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UFC 249: Recap

It’s safe to say UFC 249 lived up to the hype. Sports fans around the world tuned in to the first major sporting event since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. The vast majority of sports fans as well as other athletes across several other sports witnessed what may have been the most exciting fight card the organization has put on in the last couple of years. Dana White took a huge win this weekend by putting on such a stacked card knowing fans who may have not watched the sport before would be tuning in. In this article we’ll be breaking down the main card fights, as well as the preliminary main event.

Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis

As expected this fight was a chess match. Both fighters who were desperate for a win fought as technical as they could. The fight was extremely close and there are some who thought Cerrone was robbed of a win. Cerrone has made it clear that he still has gas in the tank, and plans to fight until the organization will no longer let him. This win for Pettis puts him in a good position to work his way back up to being a serious contender.

MAIN CARD

Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro

While some thought De Castro would be looking for the early knockout, he fought on the defensive side for pretty much the entire fight. It was clear Hardy’s height advantage was giving Yorgan trouble in trying to close the distance to land that finishing strike. Hardy took advantage of the height difference and did his best to pick De Castro apart from the outside. The fight went to a decision and Greg Hardy won unanimously with all 3 judges scoring the contest 30-27.

Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar

As expected, this fight was EXPLOSIVE. It was clear early on that both fighters were stepping into the Octagon looking to finish the fight rather than letting it reach the judges decision. Kattar looked as impressive as ever and landed a huge shot that sent Stephens to the canvas. Kattar managed to finish an opponent who weighed in at 5 pounds overweight, but what’s even more impressive is that he’s just the 3rd fighter to KO Stephens in his 46 fights. Kattar put the entire featherweight division on notice with this win.

Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Francis Ngannou made it very clear that Rozenstruik was very wrong to have called him out. Ngannou put on the kind of performance that draws more fans to the sport by knocking Rozenstruik out cold with an absolute bomb in just a few seconds of the very first round. He’s once again demonstrated that he’s one of if not the hardest hitter in the entire organization. Ngannou has lined himself up to fight for the strap. Who his opponent will be has yet to be determined since the current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has been on a lengthy lay-off.

Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz

There are many who thought this would be the toughest test for Cejudo yet, but he appeared to make this one look easy. The majority of the fight was spent feeling each other out. Cejudo was finding a home for his leg kicks and was using them to keep the distance. In a controversial stoppage, Cruz was put away by a knee that sent him to the canvas. Cejudo followed up with several shots on the ground and the fight was stopped with just 2 seconds left in the round when it seemed like Cruz was making his way to his feet. After the fight Cejudo announced his retirement stating that he had been happy with his recent accomplishments and wanted to go out on top. Many speculate that Cejudo’s retirement announcement wasn’t as sincere as it seemed. Only time will tell if we ever see Triple C back in the Octagon.

Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje

In a SHOCKING turn of events, Tony Ferguson was very badly beaten Saturday night. Gaethje looked like he was making a statement by putting on one of the best performances of his entire career. Many thought Tony was looking to tire Gaethje out and go for the finish in the later rounds, but Gaethje put a stop to the thought of that by keeping the pressure on through the entire fight. Gaethje was dropped at the end of the 2nd round but quickly recovered and continued to push forward connecting with pin point accurate shots throughout the rest of the fight. While Ferguson seemed to have absorbed everything Justin threw at him, the pressure became to be too much and the fight was stopped at the end of the 5th round. Ferguson suffered a broken Orbital bone and was sent to the hospital after exiting the cage. With this win, Justin Gaethje will square off against Khabib Nurmagamedov for the lightweight strap. While this creates a conflict of interest being that both fighters are clients of Manager Ali Abdelaziz, Gaethje has made it clear that his goal is to have the real lightweight title strapped around his waste

Vinnie Plue
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