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UFC 249: Ferguson vs Gaethje is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, scheduled to take place on April 18, 2020.
A UFC Lightweight Championship bout between the current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former interim champion Tony Ferguson (also The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos welterweight winner) was slated to headline this event. The pairing has previously been scheduled and cancelled for various reasons on four separate occasions (The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale, UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans, UFC 209 and UFC 223) over the last four years. The bout was canceled for a fifth time due to issues related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic (see section below).
Khabib Nurmagomedov was expected to make his third title defense at this event, but had to pull out due to travel restrictions related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.
A featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar was expected to take place at UFC 248. However, Stephens was removed from the card in mid-January with an injury. The pairing was rescheduled for this event.
A heavyweight bout between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Ciryl Gane was scheduled for the event. However on March 5, it was announced that Gane was forced to pull out from the event after he was struck by a pneumothorax during one of his trainings. The bout was eventually scrapped.
A welterweight bout between former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good and Belal Muhammad was scheduled for this event. The pairing was expected to meet at UFC 205 in November 2016, but Good was pulled after being notified by USADA due to a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test. However on April 4, Good pulled out due to injury and the bout was scrapped.
A women's strawweight bout between former UFC Women's Strawweight Champions Jéssica Andrade and Rose Namajunas was expected to co-headline the event. The pairing met previously at UFC 237 in May 2019, when Andrade won via second round TKO to capture the title. In turn, Namajunas pulled out for undisclosed reasons on April 8 and at this time, there is no word on a potential replacement.
The UFC announced on April 6 that Nurmagomedov will be replaced by former WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje and an interim title will be disputed between him and Tony Ferguson. The rest of the card suffered a few changes, with the following fights being added to the card.
Official Fight Card
|Lightweight||Tony Ferguson||vs.||Justin Gaethje|
|Women's Strawweight||Jéssica Andrade||vs.||Rose Namajunas|
|Heavyweight||Francis Ngannou||vs.||Jairzinho Rozenstruik|
|Heavyweight||Greg Hardy||vs.||Yorgan de Castro|
|Welterweight||Vicente Luque||vs.||Niko Price|
|Featherweight||Jeremy Stephens||vs.||Calvin Kattar|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN)|
|Middleweight||Ronaldo Souza||vs.||Uriah Hall|
|Lightweight||Alexander Hernandez||vs.||Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer|
|Bantamweight||Marlon Vera||vs.||Ray Borg|
|Light Heavyweight||Ryan Spann||vs.||Sam Alvey|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Michael Johnson||vs.||Khama Worthy|
|Women’s Bantamweight||Sijara Eubanks||vs.||Sarah Moras|
*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.