THEY’RE billing this as one of the ‘most stacked cards’ in UFC history.
Set to be filmed behind-closed-doors without any crowd in attendance, the fight night will be the first since the USA went into lockdown over Covid-19.
Who is fighting on the UFC 249 card?
DANA WHITE has fought hard to get this event on – and fans are delighted with the card he’s put together.
Originally, UFC 249 was set to be headlined by Tony Ferguson and lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But with the Russian unable to leave the country due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions, Justin Gaethje has stepped in to a headliner role and the interim title is now up for grabs.
Elsewhere on the card, there’s the Bantamweight Championship between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz, while the prelims features a real fan-favourites clash with ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone against Anthony Pettis.
MMA fans look set to be treated to a packed May as the UFC looks to return in style – and the card on May 9 is set to start a bumper run of events.
White also claims he is close to securing a private island which will be able to host MMA matches going forward, which will be crucial if the lockdown measures stay in place for any length of time.
For the time being, fighters will be tested for Covid-19 in the run up to fight night and no spectators will be allowed in the arena.
Here’s the card for UFC 249 on Saturday, May 9:
Main Card (from 3am on BT Sport 1 in UK/ 7pm ESPN+ in US)
- Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (interim UFC Lightweight Championship)
- Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz (UFC Bantamweight Championship)
- Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozentruik (heavyweight)
- Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar (featherweight)
- Greg Hardy vs Yorgan de Castro (heavyweight)
Prelims (from 1am on BT Sport 1/ 5pm ESPN in US)
- Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis (welterweight)
- Alexey Oleynik vs Fabricio Werdum (heavyweight)
- Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson (women’s strawweight)
- Uriah Hall vs Ronaldo Souza (middleweight)
Early prelims (from 11.30pm UK time/ 3.30pm US on UFC Fight Pass)
- Vicente Luque vs Niko Price (welterweight)
- Bryce Mitchell vs Charles Rosa (featherweight)
- Ryan Spann vs Sam Alvey (light heavyweight)
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How can I watch on TV and live stream?
- The main card and the prelims are live on BT Sport 1 in the UK.
- In the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
- While the main event on ESPN+ will be pay-per-view in the US.
- The early prelims will be shown on UFC Fight Pass app for subscribers.