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If Dana White gets every planned fight he wants booked for May 9, he believes it’ll be the best event the UFC has ever put on.

Earlier today, White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that the company were looking to return on May 9 after having to postpone UFC 249, originally scheduled to take place this Saturday. The card currently planned features three title fights along with a number of high profile names.

In White’s mind, it’s something that can still get even deeper.

“It could get better,” White said, speaking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. “It really could. You look at that card and it’s stacked, but I have some fights I’m working on, if I get them done, this card is going to be absolutely crazy.”

The location for the rebooked card is uncertain as of yet, but White did confirm to Yahoo Sports that his famous ‘Fight Island’ would not be playing host. Instead, that looks set to be reserved for international competitors who can’t enter the United States as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

White told Yahoo ‘Fight Island’ would be available to the company by mid-May.

“We’re going to run through the American fighters pretty quickly, so we have to get that up and ready to roll,” White said.

Either way, so long as nothing happens to prevent May 9 from taking place, White assures us the UFC will be returning with a bang.

“It’s been a long time and we have a lot of guys who want to fight,” White said. “Believe me when I tell you, I agree with you that top to bottom, this is probably the best card we’ve ever done, but it could get better.”

The current planned card, as told by White to ESPN, is as follows:

– Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
– Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
– Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer
– Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
– Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
– Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
– Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro
– Alexei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
– Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
– Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Uriah Hall
– Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
– Charles Rosa vs. Bryce Mitchell