UFC 249 is on as MMA rides to the rescue for sports fans TONIGHT!
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title headlines the HUGE card in Jacksonville, Florida – which has strict protocols in place.
- Main card began from 3am BST (10pm EST)
- Ferguson vs Gaethje main event UP NEXT
- Pettis beats Cerrone by points in prelims
- TV/ live stream: BT Sport 1 (UK), ESPN + (US)
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The champ says he wants to start a family and is finished.
“I am retiring tonight, at 33 I am happy with my career, Dana White is the man and I am thankful. But Triple C is out.”
Cejudo said: “I can adjust, you cannot study and train to face me.
“We stuck to the gameplan and that's all she wrote.
“I am ruthless, I may be cringey and corny but nobody has my resume, I am the best combat athlete in history.”
Cejudo is promptly given his bantamweight belt back.
Cejudo wins by KO after a monster knee and then half-a-dozen unanswered punches.
Cruz is not happy with the stoppage as he was almost back on his feet.
Cruz was trying to scramble free and return to his feet but Triple C was relentless and battered his way to another title defence.
Keith Peterson, the man in the middle, is not popular with Cruz after that stoppage.
MOMENT OF VICTORY
A bloodied Cejudo goes nuts in celebration at winning this one.
Champ Cejudo now has a gash in his hairline following teh accidental butt from Cruz.
But he wins with a massive knee and a savage swarm.
a harsh stoppage according to the comms team but Cejudo wins and celebrates smothered in blood.
These guys are kicking lumps out of each other but there have been very few punches thrown.
Cejudo even tries a head kick on a man four inches taller than him and then scores by punching body and head.
But Cruz scores back as the fight heats up and lands a couple of scything leg kicks.
Cejudo just defended a single-leg takedown with ease.
The fight is stopped as Henry Cejudo sufferes a cut following a clash of heads.
Cruz slipped back into elite competition, after three years out but he was grazed by a one-two and returns fire instantly.
The pair the round with a fun exchange as they appear to get their corners confused.
There is only malice when the bell goes.
JUMPED THE GANN
A great pic showing just how much Ngannou dominated Rozenstruik in that 20-second heavyweight fight.
He even stuck around to make sure his opponent was OK.
Cruz is the victim of a couple of heavy legkicks as Cejudo welcomes him back into the octagon.
The champ might need a round r two to get used to Cruz's unorthodox movement and footwork.
Cejudo lands another legkick and the pair scramble for a split second on the blood-stained canvas.
Cruz lands a kick but Cejudo scores a takedown. Cruz already has welts on his legs.
Five rounds scheduled now, for the title.
Cruz has height and reach advantages and will tower over the champ, if he can stay at range.
Cejudo, at just 5ft 4in tall, has no fear fighting bigger guys and looks ready to rumble.
The rivals touch gloves and go to war…
TALE OF THE TAPE
Here is how these two stack up ahead of this one.
KING OF CRINGE
Cejudo dominated at the Olympics, ran all the flyweights out of town and then stepped up to rule the bantamweight class.
DC says Cejudo is the ultimate profession and was doing five-round spars, with five different guys and not even beathing heavily, in his training camp.
Both fighters are wearing little ankle supports on both feet.
Bantamweight history getting made next with Dominic Cruz vs champion Henry Cejudo.
The challenger has been out of the octagon for three years.
Cejudo is a two-weight UFC and Olympic wrestling gold winner.
Legend vs legend to decide the bantamweight G.O.A.T?
Calvin Kattar was stunned by the Francis Ngannou 20-second KO win…
Legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas had his say on Ngannou…
Ngannous is climbing up a serious list…
Francis Ngannou has a total fight time of two minutes and 42 seconds.
That's in a FOUR-FIGHT winning streak.
The guy is just superb!
Most men can get quite a lot done in 20 seconds.
But this man is special…
Daniel Cormier was stunned by Ngannou's 20-second finish…
The terrifying fighter said: “When he called me out I knew he was not ready for me.
“He needs to take a step back and get ready before he takes on someone like me.
“I have been working for hard for 15 weeks on exactly that set-up so it was great team-work.
“I have been expecting to fight for the title but I do not know where the division is right now. I will just see how it goes.”
Rozenstruik started with a couple of kicks but Ngannou replied with a barrage of haymakers and two left hooks landed.
Ngannou was wild and defensively poor.
But his undefeated opponent was spread out on the octagon canvas like margarine.
Rozenstruik was knocked out by a wonderful right-hander.
Francis Ngannou ends Jairzinho Rozenstruik in seconds.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Here is how these boys stack up ahead of this one.
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