The UFC returns on May 9 after an eight-week hiatus with a card
destined to entertain. The event will be held in Jacksonville, Florida and is headlined by an interim lightweight championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.
The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ pay-per-view,
which fans can purchase here. Prelims begin at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Ferguson (25-3) has won 12 straight fights and originally was scheduled to challenge
Khabib Nurmagomedov for the 155-pound belt in April. But the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans, and in stepped Gaethje (21-2), winner of three in a row. UFC president Dana White has said that the winner of this bout will be next for Nurmagomedov. UFC 249 coverage
UFC 249 is expected to have a card loaded with star power, featuring two title fights. Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, two of the UFC's most exciting fighters, will compete for the interim 155-pound title in the main event, and Henry Cejudo will defend the bantamweight title against former titleholder Dominick Cruz.
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UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje
• Saturday, May 9, in Jacksonville, Florida
• 6 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN PPV
From top to bottom, this is a star-studded card. In the co-main,
Henry Cejudo (15-2) makes his first defense of the men's bantamweight belt, taking on former two-time champ Dominick Cruz (22-2), who is returning from an extended absence due to injury. There's also a clash of heavyweight knockout artists Francis Ngannou (14-3) and Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0) in what is expected to be a title eliminator.
Before the pay-per-view begins,
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone returns after his quick loss to Conor McGregor and faces Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, and Michelle Waterson hopes to get back on track in a tough bout against Carla Esparza. How to watch UFC 249: Watch the prelims on ESPN: Download the ESPN App | WatchESPN | TV Don't have ESPN? . Get instant access Don't have ESPN+ for the early prelims? . Get it here Purchased the fight on your phone and want to stream on your TV? Find out how here. UFC 249 schedule PPV (via ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET purchase here):
Interim lightweight championship:
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro ESPN: 6 p.m.
Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
Charles Rosa vs. Bryce Mitchell
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