The conversation on the secret locations of the islands is over and UFC 249 will finally take place this Saturday, with a long-awaited light MMA clash between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje in Florida – read on to find out how to broadcast UFC 249 live, little no matter where the world you are.
What is so exciting about the return of the UFC this weekend? Where to start? In addition to being the first international sporting event to take place after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the stacked bill features a crucial lightweight title bout as its main event – a division that showcases some of the biggest sport prints.
UFC 249 – where and when?
UFC 249 will take place behind closed doors on Saturday, May 9, at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Preliminary preliminary coverage will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT and for those in the United Kingdom at 11:00 p.m. BST. For the main card, the development time will be 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT and 3 a.m.
ESPN + is your place to look in the United States and we have more details below.
This title deed finally sees Tony Ferguson face Justin Gaethje, just weeks after the couple were disappointed after the take was removed from UFC chief Dana White's first attempt to honor the organizer the fight by the bosses of ESPN.
But there is even more to appreciate. Read on to find out everything you need to know about UFC 249 or, if you just want to know where to watch the event from your corner of the globe, head straight to our UFC 249 live broadcast info page.
Who are Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje?
In a sport of great characters, the Mexican-Mexican fighter Tony Ferguson is one of the most eccentric of the UFC. A fervent fan of magic and breakdance, the number 1 lightweight competitor first made his name on the reality show UFC The Contender, winning all fights via KO or TKO when he appeared in season 13 of the series. Since then, he has achieved one of the best records in all divisions and has been undefeated in seven years.
Known for having an extremely efficient brawler style approach on his feet, Justin Gaethje enters the fight on the back of a formidable winning streak, with three consecutive 1st round knockouts / TKOs to his name.
Who is the favorite to win the Ferguson vs Gaethje fight?
The bookies currently nominate Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson as the 4/7 favorite to win the fight with Betfair in the UK (correct at time of writing). Ferguson will enter the Octagon on a 12-game winning streak and has not suffered a loss since 2012, with odds favoring his unpredictable approach over his opponent's more orthodox stand up style.
When was the last time Ferguson and Gaethje joined the ring?
Ferguson entered the Octagon for the last time almost a year ago with a unilateral victory via a doctor's stop against Donald Ceronne at UFC 238.
Gaethje has been the much more active fighter of the two for the past few years with his last fight also against Cerrone at Fight Night 158 in Vancouver in September, the third successive fight that the American fighter has stopped in the first round.
What are the other strengths of UFC 249?
The bumper card has two preliminary fights which, under normal circumstances, would honor the main card.
While there is no audience present to create a regular electric UFC atmosphere, a tasty welterweight clash between former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (22-10) and Donald Cerrone (36-14) should knock on doors early for those viewing at home, while a heavyweight fight between submissive king “Boa Constrictor” Aleksei Oleinik (58-13-1) and former Brazilian champion Fabricio Werdum (23- 8-1) who will return after two years of absence is also highly anticipated.
Meanwhile, the main support fight of the night sees bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo putting his belt on the line against all-out MMA legend Dominick Cruz. The bout marks Cruz's first bout in more than three years after Cejudo's scheduled confrontation with UFC 250 with Jose Aldo in Brazil was interrupted by the pandemic.
How to watch UFC 249 online in the U.S. exclusively on ESPN
Are you trying to find the perfect UFC 249 stream in the United States? ESPN + has had exclusive rights for the past year, which means it's the only place to watch it.
There are two options on the cost, depending on whether you already subscribe to the service. If you don't, then the best way to do this is with a UFC plan, which costs you $ 84.98. This gives you both the UFC 247 PPV and a one-year subscription to ESPN + (which would normally cost $ 50 alone).
Your other option is to simply purchase access to UFC 249 for $ 64.99. You can log in to watch all the action, including the preliminary fights on Saturday, May 9 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.
What does a UFC fan receive with their ESPN + subscription?
Like the rest of the sports world, the UFC has been silent for the past few weeks – but with the show now back on the road, an ESPN + subscription opens access to exclusive live UFC Fight Nights, as well as original content, including Dana White's Contender series, UFC Destined and Ariel & The Bad Guy, as well as classic fights, reruns, and there is also the benefit of fewer commercials.
The entire UFC 249 card:
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje (Interim UFC Lightweight Championship)
Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz (UFC Bantamweight Championship)
· Francis Ngannou against Jairzinho Rozentruik (heavyweight)
Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar (featherweight)
· Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro (heavyweight)
· Donald ‘Cowboy' Cerrone against Anthony Pettis (welterweight)
· Alexey Oleynik vs. Fabricio Werdum (heavyweight)
· Carla Esparza against Michelle Waterson (women's straw weight)
Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza (middleweight)
· Vicente Luque vs Niko Price (welterweight)
· Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa (featherweight)
· Ryan Spann vs Sam Alvey (light heavyweight)