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Apr 9 · 4 min read

Justin Gaethje will be stepping up on short notice to battle Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight title which will be the main event on April 18 at UFC 249.

For their upcoming fight this month, UFC have once again delivered an unbelievable promo video that will certainly get you hyped, even if you are still feeling let down about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s withdrawal.

Ferguson was initially set to challenge the undisputed lightweight champion Khabib at the event, but, like COVID-19 restricting the majority of sports events, ‘The Eagle’ was grounded in Russia and unable to participate.

Now, the person stepping in for Khabib on April 18 is the surging UFC lightweight contender Gaethje (21–2 MMA).

Known as ‘The Highlight’, he will enter UFC 249 on the back of a three-fight win streak, with all of those victories coming inside the first round.

Gaethje beat top-ranked contenders James Vick, Edson Barboza and most recently Donald Cerrone during that impressive winning run.

However, the 31-year-old will be seeking to hand Tony Ferguson (25–3 MMA) his first defeat in nearly eight years in the business.

‘El Cucuy’ is on his own winning run which stands at 12 fights, his latest being a TKO victory over ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 238.

Even though UFC fans will surely be thrilled to see two fighters in fine form when Gaethje and Ferguson meet in the Octagon, there is still no doubt that the bout pales in comparison to that of Tony vs Khabib.

The anticipated fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib has failed to happen for a fifth time now after the scheduled main event at UFC 249 was cancelled.

Gaethje has been labelled the underdog for this fight after Ferguson’s impressive win streak prior to this scheduled bout. With that in mind, ‘The Highlight’ remains very confident that he will be able to secure another finish when the pair meet in the Octagon on April 18 in California.

Dustin Poirier understands why he wasn’t chosen to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.

When news surfaced that Nurmagomedov was unable to defend his lightweight title against Ferguson in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Poirier, the former interim champion, was among those to throw his name in the hat to take the fight.

Ultimately, the promotion decided to go with Justin Gaethje, who now meets Ferguson for the interim 155-pound belt on the April 18 card, which will reportedly go down at Tachi Palace Casino Resort just outside of Lemoore, Calif.

Despite the fact Poirier (25–6 MMA, 17–5 UFC) holds a TKO win over Gaethje (21–2 MMA, 4–2 UFC) from less than two years ago, he sees why the UFC went the direction it did. Poirier is coming off a loss to Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September, and if he beat Ferguson, the UFC would be positioned to run an immediate rematch with Khabib.

“I think that’s exactly what it was,” Poirier told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “Me coming off the loss to Khabib, it’s just a new contender, a guy on a streak, an exciting fight. It’s just what happens. It’s business. I understand it’s a business. I can’t twist their arm and make them do things. Of course I would love to be in there across from Tony, but it’s all good. I’ve just got to fight and win, and everything will resolve itself.”

From the moment the new UFC 249 main event was announced, Poirier hasn’t shied away from offering a prediction. Ferguson and Gaethje are two of the great action fighters in the UFC, with a combined 17 fight-night bonuses over the course of their octagon tenures.

The fight will see a clash between two forces of violence, but Poirier said he’s got a strong inclination of which way it goes.

“I think (Gaethje is) going to knock Tony out,” Poirier said. “Both guys on the technical side of it don’t have the most crisp technique when it comes to kickboxing, but they’re both very damaging fighters. They both go in with reckless abandonment of their own self to land the big shots. I just think Gaethje is going to land something big on the inside and hurt Tony, man. I really do. We’ve seen Tony hurt a few times. I just think Gaethje is going to be the one to finish him.”

If Ferguson does fall to Gaethje at UFC 249, it would represent one of the great tragedies for a fighter. After putting together a 12-fight winning streak at lightweight, the world has been keen to see “El Cucuy” finally clash with Nurmagomedov, who is undefeated at 28–0 and riding 12 consecutive UFC wins.

A loss to Gaethje might spell the end of 36-year-old Ferguson’s title aspirations, and therefore hope for a showdown with Nurmagomedov. Poirier doesn’t sympathize, though, because that’s part of the fight game.

“Nah (I wouldn’t feel bad), that’s fighting,” Poirier said. “You take the risk. We’ll see what happens. That’s just fighting. It’s so unpredictable.”

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