It took several twists and turns, but UFC 249 is finally set to get underway.
The event was originally scheduled for April 18 in Brooklyn, but the UFC had to find a new venue after the coronavirus shut down New York, and much of the country. UFC president Dana White tried to keep the same date but relocate the event to the Tachi Palace Resort Casino in Lemoore, Calif., but ultimately had to postpone the card.
Finally, after weeks of trying to find a way to push ahead, White was able to find a new date and site for UFC 249, for May 9 in Jacksonville, Fla.
The highly anticipated card is headlined by Tony Ferguson (25-3) and Justin Gaethje (21-2) for the interim lightweight title. Khabib Nurmagomedov was Ferguson’s original opponent, but he was replaced by Gaethje because of travel restrictions not allowing him to leave his native Russia amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Still, the Ferguson vs. Gaethje battle will provide plenty of excitement, and the winner will have a shot at Nurmagomedov. And the rest of the card has plenty to offer — the UFC is calling it the most stacked card in its history — including a co-main event of Henry Cejudo vs. Dominic Cruz for the bantamweight title.