Justin Gaethje explains initial rejection of interim title at UFC 249: ‘I can’t become complacent’

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Justin Gaethje earned his first UFC title on Saturday, but it isn’t the one he’s had his sights on. “The Highlight” picked up the biggest win of his career at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla., stopping Tony Ferguson in the fifth round of the evening’s main event and putting an end […]

Justin Gaethje brutalizes Tony Ferguson, wins interim lightweight title with fifth-round TKO

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Two months ago, Justin Gaethje was training and waiting for the UFC to find his next opponent. On Saturday night, after accepting a short notice opportunity to compete in the UFC 249 main event, he stopped Tony Ferguson by TKO in the fifth round to become interim lightweight champion, setting […]

Justin Gaethje Stops Tony Ferguson, Claims Interim Lightweight Crown in UFC 249 Headliner

Moments after dispatching Tony Ferguson in the UFC 249 headliner, Justin Gaethje chucked his newly-won interim lightweight crown aside. The meaning of the gesture wasn’t difficult to decipher. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC full fight video: Tony Ferguson wins interim title with triangle choke of Kevin Lee

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Watch Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee full fight video to see Ferguson capture UFC gold with a win over Lee at UFC 216 on Oct. 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. With lightweight champion Conor McGregor out of the picture for the foreseeable future while he dabbled in the world of boxing, […]

UFC Shuts Down Interim Heavyweight Title Talk for Francis Ngannou, Jairzinho Rozenstruik

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has no interest in an interim heavyweight title at this time. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Francis Ngannou requested interim title fight with Jairzinho Rozenstruik but ‘there was no interest’ from UFC

Francis Ngannou | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Francis Ngannou would love to compete for the UFC heavyweight title again, but there’s no telling when that opportunity might happen. With three consecutive wins, including a pair of knockouts over former champions Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, Ngannou should probably be in line for a title […]

Francis Ngannou agrees with Jairzinho Rozenstruik: UFC 249 fight should be for interim title

Just like Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Francis Ngannou also thinks their fight at UFC 249 should be for the interim heavyweight title. Ngannou (14-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is set to face Rozenstruik on May 9 and continues to vent his frustration on the lack of movement in the heavyweight title picture. Champion Stipe Miocic hasn’t competed since […]

Justin Gaethje: Interim UFC Championship Belt Only ‘A Map to the Top’

Justin Gaethje will have the opportunity to wrap lightweight championship gold around his waist if he defeats Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jairzinho Rozenstruik says wait for Miocic-Comier trilogy slowed down division, insists on addition of interim title

Jairzinho Rozenstruik has a plan in mind to jumpstart his division. The UFC heavyweight contender feels the weight class has lost stream as champion Stipe Miocic has been unable to defend his title since wining it back in a rematch with Daniel Cormier back in August 2019. Injury from Miocic’s part has delayed the potential […]

UFC 249 official poster released: Tony Ferguson could make history with second interim title vs. Justin Gaethje

Tony Ferguson has a chance to become the first fighter in UFC history to be crowned interim champion twice. Perhaps not the record he was aiming for, but after lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced to pull out of UFC 249 due to travel restrictions in Russia, Ferguson drew Justin Gaethje, and he still has […]

With interim title fight set for UFC 249, Dana White unsure of Conor McGregor’s next move

Conor McGregor’s plan of waiting for another title shot will likely have to change if he wants a swift return. The new UFC 249 main event between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will crown a new interim lightweight champion, meaning the UFC’s 155-pound title will likely be unified in a bout with current champion Khabib […]

MMA fighters react to Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje interim title fight at UFC 249

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With reigning UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia, Justin Gaethje has stepped up on short notice to face Tony Ferguson for the interim championship in the new main event of UFC 249. Below is how the MMA community reacted to hew news. #forthepeople I’m terrified and I fucken love […]

Twitter reacts to Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje interim title fight at UFC 249

Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje will headline UFC 249 “somewhere on this planet” come April 18, according to Dana White. With Khabib Nurmagomedov unable to compete because of Russia’s travel ban during the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC cobbled together Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) vs. Gaethje (21-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) for the interim lightweight title, […]

Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje now headlines UFC 249 for interim lightweight title

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC 249 has a new main event. With lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov out, Justin Gaethje has been tapped as a replacement to face Tony Ferguson in the headliner of the April 18 pay-per-view event, and the new fight will serve as an interim title fight. UFC President Dana White confirmed the […]

Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje to Clash for Interim Lightweight Title in New UFC 249 Headliner

UFC 249 officially has its new main event, as the promotion announced Monday that Tony Ferguson will square off against Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight championship. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Thiago Santos wants to face Dominick Reyes for UFC interim title belt: ‘I don’t think the division needs to wait’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting After UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones pleaded guilty to his second DWI offense incident, Thiago Santos called to book two other fighters for an interim belt. Hours after news broke of Jones’ arrest late this past month, Santos took to social media to suggest a fight with Dominick Reyes, the […]

Combate Americas Returns to San Antonio with Interim Bantamweight Title Bout on March 27

An interim bantamweight title clash between Andre Morera and Victor Hugo Madrigal will serve as as the main event when Combate Americas returns to San Antonio, Texas, on March 27. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Morgan Charriere to Clash With Darko Banovic for Interim Title at CW 113

It appears that Morgan Charriere will get a second chance to win a Cage Warriors Fighting Championship belt after all. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Morgan Charriere to compete for Cage Warriors interim featherweight title on March 20

Dolly Clew, Cage Warriors Morgan Charriere will get his second opportunity to fight for Cage Warriors interim gold on March 20 in London at Cage Warriors 113 at the Indigo at the o2. Cage Warriors announced the fight via press release and through its social media channels on Thursday morning. BREAKING Featherweight no1 contender Morgan […]

UFC 245 free fight: Colby Covington outpaces Rafael dos Anjos for interim title victory

At UFC 245 on Saturday night, Colby Covington will have his first crack at an undisputed UFC championship when he takes on bitter rival Kamaru Usman. But if Covington (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) wins, it won’t be the first time he’s had UFC gold wrapped around his waist. At UFC 225 in June 2018, Covington […]

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