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How to watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs. Gaethje live

Tony Ferguson takes on Justin Gaethje for the interim Lightweight Championship at UFC 249.

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UFC 249 Ferguson versus Gaethje isn’t quite the headline act promised — but viewers will be thrilled to have some top-level professional sports 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 couldn’t confirm his place on the card.

Instead, Justin Gaethje stepped in at short notice for a night of mixed martial arts that was originally slated for April 19 at an undisclosed location. Now it’s back at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, with no fans in the stadium.

When is UFC 249 Ferguson vs. Gaethje?

The new date for the fight is Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10 p.m. ET. The early prelims start at 6:30 p.m. ET. Cowboy Cerrone headlines the prelims which start at 8 p.m. ET.

How to watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs. Gaethje

UFC 249 is split between ESPN, its streaming service, ESPN+ and the UFC Fight Pass. Watch early prelims are on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass. The prelims are on ESPN — and the main card is exclusive via pay-per-view to ESPN+.

Stream the fight on ESPN+

Get access to the main card via pay-per-view on ESPN+.

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Watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs. Gaethje on ESPN

ESPN+ is the exclusive home of UFC 249 in the US. Right now you can get all the action of UFC 249 plus an ESPN+ Annual Plan for $84.98 for new subscribers. You also get in-depth UFC analysis and an extensive fight archive. It’s available on:

  • Apple and Android devices
  • Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Oculus Go

Find out how to sign up for ESPN+.

Live stream UFC 249 early prelims via UFC Fight Pass

Catch the early prelims with a subscription to UFC Fight Pass. It costs $9.99 a month or $95.99 for an annual pass. It comes with an extensive fight catalog that includes boxing, Muay Thai and kickboxing content. New subscribers can access a free seven-day trial.

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UFC 249 Ferguson vs. Gaethje full card

Here’s the schedule we expect on Saturday, May 9.

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

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 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 incredibly talented fighters who work and train hard.

Gaethje has a record of 21-2 and has won his last three fights in devastating fashion, all in 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 favorite considering his winning run. But this really could go either way.

Bottom line

Looking forward to streaming some sports this weekend? Get queued up with ESPN+ or UFC to watch a major fighting event on Saturday, May 9.

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