As part of a long, disturbing – some say misleading – attempt by Dana White to return sports to our televisions, UFC 249 is on the air, as we speak. It has one of the best fighting cards in 2020. Crazily, on Friday, tested a fighter on the card (along with two of his corner men) 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 would take place on an island, as part of a Mortal Kombat-esque plan to escape Covid-19 restrictions (in this scenario, Dana is White Shao Kahn) . By then, UFC 249 would obviously take place at the tribal site of the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Then it was canceledafter UFC's partners ESPN and Disney joined.
UFC 249 has now resurrected from the dead. It is alive and taking place in Florida, thanks toin that state. It looks like the UFC may be the first sport to come back and run after the coronavirus.
Many fights originally planned on the original UFC 249 are still left on this new card. Probably its most important event: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje. No, it's not Tony Ferguson against Khabib Nurmagomedov as originally planned, but outside getting Conor McGregor in is the next best thing.
Ferguson vs. Gaethje is a cool middle team title match. A battle between two human bulls, two athletes who will march forward no matter what. Gaethje, in particular, has been in almost nothing but fighting against this year's challengers. He will kick your legs until you can't walk. Ferguson is also known for his incredible cardio and pressure. I can't wait for this.
UFC 249 has also been strengthened by a second title match between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz – also a compelling competition. Cejudo is a champion in two divisions and an Olympic gold medalist; Cruz is probably the best UFC bantamweight of all time. Cruz probably shouldn't have this opportunity (his last fight was a loss three and a half years ago) but this will be a tough fight to call. Cruz has proven to be remarkably immune to rust.
Outside of the two title fights, this brief goes deep. It's jam-packed with stars: Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Michelle Waterson all have. Just like Francis Ngannou against Jairzinho Rozenstruik, a scary competition between arguably the two most dangerous heavyweights in the UFC.
You would be angry about missing this one,
How to watch UFC 249
This year the UFC entered into a new partnership with ESPN. This is good news for the UFC and the expansion of MMA sports, but bad news for the consumer's choice. If you want to watch UFC live in the US especially.
In USA if you are looking for how to watch UFC 249, you will only find the fight night on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a little confusing, but here are the options for watching UFC on ESPN, according to the ESPN website.
- Existing annual subscribers to ESPN Plus can order the upcoming UFC fight for $ 65.
- Existing monthly subscribers to ESPN Plus can either upgrade to an annual plan and purchase the UFC PPV for $ 85 or buy the opportunity to watch UFC PPV for $ 65 by itself.
- New subscribers to ESPN Plus can purchase a package of a UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $ 85. ESPN Plus's annual ESPN subscription will automatically begin after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of autorenewal.
You can do all of the above on the link below.
MMA fans in UK looking for how to watch UFC 249 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 at Foxtel. You can also stream online on the UFC website or watch UFC live online using the app to stream on your computer or smart TVs. You can even order UFC with your PlayStation 4 to watch the fight or stream with the UFC app on your Xbox One.
UFC 249 takes place on Saturday, May 9 in the United States. Although unlike most UFC events we can expect, given the current situation with COVID-19, this is a fluid situation. Times and dates can be changed at any time. We strive to keep this as updated as possible.
- The motherboard starts at ET (7 p.m. PT)
- The advance begins at 8 p.m. ET
- The early prelims begin at 1 p.m. 06:15. ET
(Note in the United Kingdom UFC 249 starts Sunday, May 10.)
- The motherboard begins at 03 GMT
- The prelims begin at 1 GMT
- The early prelims begin at. 23:15 GMT
(Note in Australia UFC 249 starts on Sunday, May 10.)
- Motherboard begins at 12 AEDT
- Prelims start at 10 AEDT
- The early prelims start at 8 : 15 AEDT
Who is fighting?
- Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
- Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
- Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
- ] Greg Hardy v Yorgan De Castro
- Anthony Pettis v Donald Cerrone
- Aleksei Oleinik v Fabricio Werdum
- Carla Esparza v Michelle Waterson
- Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Ryan Rosa
- Sam Alvey