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UFC 249: Ferguson vs Gaethje - May 9 🇺🇸

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I was still worried this event was actually going to happen half an hour ago. I think its finally safe to read Wand's 1st post preview and get excited now.

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Wow. Gaethje just fucking brought it to Ferguson, that was brutal to watch, he just took him apart. Man, we're not gonna get Ferguson vs Khabib, but fuck me if Gaethje can fight like that against Khabib then its gonna be a barn burner.

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1 minute ago, neil said:

Wow. Gaethje just fucking brought it to Ferguson, that was brutal to watch, he just took him apart. Man, we're not gonna get Ferguson vs Khabib, but fuck me if Gaethje can fight like that against Khabib then its gonna be a barn burner.

He was absolutely brilliant to be fair, well deserved. I don't get how Ferguson took that many of those shots, unreal. 

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What a great fight Gaethje is simply a demon to outwork and outpace Ferguson is something special in itself in a ideal world now we get Gaethje vs Khabib and Ferguson vs McGregor 

Ngannou is a bad bad man 

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The main event was full of surprises. I didn't think Gaethje had the gas tank or discipline to produce a performance like that. I also didn't think anyone at lightweight could take that amount of clean shots from Gaethje and remain standing. Ferguson has one of the best chins in the sport's history. 

I can't wait for Khabib vs Gaethje. It was the fight I wanted most at lightweight anyway, and after Gaethje's performance this evening, I am looking forward to it even more so! It will be Khabib's biggest test to date. Gaethje is a tougher style match-up for Khabib than Conor imo. 

McGregor vs Ferguson makes sense and is a very interesting match-up. However, the Gaethje fight surely took a lot out of Ferguson, and at 36 years old, perhaps this is the beginning of his decline. Besides, Dana seems keen on having McGregor challenge Masvidal for the Non-Grappling (BMF) title. 

Overall, a very enjoyable night of fights. 

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I'm not sure if it was the dirty of live shows and the fact I won a little bit of money but I throughly enjoyed that card.

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It's just not meant to be. There was something sadly predictable about Ferguson getting stopped here. However, that performance solidifies Gaethje as a real Don of the division. I thought he buggered it and would gas from the 3rd onwards, seeing how the last minute of the 2nd went but fair play, he listened to his coaches and started picking his shots better. Tony was rolling away from a lot of the power shots in the 2nd but as the fight went on Gaethje was far more accurate. Ferguson was bossed for the remainder.

Cejudo's is supposedly in a contract dispute with UFC so explains his decision a bit more. Still, nice when fighters get out at the top. Early stoppage or not, Cejudo seemed to have the timing of Cruz down from the first second of the fight. He really is something special.

The only issue with the Ngannou fight was his hairline.

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If you didn't watch all the prelims I would advise anyone to go back and watch Luque v Price. A potential FOTY contender.

Price made a big fan out of me in that.

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I put £10 on the SkyBet Special (both Ferguson and Gaethje to be knocked down in the fight 10/1). Watching live and with a head full of beer I could have sworn both were down at some point. However, SkyBet have settled the bet as lost this morning. 
 

Other than the Waterson fight, I thought all the rest delivered. Although I felt the judges got a couple of the decisions wrong. 

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I still think it’s nuts that this went ahead under the circumstances but fuck me that was enjoyable. I saw someone on Twitter last night saying having the UFC back felt like being away from home for an extended period and then finally getting to sleep in your own bed again.

Gaethje vs Ferguson was exciting as everyone expected. What wasn’t expected was how good Gaethje looked. Like Jim said, I never thought Gaethje had this type of performance in him. I thought he could win but I always pictured it as just a crazy war and him landing a KO punch in the madness. He was still throwing fucking bombs but he was more composed than usual and chose his shots more wisely it paid off big time. Aside from the scare at the end of the second round, Gaethje looked sharp as fuck the whole fight. I thought he might fade a bit late but he didn’t, and by then Fergie was battered anyway. Ferguson took a bad beating. 

This was the best Gaethje has ever looked to me. He was more controlled but not to the point of taking away that mad bastard side of him that brought him to the dance. And it’s worth remembering that Ferguson hadn’t lost for 8 years prior to this. A really great win for Gaethje. Gutted that it looks like Khabib vs Ferguson is probably never going to happen but it might be for the best. It’s doomed. Khabib vs Gaethje is a hell of a fight to think about. Really interesting. I’m hoping Ferguson or Masvidal eliminate McGregor from the running altogether. 

Cejudo vs Cruz was really good while it lasted. Wish we got a couple more rounds of it because it was really starting to heat up. Thought Cruz looked good considering the long layoff but coming straight back against the champ was always a big ask. Really disappointed with the result. Not only did I want to see Cejudo lose, it would’ve been such an incredible story if Cruz pulled it off. He was moving well but Cejudo just had him figured out it seemed. That knee that dropped Cruz was a beauty.

The retirement stuff after was weird but less so when you hear he’s having contract issues with the UFC. Straight away when he ‘retired’ Bisping tweeted something like ‘Best contract negotiator ever’. He’ll be back making us all cringe soon enough.

Francis Ngannou can’t be human. That was ridiculous. Rozenstruik is no joke as well. He’s had 80-odd Kickboxing fights and won a bunch of belts, unbeaten in MMA. He’s nowhere near the jobber Big Francis just made him look. He’s still with us, thankfully;

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I don’t know if Stipe vs DC 3 is still happening but Ngannou deserves his shot regardless. The run he’s been on since the losses to Stipe and Lewis is mental. He’s knocked out Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos and now Rozenstruik. In a combined 2:42! With only JDS even lasting a minute. What the fuck? Cormier must’ve sat cageside, looked at that and thanked fuck he’s never going to have to face the wrath of Ngannou. There was something even scarier about the KO in an empty arena as well.

Kattar vs Stephens was fucking awesome. Really got the main card back on the right track. I’ve never warmed to Stephens but he’s been so much fun to watch over the years. Hard to believe he’s still only 33. Feels like he’s been around forever. I like Kattar a lot though. Really think he can be a player at 145. And that elbow! Christ...

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Everyone’s talking about Volk, Holloway, Zombie, Zabit, Yair and Ortega but I think Kattar could be a darkhorse in that mix. I’d love to see Kattar vs Zombie at some point. Kattar vs Barboza would be great as well if Barboza’s 145 debut goes well next week. Featherweight is the dog’s bollocks.

Hardy vs De Castro...I’ve not got a lot to say. Just can’t be arsed with Hardy one bit. His fights are nearly always the shittest thing on any show he’s on. And/or they have some controversy attached. Yet he’ll probably main event next time now. I don’t want to hear about his NFL days ever again. I think everyone knows he was in the NFL by now. Anik was going straight Jim Ross with the football shit at times last night. Fuck Hardy. De Castro started OK as well. Got my hopes up. Then did sod all.

Pettis vs Cerrone 2 was good stuff. Really enjoyed it. Glad we got a proper fight out of it this time. I was always a little bit disappointed we never got a longer fight the first time. This was good. You could tell they hadn’t had a full camp. Pettis looked probably the softest I’ve ever seen him and Cerrone’s timing seemed really off a few times. But it turned into a fun fight and the last round was especially exciting. Seen a few cries of robbery online, which I don’t get. It was close but I definitely had Pettis taking it 29-28.

Werdum vs Oleynik was such a weirdly brilliant fight to watch. I thought Werdum was looking terrible the first round. You could really tell he'd been out of the game for a few years. He couldn’t seem to get anything going and Oleynik was going to town on him with some of the sloppiest yet strangely effective striking I’ve seen. What he lacks in technique he makes up for by just not stopping throwing. I loved the grappling battle when they were down there. Werdum still looked pretty on point there, unsurprisingly.

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Big win for Oleynik. Who’s put together quite an underrated resume over the years. 59-13-1 with wins over Werdum, Hunt, Browne, Cro Cop and Monson. Not to mention all those Ezekiel choke finishes. Not bad at all.

Esparza vs Waterson wasn’t the best. Nothing technically wrong with it but it just felt like a light sparring match most of the time. Finally picked up towards the end of the third but then the buzzer went. Typical. Wasn’t a fan of the decision here. Had Waterson winning myself so was a bit surprised they gave it to Esparza. Scorecards were all over the shop as well with a 30-27 going each way.

Loved Luque vs Price 2. So glad it made the TV bit. It always deserved better than to be stuck on Fight Pass. Really good scrap as expected. Big fan of both and Niko Price has become one of my absolute favourite undercard guys to watch but Luque just proved too much for him. That big left that put Niko down at the end was just vicious.

Didn’t catch the Fight Pass prelims in the end but saw bits of the Bryce Mitchell fight. His ground game is insane. Imagine if he’d pulled off another twister? We went nearly 20 years before we saw a twister finish in the UFC, and this little red neck fuck nearly did it in back-to-back fights. Someone suggested Mitchell vs Kron Gracie on Twitter. I’m down for that.

Cracking show. 

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Brilliant show. I didn't think it should've gone ahead but I thoroughly enjoyed every fight (well, except the Hardy stinker).

Garth.

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I had not a clue the prelims were so stacked. Definitely will check them out.

As much as big Tone losing sucks, Gaethje v Khabib is a shaft slider of a fight. A lot of time for Justin trying to position the fight as the good America boy v Russia post-fight.

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