The potential UFC event on May 9, has lost one of their marquee fights. CBS’s Brian Campbell reports that women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes will not compete on May 9. The UFC was looking to have Nunes defend her featherweight championship against Felicia Spencer on May 9. The potential card on May 9 is now projected to have two title fights on the card now.
Nunes was originally supposed to face Spencer at UFC 250 in São Paulo, Brazil on May 9. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the card has been changed and is looking to take place in the United States. Nunes was asked by CBS as to why she decided not to compete and Nunes said, “I don’t think this is the right time for me right now to fight. Let this coronavirus pass a little bit so I can at least have a full camp. We can maybe see around June, [but] let’s see what is going to happen. But I’m not fighting [May 9].”
Nunes’s fight with Spencer on May 9 was supposed to be her first featherweight title defense. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports that Nunes also had a “nagging injury” that made it less than ideal to compete May 9. Helwani also reports that according to Spencer “They are hoping to re-book the featherweight title fight in June.”
Here is the *targeted* card for May 9. Very fluid. Some have verbally agreed, others are hesitant and want more details. Fighters want to fight but these are crazy circumstances, obviously. But … this is the card as of today, UFC is working on. pic.twitter.com/7s7OfwXOW9
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 15, 2020
The UFC will still have two potential title fights that will keep fans interested. One of the title fights will be Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight championship. The other title fight is bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight championship. All four fighters have agreed to compete on May 9, if it happens. The UFC has yet to announce the location for the event. Florida is on the table as it has deemed sports an “essential service,” however UFC is hoping to hold events in Nevada in May. If the event on May 9 happens, fans may not wait too long to see Nunes defend her featherweight championship.