UFC 249 LIVE: Ferguson vs Gaethje time, fight card and channel

UFC 249, LIVE: How to watch Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje plus time, fight card, latest odds and more

  • UFC 249 main card will begin at 10pm local time and 3am BST UK time
  • US viewers can watch on ESPN+ PPV and UK viewers live on BT Sport 1
  • See the latest UFC news ahead of the first action since covid-19 shutdown here 

UFC is back in action tonight for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic caused the shutdown of sports across the globe.

UFC 249 has come under fierce scrutiny for going ahead but Dana White and his team have put plenty of safety protocols in place with rigorous testing of fighters and staff ahead of a stacked fight card.

Jacare Souza on Friday became the first UFC fighter to be removed from a scheduled bout after testing positive for COVID-19 with Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje, Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz and rest still moving forward as planned.  

Sportsmail will provide you with everything you need to know for UFC 249 including time, channel and fight card plus location and latest odds. 

Tony Ferguson takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov replacement Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 

UFC 249 live updates 

Sportsmail’s Will Griffee will provide live updates from the main card at 10pm local time and 3am BST UK time.

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White takes the blame for missing Khabib

UFC president Dana White has accepted responsibility for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s absence from UFC 249 tonight.

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First fighter has pulled out of UFC 249

Jacare Souza has been pulled from UFC 249 just hours before the event after he and two of his trainers tested positive for coronavirus.

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UFC 249 Fight Card 

Main card

Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje -Interim Lightweight Championship

Henry Cejudo (c) vs Dominick Cruz -UFC Bantamweight Championship

Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik – Heavyweight Contest

Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar – Featherweight Contest

Greg Hardy vs Yorgan De Castro – Heavyweight Contest


Donald Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis -Welterweight Contest

Alexey Oleynik vs Fabricio Werdum – Heavyweight Contest

Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson – Women’s Strawweight Contest 

Vicente Luque vs Niko Price- Welterweight Contest

Bryce Mitchell vs Charles Rosa – Featherweight Contest

Ryan Spann vs Sam Alvey – Light Heavyweight Contest

When is UFC 249?

UFC headliners Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje takes place on Saturday, May 9 in America with UK viewers having to wait until early Sunday morning, May 10 to catch live action.

Ferguson fight will take place around 1am local time with fight in UK around 5am BST.

What time is it?

UK fight times for UFC 249

  • Main card start from 3am BST
  • Preliminary card from 1am BST
  • Early preliminary card from 11:30pm BST

US fight times for UFC 249

  • Main card start from 7pm PT or 10pm ET
  • Preliminary card from 5pm PT or 8pm ET
  • Early preliminary card from 3:30pm PT or 6:30pm ET

How to watch?

US viewers will be able to watch UFC 249 main card on ESPN+ PPV. The PPV price for UFC 249 is $64.99 for current subscribers. For new subscribers, a bundle price of UFC 249 and an ESPN+ annual subscription is $84.98.

UK viewers can watch UFC 249 on BT Sport which can be live streamed on laptop and mobile with people wanting to watch on their TV able to via BT TV (channel 408 SD and 430 HD), BT Sport large-screen app, Sky (channel 413) and Virgin Media (channel 527). 

If UK viewers don’t want to watch fight live, BT Sport will be showing a full fight replay from 10pm BST.

Where is the fight happening?

UFC 249 takes place behind closed doors at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. 

UFC 249 takes place behind closed doors at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena 

UFC 249 odds 


  • Tony Ferguson –  8/15
  • Justin Gaethje – 15/8
  • Henry Cejudo – 1/2
  • Dominick Cruz – 15/8 

 Winner continued…

  • Francis Ngannou – 2/5
  • Jairzinho Rozenstruik – 9/4
  • Anthony Pettis – 8/11
  • Donald Cerrone – 5/4 

Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange 

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