The cursed bout that has seen numerous cancellations, venue changes, and fighter replacements in years has another update.
UFC 249: Ferguson vs Gaethje is now scheduled to happen on May 9 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Updated UFC 249 Fight CardMain Card (10 p.m. ET on PPV on ESPN+)
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje*
Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz**
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro
Prelims (8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+)
Donald Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis
Alexey Oleynik vs. Fabrício Werdum
Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
Early Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+)
Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey
*For the interim UFC lightweight championship
**For the UFC bantamweight championship
Will UFC 249 finally happen?UFC 249 was supposed to be big.
We were about to see lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov finally face off against Ferguson after numerous weird events that led to multiple cancellations whenever it was about to happen.
The initial plan was to hold it in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to take necessary precautions.
Then, they rescheduled to have it at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort on Native American tribal land in California before being cancelled again.
With Khabib still stuck in Russia, the UFC turned to Justin Gaethje to salvage the main event, which is now scheduled on May 9.
The UFC will hold two other events for the same venue in the following week on May 13 and May 16.
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