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UFC 249 Results: Justin Gaethje Dominates, Henry Cejudo Retires

Welcome once again MMA fans to live action as UFC 249 [1] takes place Saturday night.

The event goes down on a bevy of networks including ESPN, ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ pay-per-view.

In the main event, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje square off for the interim UFC lightweight title.

There is a second championship match, as the co-main event boasts Henry Cejudo defending his bantamweight belt against former titleholder Dominick Cruz.

All of the action kicks off on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass with two early prelims before shifting over to ESPN at 8 p.m. ET with four more bouts. That lineup features three former UFC champions in action.

It all ends on pay-per-view with the two title fights and three other bouts starting at 10 p.m. ET.

The event has been shuffled in recent hours thanks to the positive coronavirus test result of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The Brazilian was scheduled to meet Uriah Hall, but Souza – and members of his fight team who also tested positive – were removed from the area after weigh-ins on Friday.

We will have complete coverage of all the action including results and the latest news surrounding UFC 249 right here for you.

So sit back, grab some snacks and enjoy the action! As Bruce Buffer will be saying in a few short hours, “It’s time!”

UFC 249: Ferguson Vs. Gaethje Quick Results

Justin Gaethje def. Tony Ferguson via TKO (strikes) at 3:39 of Round 5 to become the interim UFC lightweight champion

Henry Cejudo def. Dominick Cruz via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 2 to remain UFC bantamweight champion

Francis Ngannou def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik via KO (strike) at :20 of Round 1

Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO (strikes) at 2:42 of Round 2

Greg Hardy def. Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)

Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 3:37 of Round 3

Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)

Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Fight-by-fight coverage from UFC 249 can be found on the following page:

UFC 249: Ferguson Vs. Gaethje Fight-By-Fight Results

UFC 249

Ryan Spann Vs. Sam Alvey

Man, it feels good to have live fights again after nearly two months away. Credit the UFC for making this happen for everyone to enjoy. 

Spann goes right on the attack, landing some quick strikes and scoring with a takedown. Alvey, though, battles back to his feet with ease. 

Nice second takedown for Spann scores and he is working for an arm-triangle submission. Alvey is in a bad position as Spann continues to tighten the submission. But Alvey shows his experience, remains calm and gets out.

Nice exchanges by Alvey and Spann in the second. Alvey has done some damage to the lead-leg with his low kicks. In the final moments, Spann finds his target and unloads, just missing a big kick. 

Spann with a big head-kick, following up with several punches against the fence. Alvey, though, showed his toughness and remains upright and in this one. Alvey with a right-hook and he has Spann hurt. 

Alvey worked quickly for a submission, locking in a front-choke with under a minute to go. He had to let it go, though, as they battle to the feet. Alvey closed with an incredible flurry but did not get the finish. We’ll go to the scorecards for this one. 

Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Bryce Mitchell Vs. Charles Rosa

Quick takedown for Mitchell and he goes for a submission moments in. He’s got Rosa stuck and on his back. Mitchell working to better his position, moving into the mount but Rosa slips out for now.

It looked like Rosa was just about to tap before he found an opening there. Now Rosa nearly secures his own submission before Mitchell gaining back control. Mitchell working for a twister submission. 

So fun listening to Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan go back-and-forth with the announce team. Both are so insightful and you can tell just how much of a “fan” they are of the sport. Makes it so much more enjoyable to listen to. 

Mitchell again showing his abilities, taking Rosa down and working for the submission again in the second. Nothing for Rosa so far almost 10 minutes into this featherweight bout as Mitchell is completely dominating. 

The second round ends with Mitchell locking in another twister attempt. And the third begins in the same with Rosa locked up in the twister yet again. 

Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)

Coverage of the next round of prelims continues on the following page.

Vicente Luque Vs. Niko Price

Back in 2017, Luque earned a submission victory over Price when the two met in Brazil, securing a D’arce choke in the second round. He would go on to win five in a row before falling via decision to Stephen Thompson late last year. 

Price is 4-2 since that loss, with all four victories coming by either knockout or submission. And both losses also being finishes. 

These two are letting it fly and Price with a big takedown late in the opening round. Price was looking for a D’arce for a brief moment, searching for a submission late. 

For just the second time – and first inside the Octagon – Price is seeing the third round. Luque was the stronger fighter in the second, and Price needs to come back here in the third. 

This was definitely the early favorite for “Fight of the Night,” as Price and Luque stood and banged for nearly 15 minutes. Luque floors Price and cuts him up big time, but even on his back, Price searches for a submission. 

With the right eye of Price deemed swollen shut, the ringside doctor has stopped this bout. 

Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 3:37 of Round 3

Carla Esparza Vs. Michelle Waterson

Nice little Invicta FC moment here with these two former champions of the all-female promotion doing battle inside the Octagon. Esparza, of course, is also a former UFC strawweight champion. 

Lots of feeling out early from these two fighters as they are working to figure the other out on the fly here. Esparza steals the round with a late takedown. 

The striking advantage definitely belongs to Waterson in this one, as she’s switching stances, using her leg kicks and mixing strikes. Lots of variety from “The Karate Hottie” on Esparza. 

Best round of the bout for Esparza as she uses the threat of wrestling to gain the advantage on Waterson. Not much action until the final minute but these two finally let it all go to the bell.

Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)

Aleksei Oleinik Vs. Fabricio Werdum

Of note, Oleinik is the only MMA fighter in history to earn a win in four different decades, having done so in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. Werdum, of course, is a former UFC heavyweight champion who owns wins over some of the best of the division ever. 

This is the first time Werdum has fought in over 700 days after receiving a suspension for taking a banned substance. He appears a step slower, eating some early punches from Oleinik. 

Huge power shots are finding a home by Oleinik as he continues to pepper him with strikes. Despite being on the receiving end of all these shots, Werdum is capable of locking up a submission at a moment’s notice. 

Oleinik showing some serious signs of fatigue after a strong first, eating shots and finding himself on his back with Werdum in top control. This is not where he wants to be and the Brazilian has two minutes to work. Oleinik found a second wind late in the round, landing some heavy strikes. 

Seconds into the start of the third, Werdum with a takedown and into his submission game. Oleinik’s corner shouting instructions on which limb to protect, but Werdum is so dangerous here. Werdum had a nasty armbar, but Oleinik survived. 

Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Anthony Pettis Vs. Donald Cerrone

Our second rematch of the night as Pettis seeks a second win over Cerrone. Back in 2013, he scored a first round knockout after landing a body kick to “Cowboy.”

Cerrone has claims willing to remain in Jacksonville and compete twice more of the next week on the two planned upcoming UFC cards. To do that, he’ll need to take care of Pettis here in this one first.

Pettis with a quick kick but “Cowboy” catches it and scores a takedown. He’s in side control and in a dominant position to work with a minute to go. Really nice exchanges in the second with “Showtime” flexing his strengths. 

Very close fight between these two former WEC legends and friends. The striking has been back-and-forth, with Cerrone winning the grappling exchanges with his wrestling. That friendship was put to the test as they exchanged with thunderous velocity for a short time. 

Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Coverage of the main card follows on the next page.

Greg Hardy Vs. Yorgan De Castro

A former NFL all-pro, Hardy has experienced a fair amount of success so far in his MMA career. He won five of his first six bouts with the lone setback being via disqualification. 

Late last year, though, he faced his toughest test in former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov, dropping a decision. 

De Castro used his experience early on, peppering the lead leg of Hardy and turning it all sorts of different colors complete with bruising and welts. Everything Hardy throws is made to knock De Castro out. 

Plenty of leg kicks offered up by De Castro to keep Hardy at bay, but the former NFL standout finally starts to respond with his own. He’s also showing better cardio through the second round compared to De Castro. 

It appeared as if De Castro suffered a foot injury in the second, as Hardy was able to take control of the contest. Not a lot of offense from either men, but probably enough by Hardy to earn the victory.

Greg Hardy def. Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jeremy Stephens Vs. Calvin Kattar

In the early portion of the first round, Stephens was able to get the better of the exchanges. The veteran used his ring-prowess to keep Kattar off-balance. However, after a nice leg kick, Kattar went on a run, including a nasty series of shots that appeared to wobble Stephens. 

Both fighters wanted the finish in the second, but it was Kattar that capitalized. After backing Stephens up, he connected, landing a series of brutal shots that forced Stephens to cover up and end the bout. Both fighters were losing blood and Kattar’s nose appeared broke, but he was the winner.

Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO (strikes) at 2:42 of Round 2

Francis Ngannou Vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

A former UFC title contender, Ngannou would like nothing more than to hand Rozenstruik his first pro loss and derail his plans to challenge for the belt. This bout is being viewed as a title-eliminator, so the stakes are very high for both men.

Well, Ngannou made his statement, knocking Rozenstruik into next week with a thunderous attack the moment the bell sounded. This one is all over, folks.

Francis Ngannou def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik via KO (strike) at :20 of Round 1

Coverage of the two championship matches will continue on the next page.

Henry Cejudo (c) Vs. Dominick Cruz For The UFC Bantamweight Championship

A two-division champion, Cejudo surrendered the flyweight title to focus on the bantamweight division. He’s also a former U.S. Olympic gold medalist in wrestling and was the man to end the reign of Demetrious Johnson.

Ironically enough, the last fighter to defeat Johnson before Cejudo was Cruz, who held the bantamweight title from the WEC into the UFC. He was forced to vacate the belt due to injury, winning it back after years away. Now, these two collide for the title.

Cejudo appears to have an answer for the unusual movements of Cruz, and that is to just continue kicking him at every opportunity. The champ gets a nice takedown and defends an attempt by the challenger. 

Much of the same in the second as Cejudo controls the action. Cruz with some nice offense but Cejudo drops him with a knee. The champ jumps into a flurry of strikes and this one is all over. Cejudo has defended his title against the fighter some believe to be the greatest bantamweight in MMA history.

Even more surprising was Cejudo after the fight as he announced his retirement from MMA. Ready more about that on FightLine [2].

Henry Cejudo def. Dominick Cruz via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 2 to remain UFC bantamweight champion

Tony Ferguson Vs. Justin Gaethje For The Interim UFC Lightweight Championship

It’s time for the main event and crowning of an interim UFC lightweight champion. Ferguson has held the belt once before, while Gaethje is a former World Series of Fighting champion.

Of course, Ferguson was scheduled to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for the title, but we’ve moved on from that, right? RIGHT? 

As we all expected, nothing short of fireworks from the opening bell. Both Ferguson and Gaethje are looking to end this one early, taking the best each have to offer. Gaethje is bleeding from the mouth, but his offensive output was a little better than that of Ferguson in the first five minutes. 

An interesting moment between rounds as Ferguson is hollering at Gaethje to “come on.” These two just love to fight and they love the intensity the other is bringing out in them right now. 

Incredible back-and-forth exchanges so far, and Gaethje appears to be loving it. No matter what he throws at Ferguson, though, the former Ultimate Fighter winner just keeps coming forward wanting more. 

For the better part of four rounds, this has been all Gaethje. But no matter what he has thrown at Ferguson, he won’t go away. Still, an incredible offensive performance by Gaethje in this one. 

There is only so much one fighter can take, and Ferguson took it on this night. Gaethje finally strings enough together to warrant a stoppage, becoming the interim UFC lightweight champion.

Justin Gaethje def. Tony Ferguson via TKO (strikes) at 3:39 of Round 5 to become the interim UFC lightweight champion