As part of a long and exhausting attempt, some say wrong, by Dana White to return the sport to our televisions, UFC 249 is on the air as we speak. He brings with him one of the best fight cards of 2020. Madly, on Friday a fighter on the card (along with two of his cornerbacks) tested positive for coronavirus. He has now been removed from the event and the show will continue.
A quick history lesson before we dive in: we thought UFC 249 was going to take place on an island, as part of a Mortal Kombat-style plan to escape the restrictions of Covid-19 (in this scenario, Dana White is Shao Kahn) . So UFC 249 was apparently going to take place on tribal land at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. So thatafter UFC partners ESPN and Disney stepped in.
Now UFC 249 has risen from the dead. It’s alive and taking place in Florida, thanksIn this state, it seems that the UFC could be the first sport to return to function after the coronavirus.
Many of the fights originally scheduled in the original UFC 249 are still present on this new card. Namely, his main event: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje. No, it’s not about Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov as originally planned, but aside from bringing Conor McGregor in, he’s the next best option.
Ferguson vs Gaethje is a amazing interim title fight. A battle between two human bulls, two athletes who will advance no matter what happens. Gaethje, especially, has been pretty much in nothing but the fight of the year contenders. He will kick your legs until you cannot walk. Ferguson is also known for his incredible cardio and pressure. I can’t wait for this one.
UFC 249 has also been bolstered by a second title fight, between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz, also compelling competition. Cejudo is a two-division champion and an Olympic gold medalist; Cruz is probably the best UFC bantamweight of all time. Arguably Cruz shouldn’t have this opportunity (his last fight was a loss, three and a half years ago), but this will be a difficult fight. Cruz has been shown to be remarkably immune to ring rust.
Outside of the two title fights, this card is profound. It is packed with stars: Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Michelle Waterson, they all appear. Like Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, a terrifying competition between possibly the two most dangerous heavyweights in the UFC.
You’d be crazy if you missed it,
How to watch UFC 249
This year, the UFC entered into a new partnership with ESPN. That’s great news for the UFC and the expansion of MMA sport, but bad news for consumer choice. If you want to see UFC live especially in the USA. USA
At U.SIf you’re looking to watch UFC 249, you’ll only find the night of the fight on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options for viewing the UFC on ESPN, according to the ESPN site.
- Existing ESPN Plus annual subscribers can apply for the next UFC fight for $ 65.
- Existing ESPN Plus monthly subscribers will be able to upgrade to an annual plan and purchase UFC PPV for $ 85 or Buy the chance to see UFC PPV for $ 65 for yourself.
- New ESPN Plus subscribers can purchase a UFC PPV (HD Streaming) event package and an annual recurring ESPN Plus subscription for $ 85. The annual ESPN Plus ESPN subscription will automatically renew after one year, at the price of an annual ESPN Plus subscription at the time of automatic renewal.
You can do all of the above at the following link.
MMA fans at the United Kingdom Looking for how to watch UFC 249, you 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 through the Main Event on Foxtel. You can also stream online on the UFC website or watch UFC live online using its app to stream on your computer or smart TVs. You can even order UFC using your PlayStation 4 to watch the fight or stream using the UFC app on your Xbox One.
UFC 249 takes place on Saturday, May 9 In the USA. Although unlike most UFC events we can expect, given the current situation with COVID-19, this is a fluid one. Hours and dates may change at any time. We will strive to keep this as up to date as possible.
- The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT)
- The preliminaries start at 8 p.m. ET
- The first preliminaries start at 6:15 p.m. ET
(UK note UFC 249 begins Sunday, May 10).
- The main card starts at 3 a.m. GMT
- The preliminaries start at 1 a.m. GMT
- The first preliminaries start at 11:15 p.m. GMT
(Note in Australia UFC 249 begins Sunday, May 10).
- The main card starts at 12 p.m. AEDT
- The preliminaries start at 10 a.m. AEDT
- The first preliminaries start at 8:15 a.m. AEDT
- Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
- Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz
- Francis Ngannou against Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
- Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro
- Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone
- Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
- Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
- Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
- Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey