Updated May 9, 2020: ESPN is reporting that fighter Ronaldo Souza has tested positive for coronavirus, so his fight against Uriah Hall (16-9) has been cancelled. UFC 249 is expected to go on with 11 fights.
"Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, who was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, has tested positive for the coronavirus."
"The UFC pulled Souza from the card but still plans to move on with the rest of the pay-per-view event, the UFC said in a statement on Friday night, adding that two of Souza's cornermen also tested positive."
"The UFC, meanwhile, has conferred with Florida state athletic officials, who said the fights can go on as scheduled because the system worked in Souza's case.
MMA fans — and sports fans in general — have a hunger. Live sports have been missing from stadiums, arenas, and TV screens since the entire world upside down over the last few months. Now, after a few false starts, the UFC is planning to return to fill that void, but this event is going to be different than the original UFC 249. The event has changed locations several times, and will be held in Florida with no fans in attendance.
The current Lightweight Champion and superstar is off the card due to travel restrictions. However this event is expected to continue with an interim Lightweight title fight, and a fight card beefed up with a headline fight from a cancelled event. See these matches as part of a full night of fights easily with UFC 249 Pay-Per-View featuring Ferguson vs. Gaethje in the ESPN app.
Here's what you need to know.
- What is UFC 249?
- How much will UFC 249 cost?
- How to order UFC 249
- UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje preview
- How to see UFC 249 Prelims
- How to watch UFC 249 with a VPN outside of the United States
- How to watch UFC 249 on your devices
- UFC 246 schedule and fight cards
- UFC 249 livestream
What is UFC 249?
UFC 249 is the latest major MMA event from the biggest promotion in the sport. It could also mark a return to action of one major live professional sport after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to cancelled events and postponed seasons. UFC 249 is planned to broadcast live on Saturday, May 9, from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
UFC 249 will be a split-broadcast event available with cards on ESPN+, ESPN and PPV, so you will need multiple subscriptions and logins to see everything in the ESPN app. The Prelims come first at 6 p.m. Eastern on both ESPN and ESPN+. Finally, the Main Card will be on at 10 p.m. as a PPV via ESPN+, headlined by Ferguson vs. Gaethje.
UFC pay-per-view events are now available exclusively on ESPN+. The streaming sports service is packed with additional UFC content, including regular UFC Fight Night events, Dana White's Contender Series, UFC Post Shows, and exclusive analysis on "Ariel and the Bad Guy". If you aren't sure what is needed so you can watch UFC 249 PPV on ESPN+, here's a breakdown to help.
How much will UFC 249 Pay Per View cost?
If you are new to ESPN+, you can get a special offer of UFC 249 PPV and a full year subscription to ESPN+ for only $84.98.
If you already have a monthly ESPN+ subscription, you can upgrade to an annual plan to bundle UFC 249 PPV and a full year subscription to ESPN+ for only $84.98.
If you already have any ESPN+ subscription or get ESPN+ through the Disney+ bundle, you can choose to only purchase UFC 249 PPV for only $64.99.
New & monthly subscribers can both save big by combining UFC 249 PPV and a one year plan for ESPN+
New subscribers and current subscribers on monthly plans can choose a special offer with months of sports to enjoy. The deal combines an annual subscription to ESPN+, which usually costs $49.99 a year, with UFC 249 PPV for $84.98. This gives new and monthly subscribers a big savings on this sports streaming service compared to the regular prices. That subscription includes a full year of live UFC Fight Nights, which are set to resume after UFC 249 according to UFC President Dana White.
Once other sports resume, ESPN+ will also have Top Rank Boxing cards, daily games from MLB & NHL, a full slate of MLS games, college sports, and so much more.
How to order UFC 249 Pay-Per-View
For new subscribers, ESPN makes it easy to buy UFC 249 PPV on the event page of ESPN+. Just create an account and purchase this event on your computer. Then login with that account on a streaming device to activate the PPV in the ESPN app.
If you already subscribe to ESPN+, you can buy the UFC 249 PPV Main Event either at the event page or on the streaming devices you use to watch all the action. This feature is available on the ESPN app for TV platforms, and only takes a few taps on your remote.
Both new and existing subscribers have the option to buy UFC 249 early. Normally you don't want to miss part of the event waiting to pick a new password or your purchase to process. It is quick and easy to sign up now and then sign in on your devices before the event.
In these extraordinary times, there is still a chance things change again before May 9. Keep an eye here for any new information as you plan for this big fight night. If you are ready to take care of ordering UFC 249 ahead of time, you can then shift your focus to the fights and the snacks instead!
UFC 249 Ferguson vs. Gaethje — The Main Event Preview
Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson (26-3) is the number one contender in the UFC Lightweight division, and this main event was originally set as his big shot at the current champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. With the COVID-19 virus affecting countries around the world, travel has been heavily restricted and as a result Khabib will not be able to leave his home country of Russia. However the show is going to go on, and the UFC plans to keep Ferguson in the main event. This fight will be for the interim Lightweight title, which will hopefully ensure a fight with Khabib once things return to normal, assuming he wins.
Ferguson is a versatile fighter, with a background in wrestling, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, and other sports disciplines as well. He earned his way into the major promotion by competing on The Ultimate Fighter reality show, winning in the Finale and scoring a full contract. Ferguson has only had one loss in the UFC, in a 2012 fight against Michael Johnson that went the distance. Don't expect this one to go to the judges tho, as Ferguson has stopped fights early in seven of his last nine bouts. Can he tap out Gaethje to keep his promised match with Khabib?
Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje (21-2) is the fourth ranked contender among UFC Lightweights, and he is being an absolute gamer by taking this fight on such short notice. These are unusual times, as it's not everyday the UFC needs to replace a top champion and number two pound-for-pound fighter in a Pay-Per-View main event. Gaethje fits well for the assignment, however, considering his last fight was back in September of 2019. He beat Cowboy Cerrone at a UFC Fight Night main event then, so he should be fighting on short rest. Gaethje has earned with Performance of the Night or Fight of the Night in every one of his UFC fights, going 4-2. You can count on "The Highlight" to bring the action to Ferguson and make this an exciting fight.
UFC 249 has more for MMA fans than just one big main event fight. This event also includes another giant UFC title fight, as UFC Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo defends his belt against Dominick Cruz. Cejudo was originally scheduled in the main event of UFC 250, but with all the schedule changes, it was combined into UFC 249 to add an extra appeal.
Cejudo has been a two division champ until recently, carrying both this Bantamweight as well as the Flyweight title. He was originally going to defend this title against José Aldo, but Aldo is having issues getting into the US. Cruz is a former UFC champion, but he hasn't fought since 2016 and he is currently unranked. Still, this battle between champ and legend should have plenty of drama and action.
How to get UFC 249 Prelims on ESPN
ESPN networks owns over 10 different channels, but the UFC 249 Prelims will be on ESPN as well as ESPN+. This isn't your normal Prelims, as ESPN and the UFC have combined the typical Prelims and Early Prelims cards into one super sized televised event. This Prelims Card includes seven tough fights including a fight between two popular names in the Welterweight and Lightweight divisions, as Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (36-14) faces off against Anthony Pettis (22-10).
You can get the UFC 249 Prelims from ESPN on five of the largest live TV streaming services. Hulu with Live TV and some of the other services offer a variety of free trials, while Sling TV's Orange Plan offers the lowest regular price. Check out the options, and select the one that is best for you. Then you can use the login and password for these streaming services in the ESPN app to watch the Prelims.
Hulu with Live TV
- The cost: $55 a month after a one week free trial
- UFC 249 Prelims on Hulu - Yes, with ESPN.
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ESPN & the UFC 249 Prelims live streaming straight to you.
Hulu has live TV including sports networks along with a huge back catalog of shows. ESPN is on Hulu, which means the UFC 249 Prelims will be online on Hulu.
Sling TV - Sling Orange
- The cost: $30 a month after your first month for $20
- UFC 249 Prelims on Sling TV: Yes, with ESPN.
Big Punches, Small Prices
Sling the UFC 249 Prelims anytime & from anywhere.
Sling is the more economical way to get ESPN. It costs about half the price of other services and still gets you access to the UFC 249 Prelims.
AT&T TV Now - Plus Plan
- The cost: $65 a month after a free trial
- *UFC 249 Prelims on AT&T TV Now: Yes, with ESPN.
The UFC Prelims go Mobile
The Plus Plan brings you the UFC 249 Prelims.
AT&T TV Now has a long list of channels in their lineup. The Plus Plan has ESPN so you can access the UFC 249 Prelims. Every plan includes HBO too.
- The cost: $50 a month after a free trial
- UFC 249 Prelims on YouTube TV: Yes, with ESPN.
Uploading the Prelims
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YouTube TV is one of the easiest streaming services to understand, with a single plan, a ton of channels — including ESPN for the UFC 249 Prelims.
How to watch UFC 249 on your devices
The ESPN app has everything you need to watch all of UFC 249 online on your TV. Your best play is to install the app, and log in with your ESPN+ account and your Live TV streaming credentials before the event begins. If you need help, we can guide you through how to login and watch ESPN+ on your TV. The ESPN app is available on the major streaming platforms and game consoles including iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
UFC 249 Schedule and Fight Card
All times shown are Eastern time.
- Prelims: 6 p.m. on ESPN+ and ESPN
- Main Card: 10 p.m. on PPV
- Post Show: 1 a.m. on ESPN+
The full event fight card, subject to change as always, is as follows:
Main Card — Pay Per View
- Tony Ferguson (26-3) vs. Justin Gaethje (21-2)
- Henry Cejudo (15-2) vs. Dominick Cruz (22-2)
- Francis Ngannou (14-3) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0)
- Jeremy Stephens (28-17) vs. Calvin Kattar (20-4)
- Greg Hardy (5-2) vs. Yorgan De Castro (6-0)
Prelims — ESPN & ESPN+
- Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (36-14) vs. Anthony Pettis (22-10)
- Aleksei Oleinik (58-13-1) vs. Fabricio Werdum (23-8-1)
- Carla Esparza (16-6) vs. Michelle Waterson (17-7)
- Vicente Luque (17-7-1) vs. Niko Price (14-3)
- Bryce Mitchell (12-1) vs. Charles Rosa (12-3)
- Ryan Spann (17-5) vs. Sam Alvey (33-13)
UFC 249 livestream
You can order the livestream of UFC 249 Ferguson vs. Gaethje today. New ESPN+ subscribers pay $84.98 for this pay-per-view and 1 year of ESPN+. Existing subscribers can pay just $64.99 for just the event, or $84.98 to upgrade from monthly to a 1 year subscription with the event. Either way, you will get an exciting night of top fights including Ferguson vs. Gaethje on May 9.
UFC 249 Rocks the Octagon
Ferguson vs. Gaethje and UFC 249 are bringing live sports back in a big way.
ESPN+ has major UFC events on the regular, including this Pay-Per-View event. UFC 249 is packed with headliner quality fights, including Ferguson vs. Gaethje. You can also get a year of live sports on ESPN+ if you choose the bundle.
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