After a two-month hiatus, the UFC returns to action this weekend with a proverbial blow. The top bill of the fourth paid-for-event promotion of the year is an interim title fight between fan favorites Tony Ferguson and fan favorite Justin Gaethje.
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A heavyweight slugfest between heavy hitters Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik is also on the bridge, with the winner of the competition likely to win the first crack to the winner of the Stipe Miocic trilogy fight with Daniel Cormier.
A barn burner between Jeremy Stephens and the ever-improving Calvin Kattar is also in the spotlight, as well as a tasty welterweight clash between Vicente Luque and Niko Price.
Despite the devastating coronavirus of the original map, which was supposed to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the UFC still managed to organize a stellar event.
Here is everything you need to know about the event:
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What time will UFC 249 start?
Preliminary bouts will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. PT, with the main card kicking off at 10 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT.
What time does UFC 249 start in the UK?
Preliminaries will start at 11:30 p.m. GMT on Saturday May 9.
What time will the main card for UFC 249 launch in the UK?
The main card will start at 3:00 GMT.
What time will the main UFC 249 event start?
Ferguson and Gaethje are scheduled to walk to the Octagon at approximately 5.30 a.m. GMT (12.30 p.m. ET and 9.30 p.m. PT).
Octagon rides could take place later or before 5.30 a.m., depending on whether previous fights are long-distance or end early.
Can I watch UFC 249 online?
BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the fourth à la carte menu of the year on their laptop or mobile device via the BT Sport app.
The preliminary fights will be available on the Fight Pass service of the UFC. Fight Pass is available for download or streaming at www.ufcfightpass.com
Can I broadcast UFC 249 live for free?
British wrestling fans who want to watch the fourth pay-per-view program of the year will be able to do so if they are EE mobile customers. MMA fans can get the equivalent of three months of BT Sport on their EE devices by texting 150 SPORT, signing up for a BT ID, and then downloading the BT Sport app.
The subscription can be canceled at any time during the trial period.
The preliminary fights will be available on the Fight Pass service of the UFC.
UFC 249 combat card
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (interim lightweight title fight)
Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz (men’s bantamweight title fight)
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (heavyweight bout)
Jeremy Stephens against Calvin Kattar (men’s featherweight fight)
Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro (heavyweight bout)
Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis (welterweight fight)
Alexey Oleynik vs. Fabricio Werdum (heavyweight bout)
Carla Esparza c. Michelle Waterson (women’s strawweight fight)
Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza (middleweight fight)
Vicente Luque vs Niko Price (welterweight fight)
Bryce Mitchell vs Charles Rosa (men’s featherweight bout)
Ryan Spann vs Sam Alvey (lightweight fight)