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UFC 249: How The 'Baddest Ever Card In MMA History' Could Look Like

UFC 249: How The 'Baddest Ever Card In MMA History' Could Look Like

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, Francis Ngannou, Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington could all feature at a stacked UFC 249.

The leading MMA promotion have cancelled three shows due to the coronavirus outbreak, but Dana White is hellbent on running UFC 249 which goes down on April 18. He's promised to deliver the "baddest card that's ever been done in the history of the sport" as he tries to build a monster event.

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Of course, the highly-anticipated UFC lightweight title clash between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson will headline UFC 249.

And a massive heavyweight tilt between Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik could very well be the event's co-main.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Tyron Woodley may also appear on the show after his UFC London bout against Leon Edwards was cancelled. He could be matched with arch rival Colby Covington who relentlessly called him out on social media following the cancellation of Woodley vs Edwards.

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UFC Portland's main event Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris could also be added to UFC 249, not to mention Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson.

UFC 249 would also keep some of their original bouts in Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar, Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Hernandez and Uriah Hall vs Jacare, among others.

How UFC 249 could potentially look:

Lightweight title: Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs Tony Ferguson

Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Welterweight: Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington

Women's strawweight: Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas

Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar

Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris

Middleweight: Derek Brunson vs Edmen Shahbazyan

Lightweight: Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Hernandez

Women's strawweight: Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs Jacare

Welterweight: Lyman Good vs Belal Muhammad

Light-Heavyweight: Sam Alvey vs Khalil Rountree Jr.

Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs Randy Brown

UFC 249 was originally set for Brooklyn, but the New York governor banned large gatherings with White claiming to have figured out location and venue logistics.

Speaking earlier in the week, he issued an update on UFC 249: "We're building a card where people can still maneuver and still get in," the UFC boss explained.

"We're trying to build the baddest card that's ever been done in the history of the sport. Some of the things are going to work out, and some of the things might not work out."

He added: "We're trying to figure out if they don't, what do we do? Actually, Francis [Ngannou] is one of the guys we're looking at, too. Yes, yes, yes [against Jairzinho Rozenstruik]."

Topics: Khabib, UFC News, Ferguson, Fight News, UFC, MMA, UFC 249, Dana White

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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