The headliner of the UFC’s first card in about two months is presently official.
Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje both made weight Friday morning in Jacksonville, Florida, for their UFC 249 between time lightweight title session. The two warriors tipped the scales at 155 pounds.
The card is planned for Saturday night before no fans at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Friday morning’s weigh-ins occurred with social removing conventions set up due to the coronavirus pandemic, some portion of a more extensive arrangement by the UFC and nearby authorities this week.
Ferguson versus Gaethje was at first booked for April 18, yet that card at Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, California, was rejected when the UFC was approached to “remain down” by administrators from communicate accomplice ESPN. Gaethje is filling in for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who should guard his lightweight title against Ferguson yet needed to stay at home in Dagestan, Russia, on account of movement bans.
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Ferguson (26-3) is on a UFC lightweight record 12-battle series of wins. The California local has won his previous three battles by means of finish and is thought of – like Gaethje – to be one of the most energizing warriors on the planet. Ferguson, 36, is a previous between time champ and is as of now ESPN’s No. 6 pound-for-pound MMA warrior.
Gaethje (21-2) has won three straight, all by means of KO/TKO. The Arizona local is a previous World Series of Fighting lightweight hero and has earned seven battle night rewards in six UFC sessions because of his energizing style. Gaethje, 31, is ESPN’s No. 4-positioned MMA lightweight.
The co-headliner contenders additionally came in on weight Friday. Henry Cejudo weighed 135 pounds for his UFC bantamweight title barrier against Dominick Cruz, who likewise weighed 135 pounds.
Cejudo (15-2) is ESPN’s No. 3-positioned pound-for-pound warrior. The 33-year-old Arizona occupant is one of just seven contenders to hold UFC titles in two distinct divisions and is a previous Olympic wrestling gold medalist. Cruz (22-2) has not battled since Dec. 30, 2016, yet is viewed as maybe the best MMA bantamweight ever. The 35-year-old San Diego local won 13 of every a column somewhere in the range of 2008 and 2016 and is a double cross 135-pound champion.
Francis Ngannou (261.5 pounds) and Jairzinho Rozenstruik (260 pounds) each made load for their potential heavyweight title eliminator.
Jeremy Stephens came in overweight for his featherweight battle against Calvin Kattar, weighing 150.5 pounds. An assurance on if that battle will continue was not accessible Friday morning.