The long-awaited comeback of fighting sports is taking place on Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida, on a UFC 249 card, headed by Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.
Originally scheduled for mid-April, the event is being held at the request of UFC president Dana White, without fans in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. White previously tried to run the event in California before giving in at ESPN's request.
There are 11 fights scheduled for Saturday, including five on the main card. The light intermediate title and the bantamweight title are up for grabs.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from UFC 249, including the main event Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje and the rest of the fight card. Track for complete results.
Live updates from UFC 249, main card results
(All times east)
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
Dominic Cruz vs Henry Cejudo
12:08: A cut opens on Cejudo's forehead after his head joins Cruz.
12:06: Cejudo continues to cut with kicks in the legs. Nothing devastating yet, however.
12:02: End of the first shift. Cejudo's hard work so far.
12h: Cejudo supports a high knee and momentarily drops Cruz with a beautiful counterattack.
11:58: Lots of dancing in the opening minute. The first connection does not take place until the point where the previous fight on this card has already ended.
11:57: The first round between Cejudo and Cruz is underway.
11:45: Time to have fun with the bantamweight title. The fighters are making their entries.
First ride through Dominick Cruz in 1,226 days
– Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 10, 2020
Francis Ngannou def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by KO
11:33: It's over. NGANNOU IMPRESSES ROZENSTRUIK IN 20 SECONDS.
Ngannou: When I heard that he called me, I knew that he didn't know what he was doing. He has a lot of potential, but I think he needs to step back and prepare before fighting someone like me # UFC249
– MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 10, 2020
11:23: Another heavyweight showdown before our pair of title fights. Will we have another knockout?
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik next. This damn fight absolutely cannot go far. # UFC249
– Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) May 10, 2020
Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens by KO
11:08: Kattar wins by knockout in the second round! I took it with my elbow.
11:03: End of the first shift.
23:02 Stephens kicks his leg hard. Kattar places a powerful right hand on her face.
11:01: Stephens has been the aggressor as far as the fighters are concerned.
10:57: The second main letter contest is in progress.
Greg Hardy def. Yorgan de Castro by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
10:41: Hardy wins by unanimous decision. De Castro showed very little after the first round. He says he hurt his foot.
10:40: End of the third shift. This comes down to a decision by the judges.
10:38: De Castro slips and Hardy gives him the deal for about 30 seconds with a steady drum of punches in the legs.
10:35: Hardy comes out of the range with a huge blow from his right hand. De Castro is trying to follow the instructions in his corner to keep his kicks in Hardy's weakened lower body.
10:34: End of the second round.
10:32: De Castro is retreating further in the second round. It is unclear whether it is strategic or if he is injured. (UPDATE: It looks like he was hurt.)
10:28: End of the first shift. Both fighters suffered damage, but Hardy's left leg may have received the most significant blow. These guys have a stupid amount of power behind each swing. It wouldn't be surprising to find a knockout soon.
10:27: Some frantic action at the end of the first round leads Hardy into the fight. He took several blows to the legs without responding before firing a few shots in the air.
10:22: The first round is underway!
10:16: These empty arena strikes are going to look strange all night.
10:10: The main card will start soon, after several fun preliminary contests. Hardy x De Castro will be the first.
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje undercard Results
Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
The third round of this fight was crazy. Cerrone was not intimidated after being poked in the eyes, and Pettis somehow stood up after kicking him in the face. Pettis claims victory over a competitor with whom he has built a strong relationship over the past decade.
Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
We thank Werdum for recovering from a bad start, but the judges determine that his rally in the third round did not fully compensate for his initial struggles.
Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Waterson seemed surprised by the decision after a neck and neck battle.
Vicente Luque def. Niko Price by TKO
Heck of a fight there. Price landed some important strokes, including a kick to the face of Luque, and started the third round in control. Luque landed the decisive blow with a late hook that sent his opponent to the ground.
Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
What time does UFC 249 start tonight?
- Meeting: Saturday, May 9
- UFC 249 Schedule: 6:30 pm ET 3:30 pm PT
- Main card:22:00 ET 19:00 PT
- Ferguson x Gaethje: 12:15 am ET (approx.)
Fight fans are in for a big night of action on Saturday, with 11 fights over a period of more than six hours. Preliminary fights are scheduled to start at 6:30 pm. ET, followed by the main card at 22:00 ET.
Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje must enter the octagon just after midnight ET to end the night in style, in a fight that will determine the interim lightweight title.
UFC 249 Fight Card
- Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for interim lightweight title
- Henry Cejudo vs. Dominic Cruz for the bantamweight title
- Francis Ngannou x Jairzinho Rozenstruik; heavy weights
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar; feather weights
- Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro; heavy weights
- Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis; middleweights
- Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum; heavy weights
- Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson; womens straw weights
Preliminary preliminary card
- Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price; middleweights
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa; feather weights
- Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey; light heavy weights