UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje Preview — This One’s For the Fans

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It’s amazing how fast the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fight falling apart for the fifth time becomes old news. Yet here we are, at UFC 249.

In the lead up to the original date for UFC 249, fans couldn’t possibly imagine a scenario in which we’d lose that highly anticipated fight after booking it for the fifth time. Now, less than a month later, Nurmagomedov isn’t even in the picture anymore. Instead, it’s Justin Gaethje who will be seizing the opportunity and stepping up to fight Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight championship.

Holding a major sporting event during these strange times call for unprecedented measures. On the surface, it seems as though the UFC is utilizing all of its resources to ensure the safety of all the athletes and their staff. It’ll be interesting to see how the production team pulls off the event, as well as how the unusual circumstances will impact the fighters’ performances. But most importantly, how the viewing public will react to such a stacked and entertaining live event after being deprived for so long.

For this particular card, the results of the contests are of minor importance — except for the fighters of course. Rather, its the fact that we simply have an event to enjoy after such a long time without having one that is of major importance. UFC 249 is for the fans.

Check out our preview of the UFC 249 main event, and more, in the video above!