UFC President Dana White has pledged to continue with events throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and he is making good on his word this weekend. UFC 249 has been rescheduled and postponed several different times over the last few weeks, but it will take place on Saturday.
Not only will this event take place, but White has put together what some are calling the best fight card in the history of the sport. A major fight between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis isn’t even on the main card, which lets you know just how stacked this fight card is.
White has explored many options in an effort to host this event, even hinting at securing a private island to host. While rumors of “Fight Island” still exist, this event will take place in Florida.
Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville has agreed to host the event, and it will host a pair of Fight Nights over the next week as well. UFC 249 will be a Pay Per View event through ESPN+, and no fans will be allowed to attend the epic event.
Tony Ferguson will take on Justin Gaethje in the main event of the night in what will be an interim lightweight title fight. Ferguson was supposed to take on Khabib Nurmagomodev in a title fight, but the Russian fighter is unable to leave his country.
This still promises to be the fight of the year, as both fighters are known for being aggressive and attacking their opponent. The winner will earn the right to take on Nurmagomedov at a later date for the lightweight title.
Ferguson, known as “El Cucuy,” has made some strong statements in advance of this match. El Cucuy is currently riding a 12-fight winning streak, but he will have to refocus after not getting a chance at Nurmagomedov on Saturday night.
Another Title Bout
A second title fight is also on the card in the bantamweight division. Henry Cejudo will be looking to defend his title against Dominick Cruz. Cruz will be filling in for Jose Aldo, who was also unable to make it to this event.
Cejudo will be fighting in the octagon for the first time since UFC 238, and recently became a two-weight world champion. Cejudo was also a 2008 Gold Medalist, and he is considered one of the top fighters in the world.
Cruz will be making his return to UFC for the first time since 2016, and he will have his work cut out for him. He is a two-time bantamweight champion, but rust could play a major factor.
Heavyweight Francis Ngannou will take on Jairzinho Rozenstruik in another primetime matchup of the night. The winner of this fight will likely earn the right to take on Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title.
Cerrone and Pettis will highlight the preliminary card, and this is a rematch from a fight that took place in 2013. Pettis won the first fight in round one, but Cerrone has vowed to be better this time around.
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