Hailing from Las Vegas, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced one of its most-awaited fights between Khabib and Ferguson to be held on the 18th of April 2020 in Brooklyn, USA. This is going to be the 249th grand event under the banner of UFC, hence the name “UFC 249.” Watch Khabib vs Ferguson Live Stream Right here on this page! Bookmark Us.
Before the players are discussed, a little understanding of the mixed martial arts (MMA) championship has been outlined below.
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What is UFC?
UFC came into existence in 1993 in a bid to promote MMA, starting in the USA and later having its influence felt in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The first game introduced with it the idea of a liberal fight with no rules or fighting disciplines/techniques. As such, there was no weight category either. Naturally, this led to problems as some of the states viewed this competition as an excuse for a gruesome and violent event. UFC 12, therefore, came with an introduction of weight classes and the banning of certain fighting techniques like fish-hooking. By UFC 21, this MMA event was recognized as a disciplined sport rather than an unorganized performance. It brings in its rings the best martial artists, holding more than 40 events each year!
A Simple Guide to Understanding a UFC Contest
While a standard UFC contest entails 3 fighting rounds, a championship can have a maximum of 5 rounds.
Each contest has a maximum number of 5 rounds excluding the 1 minute between each one as a dedicated “rest-minute.” The game is evaluated by 3 judges in all with a score (out of 10 points) given by each after every round. The referee, not a part of these judges, stands in the ring to preside over the contest, keeping an eye out for any of the 31 fouls which may disqualify an artist. One may win by either winning by score, knockout (contestant becoming unconscious), technical knockout (severe injury leading to fighting termination) or submission (verbally or physically dropping out of the fight). Points that are granted by judges are based on the evaluation of the different martial arts techniques used in a fight. It is, of course, subjective and more tough to decide relative to a simple boxing match.
While varying of the fouls, players may make use of the following martial arts styles: boxing, kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, freestyle wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, karate, etc. Both, male and female players are paid to play and additional as well in case of winning a fight. Listed below are the 14 weight classes under UFC.
Weight Class and Upper Limits
|Strawweight – 52.2 KG|
|Flyweight – 56.7 KG|
|Bantamweight – 61.2 KG|
|Featherweight – 65.8 KG|
|Lightweight – 70.3 KG|
|Super Lightweight – 74.8 KG|
|Welterweight – 77.1 KG|
|Super Welterweight – 79.4 KG|
|Middleweight – 83.9 KG|
|Super Middleweight – 88.5 KG|
|Light Heavyweight – 93.0 KG|
|Cruiserweight – 102.1 KG|
|Heavyweight – 120.2 KG|
|Super Heavyweight – Not Applicable|
The Main Contest: UFC 249
The UFC has seen many great players in its arena has the years have gone by including Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie. The following table lists the recent reigning, male champions under each weight class.
|Light Heavyweight||Jon Jones|
The 249 match is the one between the current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and the former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson. Interestingly, a clash between the two has been canceled on numerous occasions (the Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Faber Finale, UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs Evans, UFC 209 and UFC 223) never become a reality for the UFC watchers. Consequently, this upcoming event has gained hype not only in the UFC arena but also in the news over the internet and paper. However, the hype should not be only be credited to the cancellation of the preceding events, but also the world-class martial artists that are scheduled to be standing head-to-head on the 18th of April. Below are profiles on both players to gauge who may have a better chance of winning the ultimate contest.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is a Russian martial artist who is of 31 years of age as of today. He contested in the welterweight category and won the 13th installment of the Ultimate Fighter. He now plays in the Lightweight category. Making use of wrestling, judo and combat sambo, Khabib is an entertaining player to watch. He plays for two teams: American Kickboxing Academy and Eagles MMA. He holds the following ranks.
- Judo – Black Belt
- International Master of Sport in Sambo
- Internal Master of Sport in Army Hand-to-Hand Combat
- International Master of Sport in Pankration
Following his career as a martial artist, he has numerous accomplishments listed below.
|UFC Lightweight Championship||Performance of the Night – vs Edson Barboza and vs Dustin Poirier|
|UFC 260: Khabib vs Abel Trujillo||Most takedowns in a fight (21 takedowns)|
|Atrium Cup (2008)||Tournament Winner|
|2013||Breakthrough Fighter of the Year|
|2013||Staredown of the Year|
|2016||The beatdown of the Year|
|2016||Comeback Fighter of the Year|
|2016||2016 International Fighter of the Year|
|2017||2017 Performance of the Year|
|2009||World Combat Sambo Championship Gold Medalist|
|2009||Russian Combat Sambo Championships Gold Medalist|
|2010||World Combat Sambo Championships|
|NAGA World Championship 2012||Men’s No-Gi Expert Welterweight Champion|
|NAGA World Championship 2012||ADCC Rules No-Gi Expert Welterweight Champion|
Khabib Nurmagomedov has played 28 winning matches in the MMA professional life, 8 by knockout, 10 by submission from the opponent, and 10 by judges’ decision. Growing up to a father who was a wrestler served as a motivation for young Nurmagomedov who scored an excellent series of wins in regional contests in his home country. It was no wonder he got called up by the UFC.
In his last UFC bout, he walked out with 6 million dollars (as he defended his lightweight champion title) with an extra 50,000 dollars for his winning performance against Poirier. Below are the total payouts from his career.
|Contests||To Show||Winning Bonus|
|UFC on FX: Guillard vs Miller||$8000||$8000|
|UFC on FX: Belfort vs Bisping||$12,000||$12,000|
|UFC on Fox: Werdum vs Browne||$32,000||$32,000|
|UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs Evans||$32,000||$32,000|
|UFC 223||$500,000||$30,000 (incentive pay)|
|UFC 229||$2,000,000||$40,000 (incentive pay)|
|UFC 242||$6,000,000||$40,000 (incentive pay) + $50,000|
If some of fines are taken into account, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s total career earnings come out to be $8,680,000.
Tony Ferguson is an American martial artist who joined the UFC in 2008 after winning The Ultimate Fighter 13. He has acquired the position of number one contender in the UFC lightweight rankings. He is also at the 10th position in the pound-for-pound UFC rankings. Coincidentally enough, like Nurmagomedov, Ferguson also holds twelve consecutive wins in the lightweight class. He is 36 years of age, mixing wrestling and boxing as his style of fight. He has fought 28 matches in his professional career out of which he has lost only 3, winning 12 by knockout, 5 be judge’s decision, and 8 by submission from the opponent. Out of the 3 he lost, 1 was by submission and 1 by judge’s cards.
Ferguson spent his youth as an athlete, playing football as well as participating in wrestling competitions for his school. The following table shows his accomplishments over time.
|UFC||Interim UFC Lightweight Championship|
|UFC||The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner|
|UFC||Fight of the Night – vs. Edson Barboza, Lando Vannata, Rafael dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis, and Donald Cerrone|
|UFC||Knockout of the Night – vs. Ramsey Nijem|
|UFC||Submission of the Night – vs. Mike Rio|
|UFC||Performance of the Night – vs. Edson Barboza, Josh Thomson and Gleison Tibau|
|UFC||The longest winning streak in UFC lightweight history (12 times)|
|Pure Combat||PureCombat Welterweight Championship (One time)|
|World MMA Awards||2018 Fight of the Year – vs. Anthony Pettis|
Below is also a picture of the earnings of Tony Fergusan.
|Contests||To Show||Winning Bonus|
|TUF 13 Finale||$8,000||$8,000 + $40,000 (Knockout of the Night)|
|TUF 14 Finale||$15,000||$15,000|
|UFC on Fox: Diaz vs Miller||$15,000||–|
|UFC 166||$20,000||$20,000 + $60,000 (Submission of the Night)|
|UFC 184||$24,000||$24,000 + $50,000 (Performance of the Night)|
|UFC Fight Night: Mir vs Duffee||$30,000||$30,000 + $50,000 (Performance of the Night)|
|TUF 22 Finale||$50,000||$50,000+ $50,000 (Fight of the Night) + $50,000 (Performance of the Night)|
|UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs Lineker||$52,000||$52,000 + $50,000 (Fight of the Night)|
|TUF Latin America 3 Finale||$54,000||$54,000 + $50,000 (Fight of the Night)|
|UFC 229||$150,000||$5,000 + $50,000 (Fight of the Night) + $10,000 (incentive pay)|
|UFC 238||$160,000||$10,000 + $50,000 (Fight of the Night) + 15,000 (incentive pay)|
Adding sponsorship money to these figures adds up Fergusan’s total career’earnings to $2,184,000.
Who is Likely to Win?
Two of the best record-holding players will be up against each other and the question of who is likely to win is a tough one to pin down. As seen from the records of both players above, they have hardly lost any matches, with Nurmagomedov losing absolutely none. Ferguson is a risk-taker, trying new strategies while Nurmagomedov has a flawless way of attacking head-first. The risk-taker lands himself in trouble this way. To win Ferguson can have the latter moving on his toes, securing a chance to win as he gets impatient. It will be interesting to see how the two techniques of the players fare against one another. All that can be said for sure is this match should not be missed. Mixed martial arts fans aren’t the only demographic that this match is reaching – even non-UFC watchers have become intrigued by this clash after years. Keep your calendars clear as this may be the most important one of the year 2020! And don’t worry if you do not have access to the match, below is a way out, wherever you may be!
The UFC events have been drawing attention from television since 1980s and have acquired airtime with different sports channels over the last decade. In the USA, Pay-per-view broadcasts the show and in the UK, BT Sport does it. In Brazil, the channel responsible for playing the show is Combate Channel. Fox Sports is responsible for Southeast Asia and Sony Six for India. A platform, however, that can broadcast the championship is SkyStreamsHub which operates globally for only 2 dollars. The following are the steps that can be followed to access the Khabib vs Ferguson match.