Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is on track to return at UFC 249 on May 9, 2020, and a little pandemic isn’t stopping it from providing some behind-the-scenes looks at some of the many headliners appearing at the event. “Countdown” to UFC 249 focuses on the pair of title fights featured at the top of the card: an interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, and a Bantamweight title showdown between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz.
Of course, it’d be impossible to tell Ferguson’s story without including details from the fallout of that other UFC 249 card (details) — the one that was supposed to go down on April 18, 2020, that was shut down at the eleventh-hour after the governor of California called the CEO of Disney, parent company to ESPN. No such craziness is expected this time. Florida leadership has welcomed UFC into their state with open arms, and UFC has been working on enhanced safety procedures to minimize the risk in these troubled times.
But enough about that bummer stuff. Take a look at the current lineup for the fight card:
UFC 249 PPV Main Event On ESPN+:
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje (not Khabib Nurmagomedov) for interim UFC Lightweight championship
UFC 249 PPV Co-Main Event On ESPN+:
135 lbs.: Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
UFC 249 PPV Main Card On ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET):
265 lbs.: Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
145 lbs.: Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
265 lbs.: Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro
UFC 249 Prelims on ESPN+/ESPN (8 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
265 lbs.: Fabricio Werdum vs. Aleksei Oleinik
115 lbs.: Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
185 lbs.: Uriah Hall vs. Jacare Souza
UFC 249 Early Prelims On ESPN+/Fight Pass (6:30 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
145 lbs: Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
185 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Ryan Spann
***Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to drastic change because of the various global quarantine restrictions.***
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