UFC 249 is LIVE this weekend, which deserves all caps as a result of it’s LIVE SPORTS. There will not be a crowd in attendance in Jacksonville for the cardboard, however this could be the proper time to wade again into the game in case you’re an occasional or lapsed MMA fan.
We’re right here to catch you up on how we reached this level, inform you concerning the large fights you’re going to need to circle, and usually allow you to benefit from the occasion as a lot as doable. In any case, that is LIVE SPORTS, which forgive my pleasure, should be celebrated.
The UFC 249 foremost occasion options Tony Ferguson preventing Justin Gaethje for the light-weight interim title. The light-weight division is the place a few of the largest headliners within the sport have been during the last two years, and the title is up for grabs as a result of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s suspension. This got here following an enormous brawl that ensued between Nurmagomedov’s camp and Conor McGregor’s after their combat at UFC 229. In January the pair have been each given six-month suspensions for his or her roles within the melee, which put the belt up for grabs.
Khabib shall be ready for whoever finally ends up with the title, and, properly … good luck with that one.
It isn’t simply Ferguson and Gaethje who’ve a title bout. The bantamweight belt is on the road too, with Henry Cejudo dealing with Dominick Cruz. Should you’ve been away from UFC for some time then sure, Cruz remains to be preventing. Saturday marks his return to the UFC since he misplaced the belt in December 2016, and this weekend he’s filling in for Jose Aldo, who had visa points. Cejudo has jumped between flyweight and bantamweight for a lot of his profession, together with his bout in opposition to Cruz being his first title protection since successful the vacant title at UFC 238 again in June.
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Outdoors of the 2 title bouts listed here are three extra issues to observe:
No. 1: Greg Hardy returns to the octagon. Sure, THAT Greg Hardy.
The previous Panthers and Cowboys defensive finish is making an attempt to cement himself within the heavyweight division, coming into with a 5-2 (1) document. Hardy has proven proficiency within the ring, although critics will say he’s been handed some fairly simple opponents due to his title recognition, that was till he confronted Alexander Volkov in November and misplaced by unanimous determination.
On Saturday, he fights the heavy-handed Yorgan De Castro, who’s 5-Zero in UFC and likes to throw arms. This has an opportunity to be a can’t-miss combat, largely as a result of each are going to go all out, and go large.
No. 2: The REAL marquee heavyweight combat comes later within the night time.
Francis Ngannou is making an attempt to stake his declare for a future title shot by taking up former champion kickboxer Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Rozenstruik is an ideal 10-Zero in UFC and quickly climbing up the heavyweight rankings, making this a must-win combat for each athletes.
If Ngannou wins he’ll virtually actually earn a shot on the title. If Rozenstruik is victorious it should ship a message to the remainder of the division that he deserves to be within the dialog with the highest fighters within the weight class.
In terms of Hardy vs. De Castro that could be the sizzle of the heavyweight division on Saturday, however this combat is the steak. Huge, meaty, extraordinarily expert steak.
No. 3: No crowd goes to make for a surreal expertise.
Completely different sports activities have dealt with having no crowd in their very own means. Will there be UFC staff in attendance? Simply the combat camps? Will different fighters be watching? Regardless of the reply is, it is a uncommon incidence to see sport unfettered, and unfiltered.
The wonderful factor about crowdless sports activities is when you lose the collective pleasure a stay viewers brings, you acquire perception that’s typically drowned out by noise. Maybe you would possibly right here some nook teaching, or get a greater sense of fighters’ respiratory or motion — regardless of the result’s it’s going to be particular.
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