UFC is prepared to form its return from a near two-month break on Saturday night with its PPV offering of UF 249. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, UFC president Dana White has been adamant that his sport would be the primary to return to action, and can do exactly that with 12 fights scheduled to travel down in an empty arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night.
In the main event are a pair of the simplest lightweights within the world able to take subsequent step toward becoming the complete champion of the division as Tony Ferguson takes on Justin Gaethje from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for the interim 155-pound title. Ferguson previously held the interim strap before being stripped when he suffered a freak knee injury before his unification bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Now, “El Cucuy” are going to be attempting to urge booked for a sixth (!) fight with Nurmagomedov if he can get past Gaethje on Saturday night.
In addition to Ferguson vs. Gaethje, a second title bout headlines the marquee as bantamweight champ Henry Cejudo takes on former titleholder Dominick Cruz in his first bout in over three years. Cejudo was originally scheduled to require on Jose Aldo in Brazil in his first action since undergoing shoulder surgery last year. But with many travel restrictions in situ and UFC moving the event from Brazil to the U.S., the bout was canceled.
Sixteen of the 24 fighters on this card have appeared in main events at various UFC events within the past. That’s tied for fourth most on any fight card in UFC history, consistent with ESPN. A pair of them, Francis Ngannou and Jair Rozenstruik, will bully off within the featured slot on PPV with the longer term of the heavyweight division on the road . The winner is probably going the new No. 1 contender to face champion Stipe Miocic next.
The action all goes down on Saturday, May 9 and can air on ESPN+ pay-per-view for the worth of $64.99 for subscribers. the cardboard because it currently stands is as follows:
UFC 249 fight card
- Tony Ferguson -190 vs. Justin Gaethje +160 — Interim lightweight title
- Henry Cejudo (c) -220 vs. Dominick Cruz +180 — bantamweight title
- Francis Ngannou -280 vs. Jair Rozenstruik +230 — Heavyweights
- Calvin Kattar -240 vs. Jeremy Stephens +200 — Featherweights
- Greg Hardy -195 vs. Yorgan De Castro +165 — Heavyweights
- Anthony Pettis -150 vs. Donald Cerrone +125 — Welterweights
- Vicente Luque -280 vs. Niko Price +230 — Welterweights
- Fabricio Werdum -330 vs. Aleksei Oleinik +260 — Heavyweights
- Ronaldo Souza -125 vs. Uriah Hall +105 — Middleweights
- Carla Esparza -160 vs. Michelle Waterson +140 — Women’s strawweights
- Bryce Mitchell -165 vs. Charles Rosa +155 — Featherweights
- Ryan Spann -420 vs. Sam Alvey +330 — Light heavyweights