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UFC 249 results, recap, and link wrap up: Gaethje upsets Ferguson, Cejudo stops Cruz

UFC 249 was a wild night of fights, featuring fast finishes, bloody stoppages, and some bookie-busting upsets from inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Sadly, we lost the Ronaldo Souza vs. Uriah Hall bout to coronavirus, but the May 9 fight card soldiered on anyway.

Get complete results and play-by-play coverage right here.

Justin Gaethje was crowned interim lightweight champion and will move on to face reigning 155-pound kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov at some point this summer, thanks to his destruction of top contender Tony Ferguson.

In addition, Henry Cejudo retained his bantamweight strap by putting down former 135-pound titleholder Dominick Cruz. Elsewhere on the card, Francis Ngannou continued his frightening run at heavyweight by steamrolling Jairzinho Rozenstruick.

Get all the top video highlights from UFC 249 right here.

If you chose to skip this ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) event, I can only hope it was to save money during these unprecedented times. Every penny counts for those folks hit the hardest by the global quarantine and that’s why we exist — to give you the coverage you need!

Below is a link round-up for all the major stories coming out of UFC 249:

UFC 249 — The Fights

Justin Gaethje vs. Tony Ferguson: Recap | Highlights
Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz: Recap
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik: Recap
Calvin Kattar vs. Jeremy Stephens: Recap
Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro: Recap

UFC 249 — The Aftermath

Video: UFC 249 post-fight press conference
UFC 249 bonus winners
Justin Gaethje vs. Tony Ferguson scorecard
Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts to UFC 249 main event
Video: Henry Cejudo retires from MMA
Dominick Cruz accuses his referee of being drunk
Pic: Niko Price and his exploding eye
Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone are still friends

UFC 249 — The Morning After:

Biggest winners and losers
Next matches to make
Dana White plays matchmaker
Joe Rogan defends post-fight interviews
Tony Ferguson suffered broken orbital at UFC 249
Epidemiologist disagrees that ‘the system worked’ at UFC 249
Tony Ferguson’s multiple weight cuts called into question
Henry Cejudo hates being stagnant

That should just about cover it.

UFC will return to action this Wednesday with the UFC Fight Night: “Smith vs. Teixeira” combat sports extravaganza on ESPN+, taking place inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 13, 2020 (more on that card here).

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