Our favorite moments from UFC 249
Sports are back with the first UFC fight in the quarantine era.
By Patrick Babbitt
Say it with me: SPORTS! That’s right we got our first taste of sports in the era of quarantine. UFC 249 was held in Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend. With no audience in attendance and plenty of covid testing taking place this could be the new normal for athletics. The lack of audience was eerie, no screaming fans and every punch landed was loud enough to feel in your brain. Here are the highlights from this weekend’s event.
Late replacement Justin Gaethje set the pace of the fight and maintained his strategic advantage to defeat UFC interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson. This broke Tony Ferguson’s epic 12 fight win streak.
Henry Cejudo successfully defended his bantamweight championship against the wily Dominick Cruz. Upon the win, Cejudo announced his retirement at the age of 33.
If you took a poorly timed bathroom break you would have missed the fight between Francis Ngannou and Jairsinho Rozenstruik. It only took 20 seconds for Ngannou to knock out Rozenstruik. Making his portfolio of power hard to ignore for another shot at the heavyweight title.
Justin Gaethje dismissed the title belt, saying he’s ready for the real belt being held by Khabib Nurmagomedov. He also spent time congratulating his opponent and agreeing with the referee’s call.
In Tony Ferguson’s post-bout interview he disputed referee Herb Dean’s decision to end the fight while Ferguson was still standing.