May 9, at the VyStar Veterans Memorial arena in Jacksonville (Florida, USA), will probably be the most unusual and at the same time powerful UFC tournament almost in the entire history of the league. The company made 12 fights, each of which is a separate story, and four or five fights with UFC 249 could well lead some kind of strong non-numbered card of the mixed martial arts tournament.
Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey Light Heavyweight Fight
Fighters like Alvi (experienced, with a name and moderately punched) are very appreciated by the company as examiners for the most interesting beginners of its roster. Spann entered the UFC via the Dan White Contender Series show in the fall of 2018 and has since won three fights. Especially on Ryan’s track record is his early victory over the youngest of the Nogueira brothers. Spann’s closest rival’s statistics are not so impressive: Alvi goes on a series of three defeats and the fourth will surely force the league leadership to think hard about firing the veteran. Sam is unlikely to want to leave the company in which he has been working with varying success for six years, so there is no doubt that super-motivated Alvi will come out against Spann.
Sport is alive! Officially: in May there will be three UFC tournaments. LIVE!
Ferguson and Gatzy will be beaten May 9 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Florida. On May 13 and 16, two more tournaments will take place! Details – at the “Championship”.
Bruce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa Featherweight Fight
Fight Mitchell – Rosa seemed to have been made up of the traces of the previous confrontation: a newcomer with three victories in the UFC has been meeting with a gatekeeper who has been in the league for six years. Perhaps there is a fundamental difference between the first and second battles in the program: if in the Spann-Alvi fight the chances of the second to win are mostly tied to a special mood or luck, then veteran Rosa and newcomer Mitchell are seen as approximately equal rivals in terms of skill and current state. So the first truly interesting and competitive match of UFC 249 is likely to be the second meeting of the evening.
Vicente Luke vs. Nico Price 2, welterweight fight
Until last November, Vicente Luca, the 13th ranking number from Brazil, led a series of six welterweight victories and was seriously counting on getting into the elite group of the main contenders of the division. The last step in the top 10 for the Silent Assassin was to become a victory over former two-time challenger for the title Stephen Thompson, but Vanderboy did not take offense by shooting Luke in three rounds. At a tournament in Jacksonville, Vicente will try to close that defeat in a fight with local Nico Price, whom he already defeated in 2017 with a strangulation. Initially, when UFC 249 was still to be held in Brooklyn, Price was going to fight with Russian Muslim Salikhov, but in the end, on the most distressed show of the best league in the world in recent years there will be only one representative of our country – Alexey Oleinik, who lives 400 km from the venue event.
The fighter knocked out an opponent lying on his back. Unique kick
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Juraia Hall vs. Ronaldo Jacare Souza, middleweight bout
Yuraya Hall never became a UFC superstar, although he was predicted to have a unique career since the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter, in the final of which he lost to Calvin Gastelum in 2013. But Ronaldo Jacquard Souze, despite all his efforts, did not manage to successfully transfer to the light heavyweight – the Pole Jan Blahovich was too huge for the star of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In general, the fourth fight in the UFC 249 program can be called, to some extent, a sort of shotgun derby, in which the rivals will try to prove that each of them is still worthy to remain in the cage of the best people in the middle division.
Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Watterson, Strawweight fight
The first UFC champion in the straw weight in the history of Karl Esparza has gained a great shape and is now on a series of two victories. In a duel with a dangerous but unstable karate, Michelle Watterson Esparza will certainly bet on her fight and the ability to hold choking and painful techniques. And if something from Carla’s arsenal works, then we will probably soon see her in a fight with the current champion Zhang Weili.
Alexey Oleinik vs. Fabriceu Werdum, heavyweight fight
In the middle of UFC 249, there was a battle between two, possibly the best heavyweights in terms of grappling in the history of sports. Aleksey Oleinik and Fabriceu Werdum won 57 matches by surrendering an opponent, and 46 of them were Russian, but the Brazilian in his career “strangled” and “broke” such legends as Fedor Emelianenko, Kane Velazquez and Antonio Nogueira. It is also worth noting that Werdum has just served a disqualification, which he received in the fall of 2018, when he was caught with “dirty” doping tests. A long downtime can affect the fighter in different ways, and in the case of Fabrice, it is also worth considering the old age of the Brazilian (42 years). However, Oleynik is not going to underestimate the opponent in any case, and for us this is a good sign.
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Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone 2 Lightweight Fight
A chic poster with two lightweight legends, which, unfortunately, has been spoiled a little by the statistics of fighters recently. In the liabilities of Pettis, two defeats in a row, and Cerrone completely lost the last three fights. And yet, despite the difficult period in the career of both, fans will certainly be happy to see the two coolest cutters of their generation. Especially when you consider that Showtime and Cowboy have a history of confrontation: in 2013, Pettis “killed” Cerrone with a kick in the hull, thanks to which he entered the battle for the belt, and later became the champion. Oh, how long has it been …
Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro, heavyweight bout
Promising new-wave heavyweights Greg Hardy and Jorgan De Castro made it to the UFC via Dana White’s Contender Series last year. All. This is where their similarities end. De Castro maintains an ideal record (9-0), has a spectacular knockout victory over Justin Tafa and, as a whole, accurately leads his career without particularly reporting on the news. As for Hardy, his story over the past year even managed to get pretty fed up. The former American football player moved to MMA amidst a big scandal: Greg’s wife claimed the athlete to the police for domestic violence, which had a very bad effect on the reputation of a healthy man. And you have to give credit to Hardy, how he can try to get people to reconsider his attitude to himself: he fights five times a year, enters the octagon with the best category fighters on a short notice and always tries to win his fights ahead of schedule. If this goes on, then sooner or later people will stop recalling Greg his dirty past, and his name will only be associated with battles.
Jeremy Stevens vs. Calvin Cattar Featherweight
If the main event of the evening featuring Ferguson and Gatgy does not receive the award for the best fight of the evening, then the bonus will most likely go to Stevens and Cattaru. In the lightweight top, it’s hard to imagine a more spectacular confrontation: both Jeremy and Calvin always go into the octagon with only one goal – to beat the opponent as hard as possible. Both Stevens and Kattar lost their last fights, and Jeremy has a series of three defeats. So the fourth match from the end promises us a bright and truly evil sight.
Francis Ngannu vs. Jairzinho Rosenstrike, Heavyweight Fight
The two most dangerous heavyweight knockouts were supposed to meet in a cage on March 28 in the main fight of the evening at the UFC on Fox in Columbus, but the tournament, like all other sports events on the planet at that time, was canceled. As a result, Ngannu and Rosenstriuk were put in third place in importance at UFC 249, which once again proves how cool the show in Florida on May 9 will be. If it takes place, of course … Francis and Jairzinho, without a doubt, are preparing to challenge the title of the main challenger of heavy weight, and the second even asked for their fight status for the fight for a temporary title. The company ignored this offer, but to do the same as the winner of the meeting of the second and sixth candidates of heavy weight will not work. There is practically no doubt that the victor of the Ngannu-Rosenstrike battle will certainly fight for the title “The Most Dangerous Man on the Planet” before the end of this year.
Rosenstrike fought on the football field, shook the term, and now knocks everyone in the UFC
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Dominic Cruz vs. Henry Sehudo, bantamweight title fight
The first title confrontation of the evening will be a duel for the champion belt in the category up to 61 kg between the owner of this belt Henry Sehudo and the former king of the lightest division Dominic Cruz. Initially, the legendary Jose Aldo was supposed to make Sehudo’s company in the octagon, but the Brazilian was stuck in his homeland without the opportunity to fly to the US on time, so the company called on him to replace another honored veteran.
Cruz has not been in the octagon for more than three years, and in the last match lost the very belt that Sehudo now owns, not yet broken by Cody Garbrandt. After that defeat, Dominic repeatedly tried to return to the battles, but every time injuries interfered. Now Dominator has the opportunity to get even with his fate and become the first three-time UFC champion in history.
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Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gagey, interim title fight
The highlight of the tournament will be a bantamweight fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gatzy. This fight is ideal for a tournament of this scale. Yes, we all dreamed of seeing another man on May 10, Moscow time, in the octagon with Ferguson – Khabib Nurmagomedov. But let’s be honest, Oryol is not the most spectacular fighter, and in a duel with a savage like El Kukuy, a Russian would probably try to act even more accurately than in most of his victorious fights.
But Gatgi is a character of a completely different plan. Justin seriously claims that it’s better to lose by knockout than to win a boring victory by the decision of the judges – and such a man the matchmakers put against Ferguson! Yes, this fight, if none of the guys fly away in the early knockout, in its cruelty, entertainment and bloodthirstiness can and should become unique in its own way. Therefore, fans who are sure that Dana White cried a pillow, grieving for the next breakdown of the Habib-Ferguson fight, are very mistaken. Probably, the president of the UFC will receive from the current situation even more than what he dared to dream of initially.
If Gatgy and Ferguson staged a spectacle worthy of revenge, then Nurmagomedov could be paralleled in an octagon with Georges Saint-Pierre or arranged for him to revenge with Conor McGregor. Either of these two options will provide the UFC with huge profits, and the reality of this development has recently been confirmed by manager of the Russian champion Ali Abdel-Aziz.