Justin Gaethje delivered the performance of his life vs. Tony Ferguson to win the interim lightweight title and a chance for the undisputed belt vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. Gaethje’s reckless ways of the past were long gone as the rising star stayed poised over four and half rounds to catch Ferguson with 143 significant strikes en route to the belt.
In the co-main event, the self-proclaimed “King of Cringe” Henry Cejudo finished former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in the second round with a knee to the jaw followed up by several unanswered punches to the head. Cejudo then shocked viewers post-fight when he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts saying he’s happy with his career.
UFC 249 main event full results
Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO (elbow strikes) at 2:42 of Round 2
UFC 249 prelims results
Aleksei Oleink def. Fabricio Werdum via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)
Early prelims results
Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-25 x 2, 30-24)
Ryan Span def. Sam Alvey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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