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UFC's Return Could Provide Blueprint For Other Pro Leagues

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — UFC President Dana White wanted a major fight card weeks ago.

He was confident his team could pull it off. Coronavirus testing. Fan-free arena. Social distancing. Self-isolation.

White looked at all those unprecedented details that seemed too complex and too risky to some outsiders as merely extra challenges. White and the UFC ended up with a rousing show at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

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UFC 249 could serve as a blueprint for sports leagues around the country and the world as they start to resume during a global pandemic.