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Ferguson and Gaethje headline UFC 249, the first major US sports event since coronavirus shutdown

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Ferguson and Gaethje headline UFC 249, the first major US sports event since coronavirus shutdown

UFC 249, the first major US sporting event since coronavirus shutdowns, will see fighters Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje battle for the interim light-weight championship on Saturday.

Ferguson and Gaethje headline UFC 249, the first major US sports event since coronavirus shutdown

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 08: (L-R) Opponents Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje face off during the UFC 249 official weigh-in on May 08, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

Sports activities followers are itching for some motion, and Final Preventing Championship simply may need the reply.

“Ferguson vs. Gaethje will probably be one of the vital violent fights you will ever see, I can assure that,” UFC 249 president Dana White told ESPN. “They’re two of one of the best on the planet, and the winner will battle Khabib [Nurmagomedov] for the title. Khabib will probably be again in September-October.”

Gaethje is filling in for Russian UFC 249 light-weight champion Nurmagomedov, who was speculated to defend his title in opposition to Ferguson however is unable to journey on account of present restrictions.
Within the co-main occasion, Henry Cejudo will defend his UFC bantamweight title in opposition to Dominick Cruz. The latter hasn’t fought in additional than three years, however is raring to step into the octagon.
The occasion will happen on the VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Florida, and not using a reside viewers. Followers can stream the big fight on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. EDT. The early prelims and prelims will probably be out there to look at on ESPN and ESPN+ beginning at 6 p.m.

Extra fights to return

To maintain the motion going, UFC 249 has scheduled two extra battle nights on May 13 and 16.
Like Saturday night time‘s occasion, they, too, will probably be in VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment and closed to the general public, “with solely important personnel in attendance,” UFC stated.
“As we transfer step-by-step on the trail towards financial restoration, we’re proud to host these UFC occasions on the Vystar Veterans Memorial Enviornment,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry stated in a press release.
“The UFC group is a famend leisure model that is introduced a protected and smart plan to make use of this Jacksonville location, and we’re thrilled to have our metropolis highlighted nationally on ESPN and ESPN+.”
UFC 249 President Dana White advised CNN Sport that the group is taking correct precautions to make sure well being and security amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Hear, now we have households, too,” White stated. I’ve a household; I do not wish to harm my household. I do not wish to die.
“This is not just a few loopy (operation), it is a properly thought out plan. We have had very, very good individuals, docs and folks which were concerned with the UFC for a really very long time engaged on this factor continuous because it began. We consider that now we have this factor in a spot the place it may be as protected as it could probably be.”
The UFC’s web site states: “All athletes and workers will probably be required to stick to numerous precautionary measures, resembling collaborating in superior medical screenings and temperature checks and following social distancing pointers.”

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