How great is it to have some sort of sports back on television!? Let’s take a look at my UFC 249 results and takeaways. UFC 249 was held at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, and was broadcasted live and held without fans. But that did not matter as these fighters put on one hell of a show for us at home!!
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
First off what a performance by Ferguson’s chin!! He would take a beating all fight until round 5 when the ref called the fight after a jab to his face. His legs were bruised, his face was bleeding, and Gaethje had the fight of his career. He dominated every round and now sets up a fight to unify the interim belt with the Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz
The pace in this fight, like all fights below lightweight, was very quick, and to see Cejudo focus on leg kicks early on you knew his gameplan was to try to slow down Cruz’s speed so he could go for the ground and pound. What happened was Cejudo caught Cruz with a knee to the face in round 2 and after 11 straight punches, the ref called for stoppage even though Cruz was on his way up. Everyone was questioning the stoppage at the time he stopped it but the decision is a decision so 2nd round TKO for Triple C. Next up for Cejudo is retirement since he announced that after the fight. He has devoted his life since 11 to wrestling and MMA and he wants to start a family with his new woman. IF this winds up being true the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions will now be up in the air for new champions.
Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
As much as I was hyped about this fight going into the night, there’s really nothing much to be said considering it only lasted 20 seconds. With a furious left hand, Francis Ngannou laid waste to Rozenstruik in the 1st round and continued his path of destruction in the heavyweight division. What’s up next for him is likely up in the air. Ngannou has shown his frustration over Stipe not fighting during the pandemic and after that Stipe having a fight with Daniel Cormier first. I could see him taking a fight with Derrick Lewis just to get revenge for one of his only 2 losses and killing time while he waits in line for a title shot.
Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar
This fight started out pretty even for the first round but just like in the co-main event Stephens made a mistake and was knocked out. Kattar wins in the second round via TKO. This likely ends Stephens tenor in UFC and for his next fight, I can see Calvin Kattar going up against Josh Emmett. A win there could move him into the top 5 fight of the division.
Greg Hardy vs Yorgon De Castro
This was the only fight to go the distance and we saw this fight dramatically change after the first round. In round 1 De Castro was using his leg kicks to perfection and Hardy was having a hard time getting going. But after a missed kick attempt something happened to De Castro’s leg and he wasn’t able to fight the same way again. Hardy took advantage of the limitations of De Castro and took his time with kicks and punches. He controlled the octagon and won by decision. I could see Hardy fighting a guy like Aleksei Oleinik next to move up in competition but still be back enough to get some fights under his belt and reps in before entering murderers row of the heavyweight division.
UFC 249 was incredible and I am looking forward to UFC being back consistently. I would like to give out an award to Tony Ferguson’s chin for allowing him to last as long as he did in the main event.