If you've been missing live sports, then today's your lucky day, as MMA action returns in what's hopefully a sign of things to come. Yes, after weeks of back and forth between promoter Dana White and various other bodies, UFC 249 will take place behind close doors tonight at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. You've been waiting for this a while, so let's cut to the the chase – here's how to watch Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje and live stream UFC 249 online tonight from wherever you are.
We'll also outline the full card for UFC 249 and tell you all the key times you need to know about tonight, including the Ferguson vs Gaethje start time in countries like the UK and Australia.
Wait or no wait, Tony Ferguson enters tonight's octagon clash as the hot favorite, with the 36-year-old American already regarded as one of the best lightweight fighters of all-time. He was hoping to secure his legacy in the original UFC 249 headline match last month, which had him set to go up against Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov. But that was called off after The Eagle found himself stranded in Russia due to the country's Covid-19 travel restrictions.
In his place steps Justin Gaethje, a 31-year-old American who currently sits at fourth in the UFC lightweight rankings. While not necessarily the blockbuster opponent Khabib represents, he's well-respected in MMA circles and poses a significant threat to Ferguson in a fight that will be shown exclusively via ESPN+ in the US.
The winner of the new UFC 249 headline fight will be crowned the interim UFC lightweight champion – and no doubt fight Khabib at a later date. Tempted? Our guide explains how to watch UFC 249 and live stream Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje from anywhere on the planet.
Watch Ferguson vs Gaethje: live stream UFC 249 online exclusively on ESPN+ in the US
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje live stream: UK time and how to watch UFC 249 online
How to watch UFC 249 live: stream Ferguson vs Gaethje in Australia
Watch UFC 249 online: live stream Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje in New Zealand
UFC 249 full card: latest fight news
As previously mentioned, the coronavirus pandemic has already seriously impacted the UFC 249 fight card and led to multiple changes. All information was correct at time of publication but is subject to alteration.
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (interim UFC Lightweight Championship)
Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz (UFC Bantamweight Championship)
Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozentruik (heavyweight)
Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar (featherweight)
Greg Hardy vs Yorgan de Castro (heavyweight)
Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis (welterweight)
Alexey Oleynik vs Fabricio Werdum (heavyweight)
Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson (women's strawweight)
Uriah Hall vs Ronaldo Souza (middleweight)
Vicente Luque vs Niko Price (welterweight)
Bryce Mitchell vs Charles Rosa (featherweight)
Ryan Spann vs Sam Alvey (light heavyweight)
What does a UFC fan get with their ESPN+ subscription?
Quite a lot, as it happens – a subscription to ESPN+ opens up access to over 20 exclusive live UFC Fight Nights, alongside original content including Dana White’s Contender Series, UFC Destined, and Ariel & The Bad Guy, plus classic fights, replays, and there’s also the perk of fewer commercials.