01 Jan UFC 249 announces virtual schedule for media day and post-fight interviews
For the first time, the UFC will host a “Virtual Media Day,” with all of UFC 249’s main card fighters expected to take part in “digital scrum-style” interviews, including interim lightweight championship headliners Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.
The media day takes place May 7 and will serve as the pre-fight interview opportunity for journalists covering the event. UFC President Dana White has said the promotion will limit the number of press credentials approved.
Preliminary card main event participants Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis will also be available for interviews at the virtual presser.
UFC 249 takes place May 9 at VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The event is regulated by the Florida State Boxing Commission.
Due to coronavirus pandemic precautions, the UFC was forced to adjust its event schedule, canceling its entire April slate and scheduling three shows from May 9 to May 16.
See the current schedule below (all times Eastern Time):
11:15 a.m. Jeremy Stephens
11:30 a.m. Greg Hardy
11:45 a.m. Francis Ngannou
12 p.m. Tony Ferguson
12:30 p.m. Henry Cejudo
1 p.m. Justin Gaethje
1:30 p.m. Dominick Cruz
2 p.m. Anthony Pettis
2:15 p.m. Calvin Kattar
2:30 p.m. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
2:45 p.m. Yorgan De Castro
3 p.m. Donald Cerrone
The promotion’s plans for allowing on-site coverage are unknown at this time, and it’s unclear if any live streaming of interviews will be available for non-media members. The release also did not include information about the event’s official or ceremonial weigh-ins.
Saturday’s post-fight interviews will be handled in similar fashion, with media access beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
UFC 249 is available for purchase exclusively through ESPN+, with a start time of 10 p.m. ET.