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Sports Are Back! UFC 249

Sports are back! UFC is back! I know it’s not one of “The Big 4” but it’s probably my favorite sport to watch and I am beyond excited! Whether you’re a long time fan or are going to tune in for the first time, UFC 249 is stacked and quite possibly, one of their best cards ever!

This whole card from top to bottom is going to be great but here’s my breakdown for a few of the fights…

Interim Lightweight Championship (155 lbs)

Tony Ferguson v. Justin Gaethje

This fight has violence all over it! Both guys feed off of the bloodshed and have a kill or be killed attitude. Expect both guys to walk forward with Justin throwing an absurd amount of leg kicks & bombs with intentions to take your head off because he does have one punch knockout power. Tony will look to close the distance and use his elbows to rearrange Justin’s face while eventually trying to bring him to the ground to submit him.

I honestly can’t pick a winner because it really can go either way but I really want to see Tony fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the real Lightweight Title. They’ve been scheduled to fight 5 times before and it’s been cursed each time. There’s no way that this fight will be boring so expect a fast paced and brutal fight coming from both guys.



Bantamweight Title Fight (135 lbs)

Henry Cejudo v. Dominic Cruz

The return of former Bantamweight Champ Dominic Cruz has been 3 years in the making. Cruz is looked at as one of the best fighters but his career has been marred by injuries. “Triple C” Henry Cejudo is attempting to make his 2nd title defense of the Bantamweight Belt. His nickname Triple C comes from the 3 Championships he currently holds; Olympic Gold Medalist for wrestling, UFC Flyweight & Bantamweight Champ.

Expect Cejudo to try and grapple with Cruz by throwing lunging punches that will allow him to get inside and use his wrestling. Expect Cruz to use his elusive footwork and his excellent stick and move approach.
I’m thinking that this Title Fight will go all 5 rounds with Cruz getting his hand raised.



Heavyweight Fight (265 lbs)

Francis Ngannou v. Jairsinho Rozenstruik

Both of these guys are looking to leave this fight and be the next contender for the Heavyweight Title. As we all know with the Heavyweights, one punch can end the fight. Both of these guys are very capable of that but the biggest question is how long it’s going to take. Ngannou has started quickly in his last few fight by making quick work of Curtis Blaydes, Junior Dos Santos and former Champ, Cain Velasquez. Jairsinho waited until the last few minutes of his fight with Alistair Overeem to end it by severely cutting up Overeems mouth.

I’m expecting a statement fight by Ngannou with this fight ending in the 1st Round by KO.



Welterweight Fight (170 lbs)

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis v. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

This is a rematch between former Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. They first fought in 2013 with Pettis getting the win by TKO. Cowboy is looking to get revenge & rebound after losing his last 4 fights including a 40 second TKO by Conor McGregor. Pettis is also looking to rebound after losing to Diego Ferreira in a 2nd Round Submission.
This fight will be the Main Event on ESPN Prelims and should be a very exciting fight with both guys looking to get back in the win column.

I’m expecting a stand up fight between 2 guys that like to entertain the crowd (even though this will be an empty arena).

UFC 249

PPV Main Event (10:00 PM EST)

Tony Ferguson v. Justin Gaethje
Henry Cejudo v. Dominic Cruz
Francis Ngannou v. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jeremy Stephen v. Calvin Kattar
Greg Hardy v. Yorgan de Castro

Preliminary Card ESPN (8:00 PM EST)

Anthony Pettis v. Donald Cerrone
Aleksei Oleinik v. Fabrício Werdum
Carla Esparza v. Michelle Waterson

Preliminary Card ESPN Plus (6:30 PM EST)

Vicente Luque v. Niko Price
Bryce Mitchell v. Charles Rosa

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