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Breaking Down the Heavily Anticipated UFC 249 Card

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC is going to again attempt to give the fight fans what they’ve been longing for. Despite Khabib not headlining the card with Tony Ferguson, this card is STACKED and has a ton of potential to put up some serious numbers. In this article, I’ll break down what to expect for each fight on the main card, and will also include the preliminary main event.

Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje

Personally, I don’t see any way whatsoever that this fight flops. I think what you should expect, is a very technical fight while also being a slugfest. Gaethje will most likely look to attack the legs of Ferguson seeing as how he tore his ACL just days before his last scheduled fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ferguson is known for many things, he’s an outstanding Ju-Jitsu specialist with a stand up game that is just as good, if not better. His wild strikes somehow always have pinpoint accuracy to them. I believe Tony’s arsenal of MMA skills will help him come out on top of this fight.

Henry Cejudo ( C ) vs Dominick Cruz

On a very stacked card, this fight has the potential to win fight of the night. Both of these fighters are arguably 2 of the best bantamweight fighters of all time. After his loss to Cody Garbrandt, Cruz took some much needed time off, and looks to make his return jumping directly into a title fight, rightfully so. On the other hand, Cejudo has been on a tear defending his flyweight title against Tj Dillashaw in a fight that is said to have saved the flyweight division. He then went on to win the Bantamweight title by defeating Marlon Moraes after the belt was stripped from Tj Dillashaw for substance abuse. Cejudo, the Olympic wrestling gold medalist, will most likely look to use his wrestling to control the fight. The fate of this fight solely depends on which Dominick Cruz we see. If the former Dom Cruz shows up, he should have no problem stuffing Cejudo’s takedown attempts and easily walking out with a win like he did against wrestling specialist Uriah Faber.

Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

This fight will look to be a fan favorite for sure. Ngannou, known for his freakish power and insane knockout ability, squares up against a knockout artist like himself. Rozenstruik is undefeated winning 9 of his 10 fights by KO. He has secured knockouts against some big names such as Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski, both former champions and MMA legends. Expect fireworks, expect a finish, because this fight has a small chance of making it all 3 rounds. I would expect a KO or TKO.

Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar

Lucky for us fight fans, another explosive fight to expect. This fight adds depth to an already stacked card. Jeremy Stephens is an absolute tank, he’ll stand across the octagon from Calvin Kattar, a more complete fighter. Kattar is a submission artist,  but has more TKO finishes than submissions. I believe Kattar will stand and trade with Stephens. Whether it’s a KO finish, or a 3 round war, it’ll be an entertaining fight.

Greg Hardy vs Yorgan De Castro

Greg Hardy, the former Dallas Cowboy can’t seem to stay away from controversy. Whether it was the illegal knee, or the inhaler incident, people still have yet to believe Hardy has proved himself. He’s matched up against no easy opponent by any means. De Castro is undefeated and has finished 5 of his 6 fights by KO. Look for De Castro to try to secure the finish early on in the fight.

Donald Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis

This fight is very interesting, and honestly I’m very surprised to see it on the pre-lims. Both fighters suffered their last losses on the same card, Pettis by submission, and Cerrone by TKO. After Cowboys loss to Conor McGregor, the majority said he was washed up. Both fighters have something to prove, that they’re still top level elite fighters. Look for a very technical, yet very exciting fight. History shows Cerrone performs better in fights that have less hype.

Vinnie Plue
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