Updated: May 9
As the sports world seemed to somewhat return earlier this week with the KBO, there is only so much Korean baseball we can watch.
Thanks to our king, UFC President, Dana White we have the opportunity to get our sports fix in on Saturday, May 9, with UFC 249.
This isn’t just any regular card; this card is absolutely stacked from top to bottom. Personally, this card is a birthday gift from Dana to me.
From title bouts and rematches between future hall of famers, to multiple Heavyweight battles practically guaranteed to end with someone knocked out cold, this card is going to be fireworks.
I’ll have a prediction for every fight on my twitter, @thiskid_coby5 Saturday morning.
5. Middleweight: #10 Uriah Hall vs Jacare Souza
Stylistically this is a great matchup. Uriah Hall has been one of my favorite fighters to watch since he’s been in the UFC. The guy fights like he’s in a video game and he has some of the flashiest kicks on the roster. Jacare is an all-around beast, he has good stand up and an even better ground game. Hall has won three of his last four, two of which by KO however, Jacare is a step up in competition from the last couple opponents he’s had. Souza is a 40 year-old on a two fight losing streak, but don’t let that fool you. Jacare was in the top three of the Middleweight division for a while, just never got the belt. A fun fact about Jacare is that he hasn’t won a decision since 2014 and he has been to five of them since.
4. Welterweight: #6 LW Cowboy Cerrone vs #15 Anthony Pettis 2
This is a rematch of over seven years in the making. In 2013, when Anthony Pettis was at the absolute top of his game, he defeated Donald Cerrone by way of TKO via body kick. Since that day in 2013, Cowboy Cerrone holds a 17–9 record and Showtime Pettis is 6–9. Both fighters are elite standup fighters and have an insane ground game as well. This fight could go either way, but one thing I can tell you for sure is that if Cowboy shows up this is going to be an absolute battle. These two future UFC hall-of-famers always put on a show for the fans, so this isn’t a fight to miss.
3. Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz vs (C) Henry Cejudo
This fight is going to be unreal. These are two of the most technical guys in the game. Dominick Cruz is considerably the best bantamweight of all time despite coming off another three-and-a-half-year layoff. Cruz has only fought four times since 2011, three of those being in 2016 when he went 2–1. This is another fight between two future hall-of-famers as Cejudo is absolutely on top of the world right now. The so called “Triple Champ” will tell you all of his accolades in about every interview he’s in, which I guess he has a right to being an Olympic wrestling champion and two division UFC champion. While Cruz has been off since 2016, Cejudo has dominated everyone, going 5–0, avenging his loss to Mighty Mouse and winning two UFC championship belts. This fight will be one for the ages. As the Bantamweight division is stronger than ever, this fight will be a stepping stone in its history book.
2. Heavyweight: #6 Jair Rozenstruik vs #2 Francis Ngannou
This is a bout between two actual monsters. These are definitely two of the last people on the UFC roster, if not the last two, that you’d want to be locked inside of a cage with for 15 minutes. Ngannou is built like a real life action figure and will decapitate someone with one uppercut. Jair has similar power and is just as intimidating. Ngannnou is on a three fight win streak all of which coming by 1st-round KO. Rozenstruik is 10–0, nine of those being KO’s, however didn’t look great in his last fight, but got the KO with four seconds left. DO NOT BLINK DURING THIS FIGHT.
Lightweight: #4 Justin Gaethje vs #1 Tony Ferguson
This battle has fight of the year written all over it. Two of the biggest savages, if not the biggest savages, on the roster are going to be locked inside a cage for 25 minutes to fight for their lives and our entertainment. It actually might be impossible for this to be a bad fight. Ferguson hasn’t lost since 2012 and is on a 12 fight win streak since. Gaethje is on a three fight win streak beating all those opponents by 1st round KO. In 23 career fights, Justin Gaethje has went to a decision just twice. Calling this fight a war would be an absolute understatement. This has the potential to be the best fight ever, no bullshit.
- Coby Weinsier