UFC 249 Fight Preview: Tony Ferguson Vs. Justin Gaethje
The main event of Saturday night's UFC 249 card features former interim champion Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje collide for a title.
Ferguson and Gaethje collide for the interim UFC lightweight title from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
The bout has been shifted and will be the centerpiece to the UFC’s official return from the coronavirus pandemic.
A former holder of the interim title, Tony Ferguson also previously won The Ultimate Fighter.
The 36-year-old Ferguson has won his last 12 fights dating back to 2013 and a decision loss to Michael Johnson. During that time, he’s earned wins over former UFC champions Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis, along with Kevin Lee and Donald Cerrone.
For Ferguson, it might not be rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, but Justin Gaethje will be quite the threat.
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Having held the World Series of Fighting title previously, Justin Gaethje knows what it takes to be a champion.
The 31-year-old was willing to step in on short notice and face Ferguson last month. Now, he gets nearly a full camp to prepare for him.
Gaethje has picked up three consecutive wins since a pair of setbacks to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, topping James Vick, Edson Barboza and Donald Cerrone all via first round finish.
Of his 21 career wins, 18 have been via knockout.
UFC 249 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)
Interim UFC Lightweight Championship
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz
Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
Heavyweight: Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN)
Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
Heavyweight: Alexey Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
Strawweight: Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+)
Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
Featherweight: Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey