Sixty-eight blended martial artists descended on Jacksonville, Fla., itching for a combat and a payday.

A lot of the sports activities world was shuttered, however for a number of weeks, at the least among the athletes contracted to the UFC had been making ready as finest they may for shifting opponents, dates and places, all of which had been postponed or canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regardless of false begins to get forward of the fact of the occasions, UFC President Dana White ultimately sorted out a blueprint for reopening the reside sports activities enterprise within the U.S., and his matchmakers had been tasked with reserving three playing cards over eight days within the open-for-business state of Florida.

In all, 25 managers of varied prominence and scope, together with three fighters who represented themselves, negotiated the appearances of the expertise UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard wanted to assemble essentially the most logistically difficult collection of playing cards within the promotion’s historical past.

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