On Saturday, May 9, the UFC will host UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
In the night’s main event, top-ranked lightweights collide as Tony Ferguson meets Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title. California’s Ferguson enters the headlining affair riding a 12-fight winning streak. The TUF winner previously held interim gold and has been scheduled to meet current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on five occasions, but the fight has yet to come to fruition. Gaethje, meanwhile, is a former World Series of Fighting champion known for his all-action fights. After a pair of setbacks when he first stepped into the Octagon, the Colorado product has scored three straight knockout victories.
Gold is also on the line in the co-main event, as bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo defends his belt against the most dominant fighter in the division’s history, former champion Dominick Cruz.
The event kicks off with three fights streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. The preliminary card continues on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET with four additional bouts. The five-fight main card airs live via ESPN+ pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Above is video (courtesy of the UFC) of the event’s post-fight press conference which kicks off approximately 30 minutes after the main event between Ferguson and Gaethje.
Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Calvin Kattar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Yorgan De Castro vs. Greg Hardy
Aleksei Oleinik (vs. Fabricio Werdum
Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
Sam Alvey vs. Ryan Spann