UFC 249 Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
UFC 249 Tony Ferguson faceoff Justin Gaethje / Pic: Facebook / UFCAUS

UFC 249 airs live on pay-per-view from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. The event held with no fans in attendance is headlined by an interim 155-pound championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. The contest follows a bantamweight championship defense featuring the reigning champion Henry Cejudo up against former titleholder Dominick Cruz.

It is the first UFC event produced in almost two months. The previous show was held in Brasilia, Brazil mid March also behind the closed doors.

UFC 249 start time in the US is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. The pay-per-view fight card airs live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. The schedule in Australia converts to Sunday, May 10 at 9am AEST / 7am AWST for the preliminary lineup, and 12pm AEST / 10am AWST for the main card.

UFC 249 live updates and results

UFC 249 post-fight press conference video is available here.

IT’S TIME FOR UFC 249 MAIN EVENT!

Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje squared off in a five-round championship bout with an interim lightweight title on the line.

The fight produced fireworks. Gaethje was in control almost during the entire battle although got caught by an uppercut at the end of the second round. It was all over at 3:39 of the final round when he once more stunned Ferguson with left jab and the referee Herb Dean waved the fight off.

UFC 249 CO MAIN EVENT IS HERE. Henry Cejudo defends bantamweight title against former champion Dominick Cruz.

The scheduled for five rounds championship bout didn’t go the distance. Cejudo took the win as well as retained his belt via second-round TKO after he landed left knee to the head followed by a number of punches on the floor. In a post-fight interview he announced his retirement. Cruz expressed that the stoppage was premature.

The last fight prior to a pair of championship matchups features Francis Ngannou face off Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

The bout lasted as much or as little but 20 seconds. After a slight exchange of kicks, Ngannou went in big time throwing and delivered a devastating left hook, which dropped Rozenstruik. Few more punches landed, and the referee stopped the fight.

Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar continue the action. Originally set at featherweight, the bout proceeds at catchweight due to the latter missing weight.

The scheduled for three rounds bout didn’t go the distance. Kattar claimed the win by knockout dropping his opponent to the canvas with a massive elbow followed by a series of strikes on the floor.

UFC 249 MAIN CARD is up next. Greg Hardy and Yorgan De Castro kick off live on pay-per-view at heavyweight.

The heavy-hitters went a full distance throwing bombs. In the end Hardy earned a unanimous decision.

The top of the preliminary card saw a rematch between Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. Their first fight in 2013 ended in favor of “Showtime”, who stopped “Cowboy” in the first round (video here).

Their second encounter saw a full three-round battle. The verdict unanimously went in favor of Pettis, who took the second win.

Moving on with the clash of heavyweights. Aleksei Oleinik takes on Fabricio Werdum. The pair also goes a full distance, which ends in a split decision. Oleinik takes the win.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Amanda Nunes is set to defend her 145-pound belt against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250. The exact date of the event is yet to be determined.

Women’s MMA battle is up next. The contest features Carla Esparza up against Michelle Waterson. The pair squares off at strawweight.

The matchup saw a fast-paced action to both competitors. In the end the judges’ decision split. On one of the scorecards Waterson won the bout, declaring 30-27. On another, Esparza took 30-27. The third ballot stated 28-29 in favor of the latter, who took the win.

MMA action continues on the preliminary card. Vicente Luque and Niko Price do battle at welterweight. The contest is scheduled for three rounds.

The pair puts on a crazy performance. Check out a couple of clips below.

The fight was stopped by the doctor at 3 minutes and 37 seconds into the third round. Price received a significant damage to his right eye (graphic). Luque was awarded a win by TKO.

The second fight on the preliminary card is featherweight encounter between Bryce Mitchell and Charles Rosa. The pair also goes a full distance and it’s a wrap for the early prelims.

After three rounds at featherweight Bryce Mitchell scores a unanimous decision over Charles Rosa 30-25, 30-25, 30-24.

Here we go. The first fight features Ryan Spann up against Sam Alvey. The pair of light heavyweights goes a full three-round distance. Spann takes a split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

It is an early start here in Australia. The fists and kicks are about to start flying. It is 7am Perth time / 9am Sydney and Melbourne time. Time to enjoy some top-level MMA action.

The live show is just around the corner. Here is an Octagon overview (via Twitter). Jon Anik, Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier are all here covering UFC 249.

UFC 249 results can be found below.

Fight Results

  • Tony Ferguson def. Justin Gaethje via TKO (referee stoppage, R5 at 3:39)
  • Henry Cejudo def. Dominick Cruz via TKO (knee and punches, R2 at 4:58)
  • Francis Ngannou def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik via KO (left hook, R1 at 0:20)
  • Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via KO (elbow, R2 at 2:42)
  • Greg Hardy def. Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
  • Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Carla Esparza via split decision Michelle Waterson (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via TKO (doctor stoppage, eye injury, R3 at 3:37)
  • 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)

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