UFC 249 will go down as probably the most tumultuous occasions in MMA historical past. However you gained’t know that from the promotional video that kicks off the present.

The promotion on Sunday launched the video bundle that opens the Might 9 occasion, and there’s nary a point out of the circumstances that led to the lineup on show at VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Fla,, to say nothing of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic that led it there. The important thing level? The UFC is again.

Narrated by actor Ron Perlman, a daily fixture of pay-per-view present opens, the video sticks to the current, an interim light-weight title battle between one-time interim champ Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje that was assembled when the coronavirus dominated out undisputed champ Khabib Nurmagomedov for an ill-fated April 18 date.

Nurmagomedov might or might not be ready for the winner of the Might 9 battle. UFC President Dana White has stated a title unifier is subsequent, however he’s additionally stated he’s “afraid” of what’s going to occur if Ferguson comes out the victor and units up a sixth reserving of the cursed matchup with the Dagestani champ.

Regardless of the case, Gaethje is the instant beneficiary of the state of affairs for his readiness to step up.

“The outdated saying is to at all times be prepared,” Perlman stated of Gaethje. “To select up the cellphone when there’s a name to motion. And who higher to reply the bell than the human spotlight reel himself.”