The UFC is in line to make a long-anticipated return to the pay-per-view schedule after president Dana White announced plans for a stacked 12-fight card for May 9 at a yet-to-be-confirmed location.

White, 50, has remained adamant about his organisation being the first to resume activity despite the coronavirus. Almost every major sport has been fully suspended due to the pandemic, which has killed more than 140,000 people worldwide as of Thursday, per the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

But the UFC could return to televisions as early as next month after White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto of plans for a busy card to reignite the schedule.

New Jersey residents can find odds via several available in NJ online sportsbooks for each of the 12 bouts announced, including a rescheduled clash between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Ferguson is a -170 (1.59) favorite to triumph in their war for the UFC interim lightweight title, while Gaethje may hold tempting value as the +145 (2.45) underdog.

The pair were due to clash at UFC 249 on April 18 after Khabib Nurmagomedov withdrew from his planned meeting with “El Cucuy,” but event was eventually scrapped after ESPN and Disney told White to pull the plug.

Two genuine championship fights will also headline the proposed card as Henry Cejudo is set to defend his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz, while Amanda Nunes puts her women’s featherweight belt on the line against Felicia Spencer.

Cruz—a +190 (2.90) underdog—stepped in to take Jose Aldo’s spot after the Brazilian pulled out of his scheduled fight against Cejudo at UFC 250, which originally had the May 9 slot. “The Messenger” is listed as a -225 (1.44) favorite to extend his five-fight win streak in what will be his first bantamweight defence.

Nunes, 31, is enjoying a 10-win streak and is a short pick at -425 (1.24) to seal her sixth successive bantamweight defence, while challenger Spencer is at long odds of +355 (4.55).

Fans will also be treated to a second instalment between Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. “Showtime” is a -150 (1.67) frontrunner to repeat his winning result from their first clash back in 2013, though Cerrone isn’t far behind at +120 (2.20) despite losing his last three fights.

UFC: May 9 Card and Odds

Tony Ferguson (-170) vs. Justin Gaethje (+145)

Henry Cejudo (-225) vs. Dominick Cruz (+190)

Amanda Nunes (-425) vs. Felicia Spencer (+355)

Francis Ngannou (-275) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+235)

Donald Cerrone (+120) vs. Anthony Pettis (-150)

Jeremy Stephens (+205) vs. Calvin Kattar (-240)

Greg Hardy (-190) vs. Yorgan De Castro (+165)

Aleksei Oleinik (+240) vs. Fabricio Werdum (-300)

Carla Esparza (-135) vs. Michelle Waterson (+115)

Ronaldo Souza (-150) vs. Uriah Hall (+130)

Vicente Luque (-250) vs. Niko Price (+210)

Bryce Mitchell (-195) vs. Charles Rosa (+170)

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