UFC 249 live stream: how to watch the Ferguson fight online from anywhere
Feel like forever since you watched live sport? There may be a glimmer of hope ahead, as despite the coronavirus pandemic, UFC 249 looks to push on behind closed doors on Saturday, April 18. There are still some major logistics to sort out for boss-in-chief Dana White – will it really be held on a private island? – but at least now we know what to expect on the card come the night itself. Read on as we explain how to watch UFC 249 and live stream the Ferguson vs Gaethje fight online no matter where you are in the world.
Tony Ferguson enters as a hot favorite, with the 36-year-old American already regarded as one of the best lightweight fighters of all-time. He was hoping to secure his legacy in the original UFC 249 headline match, which had him set to go up against Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov - the Eagle being perhaps best known for his clinical neck crank defeat of Conor McGregor back in October 2018.
Since then, Khabib has successfully defended his title against Dustin Poirier. But now he's stranded in Russia due to the country's Covid-19 travel restrictions, so UFC fans will once again have to wait to see the long-anticipated Ferguson vs Khabib fight – a seemingly cursed octagon encounter that has now been put off a ridiculous FIVE times.
In his place steps Justin Gaethje, a 31-year-old American who currently sits at fourth in the UFC lightweight rankings. While not necessarily the blockbuster opponent Khabib represent, he's well-respected in MMA circles and poses a significant threat to Ferguson in a fight that will be shown exclusively via ESPN+ in the US.
The winner of the new UFC 249 headline fight will be crowned the interim UFC lightweight champion – and no doubt fight Khabib at a later date. Tempted? Our guide explains how to watch a Ferguson vs Gaethje live stream no matter where you are in the world – and also reveals the latest UFC 249 full card.
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UFC 249 full card: latest fight news
As previously mentioned, the coronavirus pandemic has already seriously impacted the UFC 249 fight card. All information was correct at time of publication but is subject to change.
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje – Lightweight Interim Title
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas - Women’s Strawweight
Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro – Heavyweight
Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price – Welterweight
Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar – Featherweight
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik – Heavyweight
Ronaldo Souza vs. Uriah Hall – Middleweight
Alexander Hernandez vs. Omar Morales – Lightweight
Marlon Vera vs. Ray Borg – Bantamweight
Michael Johnson vs. Khama Worthy – Lightweight
Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras Women’s – Bantamweight
Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey Light – Heavyweight
What does a UFC fan get with their ESPN+ subscription?
Quite a lot, as it happens – a subscription to ESPN+ opens up access to over 20 exclusive live UFC Fight Nights, alongside original content including Dana White’s Contender Series, UFC Destined, and Ariel & The Bad Guy, plus classic fights, replays, and there’s also the perk of fewer commercials.