The UFC finally returned tonight with the stacked UFC 249 card. The promotion’s first card in almost two months went down behind closed doors at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Justin Gaethje stole the show at UFC 249, stopping Tony Ferguson in the fifth round. ‘The Highlight’ is now the interim lightweight champion and will face Khabib Nurmagomedov later in the year in a unification bout.
The UFC 249 co-main event will see Henry Cejudo defended his bantamweight tile against Dominick Cruz, stopping the former champion with two seconds left of the second round. Immediately after the win, ‘Triple C’ announced his retirement from the sport.
Elsewhere on the stacked UFC 249 card, Francis Ngannou needed only 20 seconds to knockout Jairzinho Rozenstruick, Calvin Kattar scored an impressive knockout win over Jeremy Stephens, and Anthony Pettis defeated ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a razor close unanimous decision in their rematch.
Ahead of the night, Jeremy Stephens missed the featherweight limit by 4.5lbs ahead of his clash with Calvin Kattar and ‘Jacare’ Souza was removed from the card and his fight with Uriah Hall, after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Official results from UFC 249:
Justin Gaethje defeats Tony Ferguson via fifth round TKO (3:39) to win the UFC interim lightweight title
Henry Cejudo defeats Dominick Cruz via second round TKO (4:58) to defend the UFC bantamweight title
Francis Ngannou defeats Jairzinho Rozenstruik via first round KO (0:20)
Calvin Kattar defeats Jeremy Stephens via second round KO (2:42)
Greg Hardy defeats Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27 x2)
Anthony Pettis defeats ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Alexey Oleinik defeats Fabricio Werdum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Carla Esparza defeats Michelle Waterson via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)
Vicente Luque defeats Niko Price via third round TKO – doctor’s stoppage (3:37)
Bryce Mitchell defeats Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30×25 2, 30×24)
Ryan Spann defeats Sam Alvey via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
The UFC returns on Wednesday the 13th in Jacksonville, headlined by Anthony Smith vs Glover Teixeira.