UFC Results

UFC 249 results: Justin Gaethje is the new UFC interim Lightweight Champion. He beat Tony Ferguson to a pulp on Saturday in the main event of UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida. In a fan-less VyStar Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Gaethje proved to be a man fit to be called a champion.

UFC 249 fight card results:
Justin Gaethje def. Tony Ferguson via fifth-round TKO to win interim lightweight title — Recap, highlights
Henry Cejudo (c) def. Dominick Cruz via second-round TKO to retain bantamweight title — Recap, highlights
Francis Ngannou def. Jair Rozenstruik via first-round KO — Recap, highlights 
Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via second-round TKO (strikes) — Recap, highlights
Greg Hardy def. Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) — Recap, highlights
Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) — Recap, highlights
Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via TKO (strikes; doctor stoppage) — Recap, highlights
Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC 249 countdown
“Jacare” tests positive for COVID-19, removed from card
Championship fighters on weight for Saturday, Stephens misses badly
Campbell: Ferguson betting on himself — again — in taking in-between bout
Brookhouse: A complete look at every fight from the early prelims to the main event
Brookhouse: Cejudo on a ‘legacy rampage’ against legends
Crosby: Heavyweight business picks back up with Ngannou-Rozenstruik
Campbell: How a short-notice bout between aging gunslingers came to be
Campbell: Cruz looking to ‘transform’ in return to action
Best prop bets to make on the main card
Brookhouse: Justin Gaethje ready to seize the long-awaited moment
CBS Sports HQ: Dana White talks UFC 249 with Brian Campbell
Brookhouse: Fighters who have won big on short notice
UFC planning to test fighters, team members for the coronavirus
Campbell: Five biggest storylines to watch in Jacksonville
Brookhouse: Five things to know and how we got here

n the middle of a period when professional sports has been brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC took on the daunting task on Saturday night of serving as the first major professional sport in the country to return to action with the UFC 249 event in Jacksonville, Florida. The UFC entered the highly-publicized weekend with a stacked card but still forced with living up to some lofty expectations. In the end, it’s safe to say that the UFC succeeded in providing the slightest bit of normalcy with action that we won’t soon forget.

The UFC 249 event, originally scheduled to take place on April 18 in Brooklyn, had everything a fight fan could have asked for. We witnessed an epic main event where a new interim lightweight champion was crowned after a systematic beating was delivered for nearly 25 minutes, a vicious, highlight-reel knockout in nearly the blink of an eye and even a shocking retirement. For myriad reasons, UFC 249 will go down in history.

UFC 249 Results

UFC 249 results: Justin Gaethje is the new UFC interim Lightweight Champion. He beat Tony Ferguson to a pulp on Saturday in the main event of UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida. In a fan-less VyStar Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Gaethje proved to be a man fit to be called a champion.

UFC 249 fight card results:
Justin Gaethje def. Tony Ferguson via fifth-round TKO to win interim lightweight title — Recap, highlights
Henry Cejudo (c) def. Dominick Cruz via second-round TKO to retain bantamweight title — Recap, highlights
Francis Ngannou def. Jair Rozenstruik via first-round KO — Recap, highlights 
Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via second-round TKO (strikes) — Recap, highlights
Greg Hardy def. Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) — Recap, highlights
Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) — Recap, highlights
Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via TKO (strikes; doctor stoppage) — Recap, highlights
Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC 249 countdown
“Jacare” tests positive for COVID-19, removed from card
Championship fighters on weight for Saturday, Stephens misses badly
Campbell: Ferguson betting on himself — again — in taking in-between bout
Brookhouse: A complete look at every fight from the early prelims to the main event
Brookhouse: Cejudo on a ‘legacy rampage’ against legends
Crosby: Heavyweight business picks back up with Ngannou-Rozenstruik
Campbell: How a short-notice bout between aging gunslingers came to be
Campbell: Cruz looking to ‘transform’ in return to action
Best prop bets to make on the main card
Brookhouse: Justin Gaethje ready to seize the long-awaited moment
CBS Sports HQ: Dana White talks UFC 249 with Brian Campbell
Brookhouse: Fighters who have won big on short notice
UFC planning to test fighters, team members for the coronavirus
Campbell: Five biggest storylines to watch in Jacksonville
Brookhouse: Five things to know and how we got here

n the middle of a period when professional sports has been brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC took on the daunting task on Saturday night of serving as the first major professional sport in the country to return to action with the UFC 249 event in Jacksonville, Florida. The UFC entered the highly-publicized weekend with a stacked card but still forced with living up to some lofty expectations. In the end, it’s safe to say that the UFC succeeded in providing the slightest bit of normalcy with action that we won’t soon forget.

The UFC 249 event, originally scheduled to take place on April 18 in Brooklyn, had everything a fight fan could have asked for. We witnessed an epic main event where a new interim lightweight champion was crowned after a systematic beating was delivered for nearly 25 minutes, a vicious, highlight-reel knockout in nearly the blink of an eye and even a shocking retirement. For myriad reasons, UFC 249 will go down in history.

Ferguson vs Gaethje

Ferguson vs Gaethje: Ferguson vs Gaethje for an interim title at UFC 249 is a ‘no-brainer’ A man who might own the most violent and financially fruitful six-fight start in UFC history, Gaethje has proven to be highlight-reel material, win or lose.

Tony Ferguson understandably has plenty to vent about considering the trouble he’s had trying to get into the Octagon with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’ll have the chance to release his frustrations when he squares off against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 on Saturday for the interim lightweight title. The main UFC 249 fight card is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Ferguson (26-3) was set to challenge Nurmagomedov for the crown, but their match was canceled, for the fifth time overall, due travel restrictions created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ferguson, who is in the midst of a 12-fight winning streak, is looking to capture the interim belt for the second time in his career, while Gaethje (21-2) hopes to improve to 7-0 in title fights. The latest Ferguson vs. Gaethje odds list Ferguson as a -190 favorite (risk $190 to win $100), while Henry Cejedo (-240) is favored as he puts his five-match winning streak on the line against Dominick Cruz (+200) in the co-main event. With so many angles to consider on this stacked main card, be sure to see the UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Brandon Wise before finalizing any UFC 249 picks.

Now, with UFC 249 fast approaching, Wise carefully has studied every matchup on the main card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for each fight. He’s only sharing those selections here.

UFC 249 is here TONIGHT as MMA rides to the rescue for sports fans!

Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje headlines the HUGE card in Jacksonville, Florida – which has strict protocols in place.

Start time: Prelims 1am BST (8pm EST), main card 3am BST (10pm EST)
*Early prelims on from 11.30pm
Expect Ferguson vs Gaethje around 5am
TV/ live stream: BT Sport 1 (UK), ESPN + (US)

Ferguson vs. Gaethje expert preview

Wise knows Ferguson had been preparing to fight Nurmagomedov, who currently is stuck in Russia. It marks the fifth time a matchup between the two has failed to take place after being booked.

Ferguson is in the midst of the longest winning streak in UFC lightweight history. The 36-year-old Californian has won 12 consecutive fights, the last being a second-round TKO against Donald Cerrone on June 8.

A former collegiate wrestling champion, Ferguson has not lost since dropping a unanimous decision to Michael Johnson on May 5, 2012. He captured the interim lightweight championship with a submission win over Kevin Lee in October 2017, but was stripped of the title after withdrawing from a fight with Nuragomedov in April 2018 due to a torn knee ligament.

Ferguson’s winning streak could come to an end against the fourth-ranked Gaethje, who has recorded three straight victories after suffering back-to-back losses. The 31-year-old from Arizona’s most recent win also came against Cerrone, as he scored a TKO in the first round on Sept. 14. Get Wise’s predictions for Ferguson vs. Reyes and every main card fight here.

Top UFC 249 predictions

One of Wise’s UFC 249 predictions: He’s backing Yorgan De Castro (+150) to upset Greg Hardy (-175) in a heavyweight bout.

Neither fighter is ranked in the top 15, but that could change after their titanic battle at UFC Jacksonville on Saturday. The 33-year-old De Castro has begun his professional career with six consecutive victories. Five of the wins came by knockout, with four taking place in the first round, including his flattening of Justin Tafa on Oct. 5 in his first UFC fight.

Hardy (5-2, 1 no-contest) also hasn’t had much experience in mixed martial arts since ending a six-year NFL career with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys. The 31-year-old former Pro-Bowl defensive end, who won five of his first six fights, has improved his endurance and gone the distance in his last two bouts. He used an inhaler between rounds against Ben Sosoli in October, resulting in his decision win being overturned.

“Hardy has shown a questionable gas tank at best, and his hopes for this fight would be that both men go for quick knockouts,” Wise told SportsLine. “De Castro will bait Hardy into some poor and reckless decisions early before finishing him off in the second round.”

How to make Ferguson vs. Gaethje picks

Wise also has strong picks for Ferguson vs. Gaethje and every other bout on the main UFC 249 fight card. He’s also backing a fighter whose “explosiveness” will propel him to a decisive victory. Get every pick for every fight on the UFC 249 main card at SportsLine.

Who wins Ferguson vs. Gaethje? And how exactly does each fight end? See the latest UFC 249 odds below and then visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight on the UFC 249 main card, all from the accomplished expert who has been profitable for five straight years.

UFC 249 main card odds (via William Hill)

Tony Ferguson (-190) vs. Justin Gaethje (+160)
Henry Cejudo (-240) vs. Dominick Cruz (+200)
Francis Ngannou (-260) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+210)
Calvin Kattar (-240) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+200)
Greg Hardy (-175) vs. Yorgan De Castro (+150

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