Official statement on UFC 249

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Las Vegas – UFC® returns with one of the most stacked cards in recent history, which should be featured in a guaranteed fight to deliver fireworks as the No. 1 ranked light competitor Tony Ferguson and n ° 4 ranked Justin Gaethje battle for the interim championship. In the co-main event, Henry Cejudo intends to prove that he is the greatest bantamweight champion of the UFC of all time as he seeks to defeat the title holder repeatedly Dominick Cruz. This will be the first of three events to be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on May 9, 13 and 16 respectively, future cards will be announced at a later date. These events will be closed to the public and will be produced with only essential personnel.

UFC 249: FERGUSON versus GAETHJE will take place on Saturday May 9 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. All preliminary matches will be broadcast simultaneously on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN + in English and Spanish from 6.30 p.m. ET with the UFC Fight Pass preliminaries. The preliminaries will continue exclusively on ESPN & ESPN + 8 p.m. ET and the main ESPN + Pay-Per-View card will start at 10 p.m. AND.

“I’m looking forward to great fights for the fans,” said UFC president Dana White. “I would like to warmly thank Mayor Curry, the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena and Florida State Boxing Commission executive director Patrick Cunningham for doing this work and giving us a place to put these amazing cards, as well as our media partners, including ESPN and ESPN +, for bringing it to fans. My team is ready to go and the fighters are delighted to return with these consecutive events. “

“As we step by step on the road to economic recovery, we are proud to host these UFC events at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. “The organization UFC is a renowned entertainment brand that has presented a safe and sensible plan to use this Jacksonville location, and we are delighted that our city is showcasing nationwide on ESPN and ESPN +. As Jacksonville continues to outpace other cities and regions, we are delighted to continue to lead as the host of these world-class international sports entertainment organizations. “

“The Florida State Commission and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation have been in continuous coordination with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to identify options for bringing the UFC to Florida for upcoming events,” said the executive director. from the Florida State Boxing Commission, Patrick Cunningham. “Florida is hosting the UFC in the Sunshine State, and our committee is ready to sanction the events of May 9, 13 and 16. Health and safety protocols will be in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all those who help make these events possible. With this triple date of UFC events coming in May, Florida continues to build a strong collaboration with the UFC that lays the foundation for more opportunities that we hope the UFC will choose to host in our state In the coming months. “

One of the most exciting and unpredictable athletes on the list, Ferguson (26-3, fighting outside Orange County, California) is poised to become the first interim double lightweight champion in UFC history. Currently on a 12-game winning streak, Ferguson has defeated Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis and Rafael Dos Anjos. He is now looking to clinch his 13th straight record victory and win gold again at the UFC.

Known for his relentless fighting style, Gaethje (21-2, fighting in Arvada, Colorado) won a post-fight bonus in each of his UFC fights. One of the best knockout artists in the history of the division, Gaethje has won stoppages against Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza and James Vick. He is now looking to get another iconic finish and win his first UFC championship.

Cejudo (15-2, fighting outside of Phoenix, Arizona) is one of only four athletes in UFC history to host two championships at the same time. To accomplish this feat, he won impressive victories Demetrious Johnson, TJ Dillashaw and Marlon Moraes. After recently renouncing the flyweight belt, Cejudo now plans to reaffirm its dominance in the bantamweight division by eliminating one of its greatest champions.

Coming back to action for the first time in three years, Cruz (22-2, fighting outside of San Diego, California) intends to prove that he is still the best bantamweight in the world. A former UFC and WEC champion, Cruz holds victories over Urijah Faber, TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He now appears to be the first person to defeat Cejudo at 135 pounds and recover his lost crown.

Additional fights on the map include:

  • N ° 2 of classified heavyweights Francis Ngannou (14-3, fights outside Paris, France by Batie, Cameroon) meets n ° 6 Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0, fight against Paramaribo, Suriname) in a battle of knockout artists
  • In a clash of featherweight contenders, No. 7 ranked Jeremy Stephens (28-17, 1 NC, fighting outside of San Diego in California by Des Moines, Iowa) takes no 9 Calvin Kattar (20-4, fighting outside of Methuen, Massachusetts)
  • Fan favorites meet, Donald cerrone (36-14, fighting outside of Albuquerque, N.M.) takes Anthony Pettis (22-10, fighting outside Milwaukee, Wisc.) In a welterweight fight
  • Greg Hardy (6-2, 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida) confronts with unbeaten Yorgan De Castro (5-0, fighting out of Fall River, Massachusetts via Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde) in an exciting heavyweight fight
  • Heavy grapplers seek to make a statement Aleksei Oleinik (58-13, fighting outside Moscow, Russia) welcomes former UFC champion back Fabricio Werdum (23-7, fights outside Los Angeles, California)
  • Ryan Spann (17-5, fighting outside Beaumont, Texas) aims to continue his momentum against a cunning veteran Sam Alvey (33-13, 1NC, fighting outside Temecula, California)
  • Former UFC straw weight champion and ranked # 7 Carla Esparza (16-6, fighting outside Irvine, California) takes No. 8 Michelle Waterson (17-7, fighting outside of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Uriah Hall (16-9, fighting outside of Queens, New York) aims for his third consecutive victory against a decorated grappler Jacare Souza (26-8, 1NC, fights outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Welterweight finishers collide when competitor # 13 is ranked Vicente Luque (17-7-1, fighting outside Westwood, New Jersey via Brasilia, Brazil) faces Niko Prize (14-3, 1NC, fighter from Cape Coral, Florida)
  • Exciting featherweight grapplers go to war Bryce Mitchell (12-1, fighting outside of Sherwood, Ark.) Encounter Charles Rosa (12-3, fighting outside Coconut Creek, Florida.)

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