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UFC returns this weekend with UFC 249 from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night. At the top of the loaded card we’re ready for, the main event promises an action-packed battle as Tony Ferguson meets Justin Gaethje in an interim lightweight championship fight.
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Ferguson was originally scheduled to meet lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov when the event was scheduled for April 18 in Brooklyn. But the changing times and travel restrictions caused by the pandemic led the event to be delayed and relocated, leaving Nurmagomedov out and landing Gaethje his golden opportunity.
UFC 249 will go on as planned despite news breaking Friday night that Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has tested positive for COVID-19, along with his two cornermen. Souza was seen wearing a mask and gloves throughout the weigh-ins on Friday and kept a distance from his opponent, Uriah Hall, during the faceoffs. The fight has been removed from the card and Souza has already left the city to return home.
Despite losing a good fight between a pair of aging names, this card still carries a ton of weight in terms of marketability and fan-friendly action. Heavyweight sluggers Francis Ngannou and Jair Rozenstruik battle for the likely No. 1 contender’s spot in the division while MMA legends Anthony Pettis and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone look to right the ship in their preliminary main event at welterweight.