With an interim title hanging in the balance, Tony Ferguson will put his 12-fight winning streak and place as the top contender in the lightweight division on the line as he squares off with Justin Gaethje in this must-see main event. Stephens won’t be looking to stick-and-move as much as Magomedsharipov did in Russia and Kattar should come out with a little more aggression and a focus on cutting off the cage, all of which should combine to make this bout an action-packed affair. Both are currently stationed inside the Top 10 — Esparza at No. Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo is on a mission to substantiate his claim to being the greatest combat sports athlete of all-time and has set his sights on taking out the legends that preceded him as a means of making his case. The native of Cape Verde who resides in Fall River, Massachusetts is a perfect 6-0 in his professional career and a second straight blistering stoppage would force people to sit up and take notice of him going forward.

ROUND 1: Gaethje delivered a fantastic opening round, hitting Ferguson with fast, clean shots. In honor of Khamzat Chimaev's 10 day turnaround for his fight against Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas, we look back at the Top 5 fastest turnarounds in UFC history. Middleweight veterans looking to take another step towards the top of the division meet in this one as Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza returns to the 185-pound ranks following a one-fight absence to face former TUF standout Uriah Hall. Though he enters this one in the longest drought of his career, the 33-year-old has continued to face a steady diet of elite talent and only needs to land one clean blow to put himself right back into the win column. Middleweight is in the midst of some serious changes, creating an opportunity for the winner of this one to hustle further up the divisional ladder and potentially secure a marquee assignment later in the year. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It feels like the 135-pound weight class is on the precipice of having its real breakthrough moment in the UFC and this is the starting point, so buckle up and enjoy. Waterson has been on the fringes of contention since arriving in the UFC in the summer of 2015. Over a dozen years into his UFC journey, Stephens has settled into a Donald Cerrone-esque role in the featherweight division, standing as the durable and dangerous veteran in the lower half of the Top 10 who is ready to take on all comers and capable of beating just about anyone on any given night. However, this pairing with Werdum presents a more balanced playing field than the Russian veteran is used to as the returning former titleholder is also a decorated grappler and one of the few heavyweights on the roster who could potentially hold his own on the ground with “The Boa Constrictor.”. Who does that? It is impossible to say what would have happened in the remainder of the title fight, as Cejudo was winning. Dive deep into the entire UFC 249 card with this edition of Fight by Fight, featuring Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje By E. Spencer Kyte, on Twitter @SpencerKyte • … 8 — and this sets up as a battle to determine which of these two women will move into contention in the 115-pound weight class. ROUND 5: Gaethje fought an extremely smart fifth round, crushing Ferguson to the point where a referee stoppage was needed to end the fight. © 2020 ABG-SI LLC. He missed nearly three full years and was stripped of his title in the time following his victory over Demetrious Johnson, came back, and absolutely trucked divisional stalwart Takeya Mizugaki. Cruz hasn’t fought since December 2016 when he was beaten by Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event of the UFC’s final show of that year. ROUND 3: Despite the onslaught from Gaethje, Ferguson continues to withstand the pressure. Is it possible Ferguson is looking to wear out Gaethje over a five-round fight? To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Fighter Timeline series features Cain Velasquez and five of the biggest fights of his UFC career. Two-and-a-half years later, they’re set to run it back in another UFC 249 contest that is guaranteed to be entertaining. Swelling on Stephens’ left leg forced him to change stances, and Kattar continued to develop a well-balanced attack, especially with his boxing combinations. 7, Waterson at No. A staggering 15-1 inside the Octagon, Ferguson long ago cemented his standing as one of the most consistently entertaining and dangerous fighters to grace the UFC cage and Saturday’s contest provides him with the opportunity to claim the interim lightweight title for the second time, having first accomplished the feat two and a half years ago with a third-round submission win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216. “Cowboy” has dropped three in a row following a hot streak that carried him back into lightweight contention. FINAL: Francis Ngannou defeats Jairzinho Rozenstruik by knockout. After a pair of wins on Season 2 of the Contender Series and a quick win on the regional circuit, Hardy went 2-2 with one no contest during his five-fight rookie season in the UFC. Ngannou now waits for the winner of the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier fight for the Heavyweight Championship, likely to happen later this summer. FINAL: Henry Cejudo defeats Dominick Cruz by TKO. Who rockets into contention on the strength of four straight victories and then says, “I’d really like to fight the scariest dude in the division please” less than a year after stepping into the Octagon for the first time? Plus, there is a chance for a little creativity, like Sam Alvey did in the early prelims, high-fiving a non-existent crowd before his fight against Ryan Spann. Though he’s struggled to string together victories throughout much of his UFC run, Price is one of those guys where you’re coming for the show, not the results, as all of his fights have been wildly entertaining and left you wanting to see him compete again, regardless of the outcome. Heavyweight fight: Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik – 11:30pm ET.

Light heavyweights get the party started on Saturday night as Ryan Spann goes in search of his fourth consecutive UFC victory when he takes on veteran Sam Alvey in the opener.

Cejudo hit Cruz with a brutal knee, then 10 more shots, but Cruz was standing up when the referee stopped the fight and awarded the win to Cejudo by TKO.

Not to be outdone, Rozenstruik used to 2019 to go from UFC newcomer to heavyweight contender, registering four stoppage wins in 11 months to push his record to 10-0 overall before actively calling for this bout against Ngannou! If his name were not Greg Hardy, the former NFL player would not be in the UFC. The amount of shots Ferguson is absorbing is absurd. In many cases, Oleinik’s fights come down to whether or not he can drag you to the canvas. Former Invicta FC champions Carla Esparza and Michelle Waterson clash in what is a crucial fight for both competitors and the strawweight division alike. This fight is destined to end up in the hands of the judges, but Hardy pushed the action and the judges are likely to reward it. Ngannou and Rozenstruik have 24 career victories between them and 23 of them have come inside the distance, meaning there is a very high probability of someone getting knocked out in this one and every second until it happens will be filled with the kind of nervous tension only a clash of heavyweight titans can bring. But you can still have an absolute firecracker of a fight outside of contention and locking these two long-time standouts in the cage together once again is a pretty solid recipe for making that happen. 6, 2020, FRANCIS NGANNOU VS. JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK, Copyright © 2001-2020 UFC All Rights Reserved. While he’s remained ever-present in the community as a result of his role as an analyst on UFC broadcasts, injuries have resulted in a few false starts and ultimately kept him sidelined for the last three-plus years. ROUND 2: Ferguson is still seeking a point of entry, and he is playing with fire by eating some incredible shots from Gaethje. Both are at a very different stage of their careers heading into this one. This is one of those bouts where recent results and where each man is at in their respective careers doesn’t really matter — it’s two fighters who like to bring the ruckus and have never shied away from a fight stepping into the Octagon to share that experience once again and it should be all kinds of fun.

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