UFC 249 results: Justin Gaethje rocks Tony Ferguson in dominant upset win

first_imgJustin Gaethje pummeled Tony Ferguson in their UFC 249 interim lightweight slugfest Saturday night, not letting up until he was crowned victorious over his bloody opponent in the middle of the fifth round.Gaethje, who stepped into the fight because Khabib Nurmagomedov was unable to participate, shook Ferguson in the early going with a series of powerful left hooks. He took a tough uppercut to the chin in the second round that caused a brief wobble, but as the bout continued, he avoided serious trouble while wearing down Ferguson. Gaethje declined the interim title belt he had just earned, saying he would wait for the real one.Justin Gaethje tossed aside the interim lightweight title belt he won at #UFC249″I’ll wait for the real one.” pic.twitter.com/GBxD1RUemj— ESPN (@espn) May 10, 2020Earlier in the evening, Henry Cejudo defeated Dominick Cruz by TKO to win the bantamweight title. Cejudo, 33, announced his retirement from the UFC after his win.Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from UFC 249, including the Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje main event and the rest of the fight card.MORE: Francis Ngannou KOs Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 secondsUFC 249 live updates, results from main card(All times Eastern)Justin Gaethje def. Tony Ferguson by TKO1:02 a.m.: GAETHJE WINS BY TKO. An accumulation of hits finally gets to Ferguson.Gaethje refuses to take the interim title. “I’ll wait for the real one,” he tells Rogan.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 10, 2020JUSTIN GAETHJE WITH THE ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHT TONIGHT!🏆 @Justin_Gaethje with a championship level performance in the biggest fight of his career! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/FyyXZYBVG0— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 20201 a.m.: Gaethje just needs to avoid catastrophe over the final three minutes of the round to win. He’s been dominant.12:57 a.m.: End of the fourth round. Somehow, Ferguson is still standing.This has been nothing short of a brilliant performance by Justin Gaethje through four rounds. Damn entertaining to watch.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 10, 202012:55 a.m.: Gaethje rocks Ferguson again, and that one might have stuck. Ferguson really wobbled there.12:51 a.m.: End of the third round. Despite stumbling from that second-round uppercut, Gaethje has been the better fighter tonight. Hit Ferguson with so many nice left-handed counters.12:49 a.m.: Gaethje is stepping up the pressure once again. Ferguson’s face is a mess.👊💥😱How is Ferguson still standing after this massive right from @Justin_Gaethje?! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/Ow1Qdb3cNQ— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 202012:48 a.m.: Ferguson has some swelling around one of his eyes, which could increasingly impair his vision as this fight progresses.12:45 a.m.: Now Ferguson lands a huge punch! A nasty uppercut to the chin. That’s how the second round ends. This is a good one so far.DROPPED! 😱@TonyFergusonXT with a HUGE uppercut to close R2! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/qRhkhlcHTs— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 202012:44 a.m.: Ferguson is eating shots to his face that would put others to sleep. Can he keep eating them long enough to tire Gaethje?12:42 a.m.: Gaethje has the clear advantage right now.12:39 a.m.: End of the first round. Two hard left hooks in quick succession from Gaethje give him the momentum.AS ADVERTISED. 😤@TonyFergusonXT and @Justin_Gaethje swinging from the get-go! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/MUWJDDjKaT— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 202012:37 a.m.: Gaethje is swinging big in this first round. He’s landed a couple of those punches and shown his knockout intentions.12:33 a.m.: The final fight of the night is underway.12:25 a.m.: Ferguson and Gaethje make their entrances.Henry Cejudo def. Dominick Cruz by TKO12:15 a.m.: Cejudo announces his retirement following his victory.Triple C out. 🏆🏅🏆@HenryCejudo #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/9iPPLTkb1h— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 202012:10 a.m.: Cejudo knocks Cruz over with a knee straight to Cruz’s head and follows with a series of punches that leads the ref to stop the action. Cejudo retains his title. The decision to end things there was somewhat controversial.Cejudo (-200) catches Cruz with a knee❗️He hands Dominick Cruz his first loss at the 135lb class.pic.twitter.com/fyanddfrU1— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) May 10, 2020Flyweight title defended ✅Bantamweight title defended ✅DON’T. DOUBT. @HenryCejudo! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/dS4HhehUFZ— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020There’s a stoppage we’re probably going to argue about. But you can see what the ref was thinking there. Cejudo dropped Cruz with that knee and was jacking him with punches with no real response from Cruz.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) May 10, 2020Henry Cejudo stops him in the second!!! Mannnnn … Dominick Cruz was hurt but looked like he was still moving a bit. Referee could have let it go, but it’s not egregious he stopped it. Not egregious at all.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 10, 2020WOW! Cejudo stops Cruz! That stoppage was AWFUL.— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) May 10, 202012:08 a.m.: A cut opens up on Cejudo’s forehead after his head comes together with Cruz.12:06 a.m.: Cejudo keeps chopping away with leg kicks. Nothing devastating yet, though.12:02 a.m.: End of the first round. Strong work from Cejudo so far.Midnight: Cejudo withstands a high knee and momentarily takes down Cruz with a nice counter.11:58 p.m.: Lots of dancing in the opening minute. First connection doesn’t come until the point the previous fight on this card was already over.11:57 p.m.: The first round between Cejudo and Cruz is underway.11:45 p.m.: Time for some bantamweight title fun. The fighters are making their entrances.First walk for Dominick Cruz in 1,226 days— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 10, 2020Francis Ngannou def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by KO11:33 p.m.: IT’S OVER RIGHT AWAY. NGANNOU STUNS ROZENSTRUIK IN 20 SECONDS.At this point anyone that agrees to step into an octagon with Francis Ngannou is certifiably insane pic.twitter.com/5tMRxjzQBg— George Balekji (@GeorgeBalekji) May 10, 2020Yooooo who is trying fight that man!?!?! @francis_ngannou #UFC249— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) May 10, 2020Ngannou: When I heard he called me out, I knew that he didn’t know what he’s doing. He has a lot of potential, but I think he has to take a step back and then get ready before fighting against someone like me #UFC249— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 10, 2020DC knows. 😳@DC_MMA #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/wDm0qKUPog— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 202011:23 p.m.: One more clash of heavyweights before our pair of title fights. Will we get another knockout?Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik up next. This damn fight absolutely cannot go the distance. #UFC249— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) May 10, 2020Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens by KO11:08 p.m.: Kattar wins by second-round KO! Got him with the elbow.😨 #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/HibHd2kILX— ESPN (@espn) May 10, 2020Those elbows by Calvin Kattar 😳 pic.twitter.com/3y0YvxL1xb— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) May 10, 2020CALVIN KATTAR GETS IT DONE! 😤@CalvinKattar closes the show in the second! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/cQtDkij5UI— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 202011:03 p.m.: End of the first round.11:02 p.m. Stephens lands a crushing kick to the leg. Kattar lands a powerful right hand to the face.🍀 Kattar lands a HUGE right as these two waste no [email protected] #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/KFtpgh8zRk— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 202011:01 p.m.: Stephens has been the aggressor so far as the fighters feel each other out.10:57 p.m.: The second contest of the main card is underway.Greg Hardy def. Yorgan de Castro by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)10:41 p.m.: Hardy wins by unanimous decision. De Castro showed very little after the first round. He says he injured his foot.Shout out @DC_MMA playing the commentator/coach role tonight! 🎤@GregHardyJr #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/qmzOgfA2H2— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 202010:40 p.m.: End of third round. This will come down to a judges’ decision.10:38 p.m.: De Castro slips and Hardy gives him the business for about 30 seconds with a steady drum of punches to the legs.10:35 p.m.: Hardy comes out of the break with a huge right-handed swing. De Castro is trying to follow instructions from his corner to keep up his kicks to Hardy’s weakened lower body.10:34 p.m.: End of second round.10:32 p.m.: De Castro is sitting back more in the second round. Unclear if it’s strategic or if he’s hurt. (UPDATE: It appears he was hurt.)De Castro complains of a broken foot. #UFC249 as Greg Hardy wins by decision. pic.twitter.com/uaehtsoXfM— Mario Yamasaki (@refyamasaki) May 10, 202010:28 p.m.: End of the first round. Both fighters took damage, but Hardy’s left leg might have received the most significant blow. These guys have a stupid amount of power behind each swing. It wouldn’t be surprising if one finds a knockout soon.Yikes. 😬#UFC249 pic.twitter.com/odJ5QRZ5zM— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Heavy hands being thrown by @DecastroYorgan and @GregHardyJr 😯Stream #UFC249 on ESPN+ ▶️ https://t.co/xGtn2vMNl0 pic.twitter.com/9W5gbSizNl— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 10, 202010:27 p.m.: Some frenetic action late in the first round brings Hardy into the fight. He’d taken multiple strikes to the legs without responding before landing a couple of shots up high.10:22 p.m.: The first round is underway!10:16 p.m.: These empty arena walkouts are going to feel weird all night.10:10 p.m.: The main card will get underway soon following several entertaining preliminary contests. Hardy vs. De Castro will be up first.Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje undercard resultsAnthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)The third round of that fight was crazy. Cerrone was undeterred after being poked in the eye, and Pettis somehow stayed on his feet after taking a kick to his face. Pettis claims victory over a competitor he’s built a strong relationship with over the past decade.Just a couple of OGs huggin’ it out #[email protected] 🤝 @Showtimepettis pic.twitter.com/09jGpRRiWi— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 10, 2020🗣️ “I’ll take it!”@ShowtimePettis with the UD to make it 2-0 in the series! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/AuMWFH7Tbw— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Two gunslingers swinging it out! 💥@ShowtimePettis and @CowboyCerrone giving us a show! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/viibyoxGFg— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Pettis stopping Cowboy in his tracks with the counter right! 👊@ShowtimePettis #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/3rbEYVSa1g— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Some razzle dazzle by @Showtimepettis, but @Cowboycerrone turned it into a takedown 😏Stream #UFC249 on ESPN+ ▶️ https://t.co/xGtn2vMNl0 pic.twitter.com/XKsNnWkPM0— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 10, 2020Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Credit to Werdum for recovering from a poor start, but the judges determine his third-round rally didn’t quite make up for his early struggles.The Boa Constrictor! 🐍🇷🇺 @OleynikUFC gets the nod at #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/eg2tKxKtJD— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020🇧🇷 Werdum taking it to Oleinik as we come down the [email protected] #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/ix8jtsMXDC— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Not just a submission artist…@OleynikUFC is throwing BOMBS! 💣#UFC249 pic.twitter.com/YUzMxQ12wt— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)Waterson appeared surprised by the decision after a neck-and-neck battle.Get the cookies ready! 🍪@CarlaEsparza1 gets the split decision to make it three straight! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/Hcu27it2rR— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Vicente Luque def.  Niko Price by TKOHeck of a fight there. Price landed some big-time blows, including an early kick to Luque’s face, and started the third round in control. Luque landed the decisive strike, though, with a late hook that sent his opponent to the ground.NIKO PRICE’S EYE 😳Stream #UFC249 on ESPN+ ➡️ https://t.co/uIC7AqOEfU pic.twitter.com/xkMcLSDv7t— ESPN (@espn) May 10, 2020DROPPED! 👊@VicenteLuqueMMA putting Price down in the third! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/lTPVOJjIEW— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Did you really expect anything else from these [email protected] @NikoHybridPrice #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/Xqi1iNw0Gj— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020These boys [email protected] @NikoHybridPrice #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/xptMQEEh45— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)30-25. 30.25. 30-24. 😳@ThugNastyMMA really left NO DOUBT. #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/AdPQrasE15— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020Unofficially, Bryce Mitchell (@ThugNastyMMA) earned 13:59 of ground control time in 15 minutes against Charles Rosa tonight. #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/22nIx0wc7T— UFC News (@UFCNews) May 10, 2020Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Superman takes the split!👊 @Superman_Spann #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/Gmg1Vh4Qpc— UFC (@ufc) May 9, 2020What time does UFC 249 start tonight?Date: Saturday, May 9UFC 249 time: 6:30 p.m. ET | 3:30 p.m. PTMain card:10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PTFerguson vs. Gaethje: 12:15 a.m. ET (approx.)Fight fans are in for a big night of action Saturday with 11 bouts over a span of more than six hours. The preliminary fights are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the main card at 10 p.m. ET.Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje are expected to step into the Octagon shortly after midnight ET to close out the night in style, in a matchup that will determine the interim lightweight title.MORE: UFC 249 betting odds, advice for Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje card UFC 249 fight cardMain cardTony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight titleFrancis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik; heavyweightsJeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar; featherweightsGreg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro; heavyweightsPreliminary cardDonald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis; welterweightsAleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum; heavyweightsCarla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson; women’s strawweightsEarly preliminary cardVicente Luque vs. Niko Price; welterweightsBryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa; featherweightsRyan Spann vs. Sam Alvey; light heavyweightslast_img

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