A quick history lesson before diving in: We thought UFC 249 would take place on an island as part of a Mortal Kombat-esque plan to escape Covid-19 restrictions (in this scenario, Dana is White Shao Kahn). Then, apparently, UFC 249 would take place on tribal land at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. After that, theafter the UFC partners, ESPN and Disney, came in.
Now UFC 249 has risen from the dead. It lives and takes place in Florida, thanks toin that state. It seems that UFC may be the first sport to become active again after the corona virus.
Many of the fights originally planned for the original UFC 249 are still present on this new map. The main event is: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje. No, it's not Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov as originally planned, but other than bringing in Conor McGregor, this is second best.
Ferguson vs Gaethje is a great great interim title fight. A battle between two human bulls, two athletes who will march forward anyway. Gaethje in particular has practically done nothing but contenders of the year. He will kick your legs until you can no longer walk. Ferguson is also known for its incredible cardio and pressure. I can't wait for this.
UFC 249 is also backed by a second title fight, between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz – another compelling match. Cejudo is champion in two divisions and Olympic gold medalist; Cruz is probably the best UFC bantam weight of all time. Cruz probably shouldn't have this chance (his last fight was a loss, three and a half years ago), but this will be a tough one to call. Cruz has proven remarkably immune to ring rust.
Outside of the two title fights, this card goes deep. It's packed with stars: Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Michelle Waterson are all featured. As well as Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rose Bush, a terrifying match between arguably the two most dangerous heavyweights in the UFC.
You'd be crazy if you miss this one,
How to watch UFC 249
This year UFC has entered into a new partnership with ESPN. That's great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. If you want to watch UFC live especially in the US.
In the US if you're looking to watch UFC 249, you'll only find the fight night on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options for watching UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN's site.
- Existing annual ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC battle for $ 65.
- Existing monthly ESPN Plus subscribers can upgrade to an annual subscription and purchase UFC PPV for $ 85 or the opportunity buy to watch UFC PPV for $ 65 yourself.
- New ESPN Plus subscribers can purchase a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an annual ESPN Plus subscription for $ 85. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription is automatically renewed after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of automatic renewal.
You can do all of the above via the link below.
MMA fans in the UK looking for how to watch UFC 249 will find it exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options to watch UFC live if you live in Australia . You can watch UFC 249 via Main Event on Foxtel. You can also stream online on the UFC website or watch UFC live online with the app to stream on your computer or smart TVs. You can even order UFC with your PlayStation 4 to watch the fight or stream with the UFC app on your Xbox One.
UFC 249 takes place on Saturday May 9 in the United States. Although unlike most UFC events we can expect, given the current situation with COVID-19, this is a fluid one. Times and dates can change at any time. We will try to keep this as current as possible.
- The main map starts at 10:00 PM. ET (7 pm PT)
- The preliminary rounds start at 8 pm. ET
- The early prelims start at 6:15 PM. ET
(Note in UK UFC 249 starts Sunday, May 10.)
- The main card starts at 3:00 GMT
- Prelims start at 1:00 GMT
- Early prelims start at 11:00 PM 3:00 PM GMT
(Note in Australia UFC 249 starts on Sunday, May 10.)
- The main card starts at 12:00 PM. AEDT
- The prelims start at 10 AM AEDT
- The early prelims start at 8:15 AM AEDT
- Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
- Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz
- Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rose Bush
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
- Greg Hardy vs. Anthony Pettis vs. Yorgan De Castro
- Donald Cerrone
- Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
- Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
- Uriah Hall vs. Vicente Luque vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Niko Price
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
- Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey