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.
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.
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.
America's Champ has let the @ufc know he's available to #KAG and slap the shit out of @twooodley live on @espn for the people! Someone let Tyrone know. That dip shit has me blocked on all platforms because my words "hurt his precious little feelings." :flag_us::flag_us:
- Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) March 15, 2020
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]."