Venue: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States
UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje is a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship expected to take place on May 9, 2020 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
It was originally planned to take place as UFC 250 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. Due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, the event was eventually postponed (see section below). The event was officially cancelled on April 20 as it was originally known. The organization confirmed a day later that this event would become the new UFC 249 and also expected to take place in Florida.
Where there's a will, there's a way. UFC president Dana White has found a way to host UFC 249 on PPV and get his operations back up and running. The PPV event, originally slated to take place on April 18 in Brooklyn, New York, then moved to Lenmoore, California amid the coronavirus outbreak, will head to Jacksonville, Florida on May 9 and feature some important bouts.
Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will headline this event in front of an empty VyStar Memorial Arena with the inteirm lightweight title on the line. Ferguson was originally scheduled to take on full champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, but "The Eagle" returned to Russia amid the pandemic and is unable to travel back to the U.S.
That’s the question in what many believe is one of the most lopsided battles on the UFC 249 card.
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Official Fight Card
|Lightweight||Justin Gaethje||def.||Tony Ferguson||TKO (punches)||5||3:39|
|Bantamweight||Henry Cejudo (c)||def.||Dominick Cruz||TKO (knee and punches)||2||4:58|
|Heavyweight||Francis Ngannou||def.||Jairzinho Rozenstruik||KO (punches)||1||0:20|
|Catchweight (150.5 lbs)||Calvin Kattar||def.||Jeremy Stephens||TKO (elbows and punches)||2||2:42|
|Heavyweight||Greg Hardy||def.||Yorgan de Castro||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN)|
|Welterweight||Anthony Pettis||def.||Donald Cerrone||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Aleksei Oleinik||def.||Fabricio Werdum||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Women's Strawweight||Carla Esparza||def.||Michelle Waterson||Decision (split) (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Vicente Luque||def.||Niko Price||TKO (doctor stoppage)||3||3:37|
|Early Preliminary Card (ESPN)|
|Featherweight||Bryce Mitchell||def.||Charles Rosa||Decision (unanimous) (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Ryan Spann||def.||Sam Alvey||Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)||3||5:00|
Justin Gaethje def. Tony Ferguson via fifth-round TKO to win interim lightweight title.
Henry Cejudo (c) def. Dominick Cruz via second-round TKO to retain bantamweight title.
Francis Ngannou def. Jair Rozenstruik via first-round KO.
Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via second-round TKO (strikes).
Greg Hardy def. Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27).
Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via TKO (strikes; doctor stoppage).
Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24).
Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.