Don’t miss the epic episode of UFC 249 Countdown: “Against all odds”

✔ Fight week has begun! ✔ Two title on the line in one of the most stacked UFC events of all time!

It has been a strange lead up to UFC 249, to say the least. The event was slated to take place in Brooklyn, New York on April 18th, and was set to feature the long-awaited lightweight title battle between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. Since that fight was booked the world has changed exponentially, with the Covid-19 outbreak changing the lives of most people around the world. The event was shut down by the state athletic commission, and Nurmagomedov pulled out of the fight following lockdown in his native Russia. Now the UFC have released a very special episode of UFC 249 Countdown, encompassing the crazy series of events that led us here.


The event will now instead go down at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, Saturday, May 9th. Ferguson will now face Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title. Both fighters are considered among the most violent and entertaining fighters on the entire UFC roster. Both fighters most recently defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Additionally, bantamweight champ Henry Cejudo will put his belt on the line against returning former champion Dominick Cruz. Heavyweight sluggers Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik collide, and Jeremy Stephens faces Calvin Kattar in a featherweight clash.

See the fight card and full episode of UFC 249 Countdown below.

Main card:

  • Interim lightweight title fight: #1 Tony Ferguson vs. #4 Justin Gaethje
  • Bantamweight title fight: (C) Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
  • Heavyweight: #2 Francis Ngannou vs. #6 Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  • Featherweight: #7 Jeremy Stephens vs. #9 Calvin Kattar
  • Heavyweight: Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro

Preliminary card:

  • Lightweight: #6 Donald Cerrone vs. (#15 WW) Anthony Pettis
  • Heavyweight: #12 Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Women’s strawweight: #7 Carla Esparza vs. #8 Michelle Waterson
  • Middleweight: #10 Uriah Hall vs. (#14 LHW) Ronaldo Souza

Early prelims:

  • Welterweight: #13 Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
  • Featherweight: Charles Rosa vs. Bryce Mitchell
  • Light heavyweight: Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for

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