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 Post subject: [Event] UFC 249 - Ferguson vs. Gaethje - Apr 18
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UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, scheduled to take place on April 18, 2020 at the private island in TBA.


Fight card

Main Card


Lightweight Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje Interim Lightweight Championship
Women's Strawweight Jéssica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
Heavyweight Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro
Welterweight Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
Featherweight Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar


Preliminary Card (ESPN)

Heavyweight Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Middleweight Ronaldo Souza vs. Uriah Hall
Lightweight Alexander Hernandez vs. Omar Morales
Bantamweight Marlon Vera vs. Ray Borg


Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Lightweight Michael Johnson vs. Khama Worthy
Women’s Bantamweight Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras
Light Heavyweight Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey




Background

A UFC Lightweight Championship bout between the current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former interim champion Tony Ferguson (also The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos welterweight winner) was slated to headline this event. The pairing has previously been scheduled and cancelled for various reasons on four separate occasions (The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale, UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans, UFC 209 and UFC 223) over the last four years.

While not officially announced by the organization, a featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar was expected to take place at UFC 248. However, Stephens was removed from the card in mid-January with an injury. The pairing was rescheduled for this event.

A heavyweight bout between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Ciryl Gane was scheduled for the event. However on March 5, it was announced that Gane was forced to pull out from the event after he was struck by a pneumothorax during one of his trainings. It is unclear at the moment if a replacement will be sought by UFC officials.

A welterweight bout between former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good and Belal Muhammad was scheduled for this event. The pairing was expected to meet at UFC 205 in November 2016, but Good was pulled after being notified by USADA due to a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test. However on April 4, Good pulled out due to injury. At this time, there is no word on a potential replacement.

COVID-19 pandemic

On March 12, New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued an order restricting mass gatherings and sporting events due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. On March 16, UFC president Dana White announced via a letter to employees shared to the public that this event "is still scheduled as planned, but the location may change". On March 18, the New York State Athletic Commission announced that the event would not be sanctioned to take place in Brooklyn, New York. On March 23, White revealed that he already had a new location for this event, but would only confirm that it will be held behind closed doors. He added two days later that the card could feature a different lineup depending on the logistics.

Khabib Nurmagomedov stated on March 30 that he was in Dagestan and his participation in the event could be jeopardized by travel bans related to the pandemic. He stated on April 1 that he would probably not be competing at the event due to those restrictions and reinforced that people should be in quarantine nowadays. He later confirmed that he would compete if a location was given and they were able to move him there, but did not see it happening.




Apr 7 - Updated fight card & background




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