The interim UFC lightweight championship will be on the line in the main event of UFC 249 tonight, as Tony Ferguson risks his 12-fight winning streak against one of the most feared fighters in the 155-pound weight class, Justin 'The Highlight' Gaethje.
Gaethje will now be the opponent in a fight against Tony Ferguson. In the main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson was planned to take place but on March 30 Khabib Nurmagomedov slated that he was in Dagestan and could be jeopardized by travel bans related to the pandemic.
UFC 249 that was earlier supposed take place on Sat, Apr 18, 2020, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will now go through location calculation due to Coronavirus Pandemic. Dana White noted that he would schedule the event behind the door.
Kabib stated on April 1 that he would unlike be competing at the event due to those restrictions which forced him to stay home. Now he has officially pulled out of the event. Justin Gaethje has taken the replacement.
Ferguson currently holds the record for most consecutive wins in the UFC lightweight division, at twelve since 2012 in May which he lost to Michael Johnson, now there is no one to offset from being a loser. Ferguson had his previous fight against Donald Cerrone on June 8, 2019, at UFC 238. He won the fight via TKO due to a doctor stoppage after Cerrone blew his nose between rounds 2 & 3 which caused his swollen right eye to completely close, rendering him unable to continue.
Gaethje made his debut against Michael Johnson on July 7, at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale. Gaethje won the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the second round through a combination of punches and knees. I would like to tell you that Tony and Gaethje have never been in the fight against each other, it will be the first time for them to be in the Octagon. Gaethje has played 23 matches including 21 win and 2 losses.
So according to the all above information and the concern from experts, we have to a point to pick up Ferguson as the winner for tonight's UFC 249.