Welcome to fight week!
It has been a long time since those words have been uttered. Due to the coronavirus, several sports and events have been postponed. One entity that has been adamant it will keep the show going is the UFC. UFC 249 takes place this weekend, May 9, inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. To get you ready, the UFC has prepared the ultimate preview video.
— UFC (@ufc) May 3, 2020
The video focuses on the two top fights of the event. Fighting for the interim UFC Lightweight Title, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will main event the card after the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Ferguson was postponed again. It highlights Gaethje’s rise to the top as a contender. Ron Perlman said it best when he stated:
“The old saying is to always be ready. To pick up the phone when there’s a call to action. And who better to answer the bell than the human highlight reel himself.”
On the other side, the co-main event will be Henry Cejudo defending his UFC Bantamweight Title against Dominick Cruz. Returning to action for the first time since 2016, the former two-time Bantamweight Champion in Cruz is considered the original landlord of the division. Can he reclaim his crown, or is Cejudo about to start his run as a legend killer?
Here is the full card for UFC 249:
- Tony Ferguson v. Justin Gaethje – Interim UFC Lightweight Title
- Henry Cejudo (c) v. Dominick Cruz – UFC Bantamweight Title
- Francis Ngannou v. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Calvin Kattar v. Jeremy Stephens
- Greg Hardy v. Yorgan De Castro
- Donald Cerrone v. Anthony Pettis
- Aleksei Oleinik v. Fabricio Werdum
- Carla Esparza v. Michelle Waterson
- Ronaldo Souza v. Uriah Hall
- Niko Price v. Vicente Luque
- Bryce Mitchell v. Charles Rosa