The primary occasion of the UFC’s first card in practically two months is now official.
The cardboard is scheduled for Saturday evening in entrance of no followers at VyStar Veterans Memorial Area. Friday morning’s weigh-ins happened with social distancing protocols in place as a result of coronavirus pandemic, a part of a wider plan by the UFC and native officers this week.
Ferguson vs. Gaethje was initially scheduled for April 18, however that card at Tachi Palace On line casino Resort in Lemoore, California, was scrapped when the UFC was requested to “stand down” by executives from broadcast associate ESPN. Gaethje is filling in for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was speculated to defend his light-weight title in opposition to Ferguson however needed to stay at residence in Dagestan, Russia, due to journey bans.
Ferguson (26-3) is on a UFC light-weight document 12-fight profitable streak. The California native has gained his previous three fights through end and is taken into account — like Gaethje — to be one of the crucial thrilling fighters on this planet. Ferguson, 36, is a former interim champ and is presently ESPN’s No. 6 pound-for-pound MMA fighter.
Gaethje (21-2) has gained three straight, all through KO/TKO. The Arizona native is a former World Sequence of Combating light-weight champion and has earned seven struggle evening bonuses in six UFC bouts on account of his thrilling type. Gaethje, 31, is ESPN’s No. 4-ranked MMA light-weight.
The co-main occasion rivals additionally got here in on weight Friday. Henry Cejudo weighed 135 kilos for his UFC bantamweight title protection in opposition to Dominick Cruz, who additionally weighed 135 kilos.
Cejudo (15-2) is ESPN’s No. 3-ranked pound-for-pound fighter. The 33-year-old Arizona resident is one in every of solely seven fighters to carry UFC titles in two completely different divisions and is a former Olympic wrestling gold medalist. Cruz (22-2) has not fought since Dec. 30, 2016, however is thought to be maybe the most effective MMA bantamweight of all time. The 35-year-old San Diego native gained 13 in a row between 2008 and 2016 and is a two-time 135-pound champion.