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UFC President Dana White has confirmed to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto that, after all the grand plans of hosting UFC 249 on an island, UFC 249 has been canceled and all UFC events have been postponed for the near future.
The story of UFC 249 isn’t just about the return of the sport, though. It’s a chance for the UFC to seize a moment at a time when people around the world are looking for entertainment. This card was built to provide just that.
“The card’s just so deep,” said Chael Sonnen, co-host of Ariel & The Bad Guy and a three-time UFC title challenger. “For a new fan that doesn’t know the stories behind the fights, they’re just going to enjoy a good night of action. But for the hard-core fans, this is an absolute treat. I gotta say: Do we even deserve this? As fight fans, have we done anything good enough to deserve a card this loaded?”
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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
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In the main event, Tony Ferguson faces Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title. Ferguson is an unpredictable action fighter on a 12-fight win streak. Gaethje is known as “The Highlight” because of his, well, highlight-reel finishes.
“You’re going to see two fighters in the main event. Two real fighters, not point fighters. Guaranteed to have fireworks,” said Gilbert Melendez, a UFC fighter and analyst. “We may not see a knockout right away, we may not even have a huge war, but we aren’t going to have two guys stalling and looking at each other and giving us a boring fight. If you want to see a real fight, you’re going to see one with Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.”
Ben Askren, who retired from the UFC last year, said the style of this fight is what makes it a can’t-miss.
“Ferguson vs. Gaethje is going to be outstanding,” Askren said. “They both come forward, they both do a lot of damage to their opponent, both have very little regard for defense.”
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Much of the discourse leading up to this fight has been on the potential for action and thrills. There also have been some concerns expressed, though, especially with the fight being postponed last month. Sonnen is here to tell you not to worry.
“We’re all going, ‘Tony depleted his body; he shouldn’t have done that,'” Sonnen said of Ferguson’s determination to make weight on April 17. “But Tony was a collegiate wrestler, a national champion, and in wrestling you weigh in every single week through the course of a season. Tony’s just going back to his roots. So I totally disagree with the argument that him cutting weight three weeks ago was a mistake. I don’t know if it will factor into the fight at all, but I do disagree with the argument that he shouldn’t have done that. That’s just what he was used to doing. Weighing in three times a year is weird in Tony’s world. Weighing in 15 times a year is what he’s used to doing.”
The delay also gave Gaethje extra time to prepare. “Back when he took the fight on short notice, Justin’s own words were, ‘I have to stop this guy. If we go the distance, he’s winning. I’m just not going to be able to win those later rounds,'” Sonnen said. “Those were his own words. You give him an extra three weeks, that changes everything.”
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The co-main event features “Triple C,” Henry Cejudo, defending the UFC bantamweight title against the man many consider to be GOAT of the division, Dominick Cruz. Cejudo has an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling and became a two-division UFC champ last year. Cruz hasn’t fought in three and a half years, but he’s finally healthy and ready to become a bantamweight champion for the third time.
“Cejudo vs. Cruz has the makings of an upset written all over it,” Sonnen said. “Henry is the better wrestler, for sure, but when’s the last time you saw him use his wrestling in a fight? He always has had a hard time closing the distance, and Dominick is so good at keeping the distance, using that footwork, making you work. Henry’s got good hands, but the only time Dominick’s ever been hurt in a standup fight is against Cody Garbrandt. If you threw that fight out, you’d have no frame of reference of Dominick ever being beaten on his feet.
“I don’t know if I’m ready to call for an upset. History says the younger guy that’s more active beats the older guy who’s been sitting out, but boy, it’s very easy to see the fight going all 25 minutes and Dominick Cruz winning three or four of those rounds.”
The depth of this card extends far beyond the title fights.
“Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik is a heavyweight fight between two guys who pack a strong punch, a bunch of power. It has potential for fireworks,” Melendez said. “This is one of those ‘don’t blink’ fights. You’ll be on the edge of your seat. Maybe it’ll seem at first that not a lot of things are going on, but once things happen, it’s going to be explosive.”
Then there are the undercard fights that are sure to make fans out of any viewer: Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar and Niko Price vs. Vicente Luque.