The UFC is back!!! After weeks of uncertainty, we are finally getting some good old-fashioned cage fighting. While these fights might not have the ideal circumstances, we're getting some pretty sick cards. UFC 249 has about nine main event caliber bouts throughout the card. So let's give our picks and some predictions.

MAIN CARD (PPV) 

Interim Lightweight Title Bout

Tony 'El Cucuy' Ferguson Vs. Justin 'The Highlight' Gaethje

This has Fight of the Year written all over it. This matchup promises pure violence and chaos. Both guys have the tools to end the fight—Justin early, Tony in the later rounds. Both like to push the pace, but get hit more than they should. That’s why they’re the main event. Very much a 50/50 fight. 

Who will bleed first? Will it go to the ground? How good is Justin's jiu-jitsu? Can Tony take Justin's shots?

The winner of this fight gets a shot at Khabib for the Lightweight strap. 

Joseph’s Pick: Ferguson by TKO

Ryan’s Pick:  Gaethje KO


Bantamweight Title Bout

Henry 'Triple C' Cejudo Vs. Dominick Cruz 

Henry Cejudo’s first title defense at 135 has had its controversy, especially when it was gonna be versus Jose Aldo Jr. His new challenger is a familiar face at Bantamweight—Dominick Cruz.  

We really want Cruz to win, and he very well could. We just think Triple C will end up getting ahold of Cruz, and being too much to handle, especially after the layoff. Yes, Cruz beat TJ after years off, but that was a razor thin fight. 

This fight is for Bantamweight GOAT status.  

Joseph’s Pick: Cejudo by decision

Ryan’s Pick:  Cejudo by decision


Heavyweight Bout 

Francis 'The Predator' Ngannou  Vs. Jairzinho 'Bigi Boy' Rozenstruik 

The people’s main event. This is a classic clash of Heavyweight titans—two giants with KO power in each hand locked in a cage. 

We love both of these guys, but Francis is the future champion at HW, and is on a mission for his rematch with Stipe. We don’t see this fight going passed the first round. 

Joseph’s Pick: Francis by KO

Ryan’s Pick:  Francis by KO


Featherweight Bout  

Jeremy 'Lil Heathen' Stephens Vs. Calvin 'The Boston Finisher' Kattar  

Joseph’s Pick: Kattar by decision

Ryan’s Pick: Kattar by decision


Heavyweight Bout  

Greg Hardy Vs. Yorgan De Castro

Joseph’s Pick: De Castro by decision

Ryan’s Pick: Hardy by TKO


PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN)

Welterweight Bout  

Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone Vs. Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis 

Joseph’s Pick: Pettis by decision

Ryan’s Pick: Pettis by decision


Heavyweight Bout  

Alexey 'The Boa Constrictor' Oleynik Vs. Fabrício 'Vai Cavalo' Werdum  

Joseph’s Pick: Werdum by decision

Ryan’s Pick: Werdum by decision


Strawweight Bout  

Carla 'Cookie Monster' Esparza Vs. 'The Karate Hottie' Michelle Waterson 

Joseph’s Pick: Waterson by decision

Ryan’s Pick: Esparza by decision


Welterweight Bout  

Vicente 'The Silent Assassin' Luque Vs. Niko 'The Hybrid' Price (14-3) 

Joseph’s Pick: Luque by TKO

Ryan’s Pick: Luque by TKO

  

EARLM PRELIM CARD (ESPN+)

Featherweight Bout

Bryce' Thug Nasty' Mitchell Vs. Charles Rosa  

Joseph’s Pick: Mitchell by decision

Ryan’s Pick: Mitchell by TKO

 

Light Heavyweight Bout 

Ryan 'Superman' Spann Vs. 'Smilin'' Sam Alvey 

Joseph’s Pick: Alvey by KO

Ryan’s Pick: Spann by TKO

About the author 

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