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How to watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje live in New Zealand

Tony Ferguson takes on Justin Gaethje for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship as some professional sport returns in Jacksonville in the United States.

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UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje isn’t quite the headline act originally promised. Though the card itself is a blockbuster and most people won’t care too much as they finally have some top-level professional sport to watch.

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was putting his undefeated record on the line against Ferguson, but the coronavirus pandemic and travel bans meant he was unable to confirm his place on the card.

When is UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje?

First set for 19 April, it is now scheduled to get underway on Sunday 10 May. The early prelims start at 10:30am NZST. Cowboy Cerrone headlines the prelims which start at midday. The five-fight main card then commences at 2pm NZST.

How to watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje

In New Zealand, different elements of UFC 249 are available on UFC Fight Pass, Sky Arena, ESPN and free-to-air television. Read on for the breakdown of all the options.

Watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje on free-to-air TV

You can catch the prelims on Prime in New Zealand. If you want to watch the early prelims or the main card, you will need a subscription service.

Watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje on UFC Fight Pass

The early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass. You can also watch the prelims on ESPN. In New Zealand, UFC Fight Pass is $US11.99 for a monthly pass and $US109.99 for an annual pass. New subscribers can access a free 7-day trial.

For the main card, you will need to sign up for UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass. That has a one-off payment of $US24.95.

Fight Pass is available on a wide range of devices, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, ROKU, Xbox, LG and Samsung Smart TVs and SONY TVs with Android TV.

Watch UFC 249 on Sky Arena

If you are a Sky NZ subscriber with at least the Sky Starter package and a Sky Box, you can sign up to the UFC 249 main card through Sky Arena. It costs $39.95 and does not include the prelims. You can book online, on the phone, by text or using your Sky remote.

UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje full card

Main card

  • Interim Lightweight title fight: Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
  • Bantamweight title fight: Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz
  • Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  • Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar
  • Heavyweight: Greg Hardy vs Yorgan De Castro

Prelims

  • Welterweight: Anthony Pettis vs Donald Cerrone
  • Heavyweight: Aleksei Oleinik vs Fabricio Werdum
  • Women’s strawweight: Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson
  • Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs Ronaldo Souza

UFC 249 preview

Instead, Justin Gaethje has stepped in for a night of mixed martial arts that was originally slated for 18 April at an undisclosed location. Now it’s back at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on a night when there will be no fans in the stadium. It is the first of three UFC events being held over eight days at the same venue.

The UFC’s much vaunted private island was a mooted venue for UFC 249, while it was first scheduled to take place in Brooklyn before the event was postponed.

Headlined by the interim Lightweight Championship fight between Ferguson and Gaethje, Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo will also defend his belt against former champion Dominick Cruz.

Heavyweight standouts Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik will also face off, along with a clash of veteran contenders Anthony Pettis and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on a packed card.

Women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas last month tragically withdrew from her co-main event with Jessica Andrade due to two coronavirus deaths in her family.

Who will win UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje?

Even though Nurmagomedov isn’t involved, this is considered just about the second best option out there and has fight fans excited. These are two fighters with incredibly high work rates who move forward at just about all times.

Gaethje has a record of 21-2 and has won his last 3 fights in devastating fashion, all inside the first round. Ferguson’s record is 25-3 and he is on an extraordinary 12-fight winning run. You can see why everyone is so hopeful this fight goes ahead.

Ferguson is unsurprisingly the favourite considering his winning run. But this really could go either way. We’ll opt for Ferguson by split decision.

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