Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (Interim Lightweight Championship)
Round 1: Gaethje connects the first leg kick, but Ferguson follows with a beautiful leg kick combination. Ferguson connect a superman punch. Gaethje connects with a vicious leg kick. He lands a left hook again. Gaethje swings, Ferguson ducks. Now, Ferguson connects a right hand. Both men are looking in good control here. Gaethje with another leg kick, and follows it up with a punch. Ferguson is smiling. Good right hand by Gaethje which sends Ferguson off balance for split seconds, but he quickly takes control. Gaethje connects again, and both men exchange punches. A strong finish to the first round by both men. Highlight shows an accidental eye poke by Justin Gaethje.
Round 2: Ferguson start off the second roundt with a sharp right hand. Both guys landed there. Gaethje connects a clean left hook, Ferguson eats it. He changes stance, and Gaethje connects a left hook again. Ferguson’s chin holding so far. Gaethje continues with his leg kicks, and looks much more in control here. It’s been a while Ferguson has connected a shot. Another right hand by Gaethje, followed by a shot to the body. Another left hook by Gaethje. Good head movement from Gaethje here. Ferguson lands a low kick. He eats another left hand. Ferguson swings and misses. Gaethje is throwing hard, but Ferguson keeps advancing. Another left hand from Gaethje. Tony Ferguson ends the round with a huge upper cut, that brings Gaethje down to his knees. End of the round.
Round 3: Justin Gaethje connects a right hand again. Ferguson’s right eye is swollen. He is still advancing, and trying to connect. Tony connects a right hand, but the cut on his right eye can cause a lot of problem going forward. Ferguson connects an upper cut. Gaethje connects a right hand, and that stung him. Ferguson is getting beat up right now. Ferguson looking to take the fight to the ground here. He is switching stances here, but Gaethje is looking strong. He connects another right hand, and Ferguson eats it. End of the round, Gaethje in the lead.
Round 4: Gaethje starts with a low leg kick. Ferguson looks like he is changing levels. Gaethje continues to land. Ferguson is not looking good here. Gaethje is making adjustments now. He is getting his breath back. Gaethje connects another, and this one hurt Ferguson. He is wobbling, he is hurt. Gaethje is looking for the finish, but Ferguson takes control. Gaethje is already way ahead in the judges’ scorecards. Ferguson connects a nasty left hook to the body. Another jab by Ferguson. Low kick from Gaethje. Ferguson ends the round with a straight hand. Gaethje is on his way to snap Ferguson’s 12 fight win-streak.
Round 5: The ultimate round begins. Ferguson misses a superman punch, Gaethje counters. Brilliant combination by Gaethje, and Ferguson is hurt again. He is limping, and he is hurt. Gaethje connects another right hand, and one-two, Gatehje looking in complete control. He is showing impeccable patience, not going for the finish. He knows he is winning the rounds. Ferguson lands a right hand. Gaethje connects another, and Ferguson is getting beat up bad. He connects another right. Gaethje is fighting a smart fight here. It’s almost unthinkable to believe how many shots Ferguson has taken from Gaethje. He hurts him real bad, and Gaethje stops Ferguson. Tony is hurt, he is running away. He was shaking his hand, and Herb Dean stops the fight. Gaethje becomes the first fighter to finish Ferguson, and snaps Ferguson’s 12 fight winning streak.
Gaethje is the new interim lightweight champion.
It’s a wrap. UFC 249 ends with Ferguson losing his 12 fight winning streak, and Justin Gaethje is the new interim lightwieght champion.