Well, a full 24 hours haven’t even passed and our questions have been answered. Per Sources, UFC 249 is to take place May 9th. The location is TBD, and there are many moving pieces that will change in the coming weeks. The current card the UFC is portraying to the public is stacked from top to bottom. For the die hard MMA fan, a card like this comes maybe once a year. This year will be different because of the current situation with COVID-19. Since this virus is taking up a large chunk of the UFC’s calendar, they’re going to have to put all the cancelled fights on upcoming cards. If you have flirted with the idea of becoming an MMA fan, the upcoming months will be action packed without question. The UFC has contract obligations with all the fighters in regards to how many times they fight that year. So, If a fighter was scheduled to fight twice that year, they will have the opportunity to take two fights once business resumes.
In regards to UFC 249, I figured I’d give you guys an idea of what to expect from the first fight of the night to the last fight of the night. I took my pick on each fight, incase you’re a betting man and want to make some money in this declining economy. If you only want to see the main event, scroll down to the main event heading.
Charles Rosa V. Bryce Mitchell (Featherweight)- Interesting matchup. Charles Rosa had a surging submission in his last outing, but that was his first trip to the octagon since 2017. Rosa specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and can choke you from anywhere. Mitchell is the surging up and comer, who recently pulled off a “Twister” submission in a win against Matt Sayles. I think this fight will be a large grappling match, with tons of clinching and takedown attempts. If I had to take a winner: Mitchell
Vincente Luque V. Niko Price (Welterweight)- This is an absolute firecracker. Any other event this is one of the first fights on a main card. Luque is a heavy hitting Brazilian that never stops coming forward. Niko Price is an American wrecking machine, coming off the Vicious K.O up-kick he had against James Vick. Both fighters will stand in the middle of the ring, until one is knocked out. Both have granite chins. Should be a real exciting one. If I had to take a winner: Luque
Jacare Souza V. Uriah Hall (Middleweight)- Again, may seem like I’m repeating myself, BUT: Any other card this isn’t on the prelims. Two seasoned vets of their caliber have the potential to do paper view buys. Jacare was a fight away from a title shot not even a year ago and Uriah Hall has the power to put anybody’s lights out, even on their best day. I see this fight being relatively slow, both in the latter stages of their career, there will be a ton of clinching. Jacare by decision.
Carla Esparza V. Michelle Waterson (Strawweight)- Michelle Waterson is coming off an ass beating from Joanna, the former champion. She’s a skilled striker with many tools to put her in title contention. Carla Esparza is a former champion with world class skills, and this is a big test for Michelle Waterson. Waterson by decision.
Aleksi Olenik V. Fabricio Werdum (Heavyweight)- This fight is absurd in my opinion. They are throwing sheep to the wolves. Though Olenik is a seasoned veteran, with TONS of octagon time (71 fights, yes you read that right), I feel like he is at a huge disadvantage. Werdum is bigger, hits harder, and more elusive. Werdum is coming off a suspension and should be healthy as ever trying to make a statement for a title shot. Werdum by KO.
Greg Hardy V. Yorgan De Castro (Heavyweight)- The prelim main event. I’ve been following De Castro since he aired on the Contender Series, and I truly believe he is the dark horse of the heavy weight division. I don’t have much to say on this fight. Greg Hardy is a terrible human being that beats women. De Castro by devastating KO.
Donald Cerrone V. Anthony Pettis (Welterweight)- This is a good fight for both fighters. Both coming off losses, and both have a stake in the welterweight and lightweight division. Cowboy Cerrone has elite ground game and very technical standup, While Anthony Pettis is a world class striker with many highlight real KO’s. This is a fan favorite fight. I think Cowboy Cerrone by decision/submission.
Jeremy Stephens V. Calvin Kattar (Featherweight)- Two animals. Two guys who are going to go to the middle of the ring and slug it out. All night. Stephens is coming off a decision loss to a top contender in Yair Rodriguez, and Kattar is coming off a decision loss to another top contender, Zabit. I think Kattar gets the job done, should be a very good fight.
Francis Ngannou V. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (Heavyweight)- Can sum this one up pretty easily. Both guys are houses. Once one of them connects its lights out. Don’t blink. Ngannou by KO.
Amanda Nunes V. Felicia Spencer (Featherweight)- The first of 3 title fights on the night. Amanda Nunes without a doubt is pound for pound one of the best fighters period. Regardless of gender, she has proven time and time again why she is the clear GOAT of female MMA. Felicia Spencer is a surging contender coming from Invicta. Nunes wins by KO.
Henry Cejudo V. Dominick Cruz (Bantamweight)- This guy Henry Cejudo has to be one of the most annoying public figures to ever graze the earth. You would think that someone would tell him that only people over 5’4 can make certain comments. On a serious note, this matchup came out of a scrapped fight between Henry and Jose Aldo, the former featherweight king (Until mcgregor came 🙂 ). I think that if Henry is able to pull out another win against a legend like Dominic Cruz, its hard to not put him in the argument for pound for pound. I think Dom gets the job done, and sends henry back down to flyweight.
TONY FERGUSON V. JUSTIN GAETHJE (Lightweight)- They say to leave the best for last. Christmas came early this year. Two of the most violent men on the planet are going to be locked in a cage for twenty five minutes. One leaves with the belt. Gaethje has been campaigning for a title shot for months all over social media, and he is finally getting his chance to prove himself. Tony Ferguson has been here before, and even though it isn’t an undisputed belt, im sure Tony wouldn’t mind adding another interim belt to the collection until he gets his hands on Khabib. There are so many questions. How is Gaethje going to walk through Tony’s Elbows? How is Tony going to deal with Gaethje’s pressure? We’ve seen Tony get dropped multiple times in prior fights, but the real question is does Justin have it in him to put the lights out. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do know it is going to be one hell of a show. I don’t see Tony losing, so I’ll take him in the late rounds.
I tried to put everything in plain, simple text like I was describing it to my grandma. If my grandma can understand, So can you! If I was a betting man (I am) and I had to put the house on a lock of the night, I think that Francis Ngannou gets the job done. I’m now finishing this blog at 3:00 AM Eastern Time, and I am tired. Hope you’re all not losing your minds, keep the faith. Until next time.