When is UFC 249?
UFC 249 returns Saturday 9th May, as the corporation plans to satisfy the world’s growing hunger for live sport. The UFC has not disappointed, with one of the most stacked fight cards in the promotion’s history set to take to centre stage. The show will be headlined by Tony Ferguson, who faces off against Justin Gaethje, for the Interim lightweight title. A lot is on the line, with the winner expected to face off in a lightweight unification bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov was due to face Ferguson, but fight was cancelled, as it emerged the Russian was unable to travel due to lockdown restrictions.
Where is UFC 249 taking place?
The event will take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville Florida, with only essential personnel allowed in the arena. The card will take place behind closed doors, with no fans in attendance. Two more UFC nights will follow on May 13 and 16, with the cards still to be confirmed, so fans can look forward to continued MMA action throughout the coming weeks.
UFC 249 fight card
The UFC has labelled this as ‘one of the most stacked cards in recent history’. Along with Ferguson and Gaethje, the Bantamweight Championship is on the line, with Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz set for battle.
Topping the prelim card is a welterweight matchup between two fan favourites, as Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis set to square up.
The full fight card is as follows:
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (interim UFC Lightweight Championship)
Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz (UFC Bantamweight Championship)
Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozentruik (heavyweight)
Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar (featherweight)
Greg Hardy vs Yorgan de Castro (heavyweight)
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis (welterweight)
Alexey Oleynik vs Fabricio Werdum (heavyweight)
Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson (women’s strawweight)
Uriah Hall vs Ronaldo Souza (middleweight)
Vicente Luque vs Niko Price (welterweight)
Bryce Mitchell vs Charles Rosa (featherweight)
Ryan Spann vs Sam Alvey (light heavyweight)
UFC 249 Betting Tips
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
This certainly has all the characteristics to be a fight of the night contender. Ferguson has shown to be a truly relentless fighter, who will stop at nothing to ensure victory. ‘El Cucuy’ is extremely unorthodox with his striking, and will constantly look to pour on the pressure. Gaethje has shown he has tremendous stopping power, which can put away most of the contenders in the lightweight division. This approach has led to Gaethje winning 18 of his 21 professional MMA bouts by KO/TKO.
If Gaethje can find the opening, he has all the attributes to finish Ferguson. Gaethje must ensure this does not turn into a dog fight however, as the two of his career defeats have come from his willingness to trade shots. Both fighters have stated that they do not see this fight going beyond the third round.
Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz
Cejudo makes his first UFC Bantamweight title defence against former champion Dominick Cruz. Cejudo, or ‘Triple C’, is coming off a five-fight win streak. Cruz on the other hand has not fought in over three years since he lost the title to Cody Garbrandt back at UFC 207. Ring rust is likely to play a factor in this one, but there is no denying the fact Cruz is an outstanding competitor, with a resume to match. Cruz has not had the opportunity to bounce back from his loss due to consistent injury issues, so you wonder just how much this has likely to have taken its toll on the 35-year-old.
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone vs Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis
This fight has all the hallmarks of an absolute classic, between two UFC fan favourites. It is a rerun of the 2013 fight between the pair, which saw Pettis picking up the KO win in the first round. However, a lot has changed since 2013, with both fighters far more experienced and battle hardened. While Cerrone is on a three-fight losing streak, he has clearly been the more consistent fighter of the two over the years. Cowboy comes in as the underdog, but has caused a fair few upsets over the years, from this position. Pettis has an inconsistent record, and is coming off a two-fight losing streak. ‘Showtime’ could quite easily get picked off by ‘Cowboy’ if he decides to stay on his feet for this fight, with the latter having one of the best stand up games in the division.
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