Event: UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Location: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, US
Broadcast: ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV), ESPN
The UFC returns on Saturday, May 9 with a stacked UFC 249 card featuring an interim lightweight title bout between Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson and Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje.
The UFC press service published the official promo video of the tournament. UFC 249 will be held May 9 in Jacksonville, Florida.
The tournament was planned on April 18, but then it was postponed due to the ban on holding mass events due to the coronavirus pandemic. Two more UFC Fight Nights will follow on May 13 and 16, with the cards still to be confirmed.
UFC President Dana White spoke about a possible duel between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and American Tony Ferguson. “I’m not really sure that the fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson will take place in 2020. I’m afraid of what will happen next if we try to do it again,” White replied to a fan at Reddit. Recall that the lightweights were supposed to meet in April, but Khabib could not fly out of Russia due to quarantine. Nurmagomedov in a duel will replace Justin Gaethje.
UFC 249 Main Event:
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for interim UFC Lightweight championship
UFC 249 Co-Main Event:
135 lbs.: Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
UFC 249 Main Card (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 (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/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
UFC 249: Where to watch
You can watch the main card and the prelims live on BT Sport 1 in the UK. In the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish. While the main event on ESPN+ will be pay-per-view in the US. The early prelims will be shown on UFC Fight Pass app for subscribers.