UFC 249 is going down this Saturday May 9th! This is a stacked card with the co-main event will be an action packed Bantamweight title bout between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz. The main event that will sure be war between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje for the interim Lightweight title. The co-main event will be a showdown between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz.
Main Card Heavyweight Bout #1
Greg Hardy (5-1-0) looks to move up the heavyweight division. All five of his wins have been knockouts. He has a striking accuracy of 45 percent and nothing for a grappling accuracy.
“Prince of War” lands 3.88 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.41. He also has a decent takedown defense at 67 percent.
Yorgan De Castro (5-0-0) is also trying to battle his way to the top of the heavyweight division. He has four wins by knockout and one by submission.
“The Mad Titan” stats have not been fully updated since he was not part of the UFC until the UFC 243 event. He has a reach of 74 inches, which is less than Hardy’s 80 inches.
Main Card Featherweight Bout
Jeremy Stephens (28-17-0) is currently the seventh-best fighter in the featherweight division. His record has been impressive with 19 wins by knockout and seven victories by submission.
“Lil Heathen” has a striking accuracy at 40 percent and a grappling accuracy of 38 percent. He delivers 3.09 significant strikes a minute while taking on 2.98.
Calvin Kattar (20-4-0) is ranked ninth in the featherweight division. For his record, 10 of his wins have been knockouts and two by submission.
Kattar strikes his opponents with an accuracy of 41 percent and a grappling accuracy of 33 percent. He fights with an aggressive 5.12 significant strikes landed per minute but also absorbs 6.36 in that same time frame.
Main Card Heavyweight Bout #2
Francis Ngannou (13-3-0) has some serious power. Ten of his 13 wins have been by knockout. He is currently sitting at the second-ranked fighter from the heavyweight division.
“The Predator” strikes his opponents with an accuracy of 38 percent but does not have anything to show for a grappling accuracy. He delivers 2.15 significant strikes a minute while taking on 1.97.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0-0) is undefeated and making moves up the heavyweight division ladder. Currently ranked sixth, he has that 10-fight win streak and nine knockout victories that lead the way.
“Bigi Boy” strikes his opponents with an accuracy of 47 percent and also does not have anything to show for a grappling accuracy. He delivers 3.72 significant strikes a minute and takes in 3.05.
Co-Main Event Breakdown
Henry Cejudo (15-2-0) is atop the bantamweight division. Along with his five-fight winning streak, he also has seven wins by decision and six more wins by knockout.
“The Messenger” tacks on a striking accuracy at 45 percent and has a grappling accuracy of 35 percent. With a 3.82 significant strikes a minute and absorbing a solid 2.73, this leads to a good ratio here. You also cannot ignore his high takedown defense at 91 percent.
Dominick Cruz (18-1-0) is attempting to make his way back into title contention coming off a three-year absence. His injuries so far have prevented him from being at his best.
“The Dominator” has a somewhat decent striking accuracy at 32 percent and a better grappling accuracy of 50 percent. He also has significant strikes landed at an average of 3.53 per minute while taking on 2.15.
Main Event Breakdown
Tony Ferguson (26-3-0) is the No. 1-ranked fighter within the lightweight division. His record is composed of 12 wins by knockout and an impressive 11 fight win streak.
“El Cucuy” has a striking accuracy at 45 percent, which is about average. He also has a grappling accuracy of 43 percent, which is still around average.
However, he lands 5.51 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 3.55. This is a great ratio here, as he obviously delivers more significant strikes than he takes on.
Justin Gaethje (21-2-0) is stepping up to the octagon on short notice since he is taking the place of Khabib Nurmagomedov. His confidence would make you think he is on top of the world. His record has 17 wins by knockout, along with three first-round finishes.
“The Highlight” is sitting at fourth-best in the lightweight division. He has an above-average striking accuracy at 55 percent, but nothing for a grappling accuracy.
He has a high 8.50 significant strikes a minute while an even higher 10.23 absorbed in the same time frame. This ratio is not something you want to see for a fighter, but his record has not been affected too much by it.