any baseball. This what we convey to the desk man and we’re going out there and do our greatest and we’re going to maintain sports activities alive.”

Extra like convey sports activities again to life.