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What channel is UFC 249? Time, TV schedule, live stream for Ferguson vs. Gaethje

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The UFC will be back in action for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sporting world, with the highly anticipated UFC 249 pay per view. The event is headlined by an interim lightweight title showdown between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje and also features a co-main event title showdown as Henry Cejudo defends the UFC bantamweight championship against former titleholder Dominick Cruz. 

After being postponed from the event's original date of April 18 because of the coronavirus outbreak, the UFC managed to relocate the event to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., for Saturday, May 9. The previous main event is still intact as Ferguson and Gaethje will battle for the interim lightweight championship and an opportunity to face Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year for the right to be the undisputed UFC lightweight champion.  

Much of the original card will carry over from UFC 249, including a heavyweight showdown between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Greg Hardy's return to the Octagon against Yorgan de Castro and a ferocious featherweight tilt between the hard-hitting Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar. 

Several new fights have also been added to the card. Among them is a UFC bantamweight title showdown between Cejudo and Cruz. Fan-favorite Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone will also return for the first time since losing to Conor McGregor when he squares off with former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Ronaldo Souza was supposed to fight Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout, but Souza tested positive for coronavirus and the fight was pulled. The rest of the card, however, will go on as scheduled.

Due to COVID-19, the event will be held without fans but is being touted as one of the most stacked UFC events of all time by UFC president Dana White.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch UFC 249, including channels, pay-per-view prices and fight times.

UFC 249: TV, live stream for Ferguson vs. Gaethje

United States

In the United States, the UFC Fight Pass prelims, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, will be simulcast on UFC Fight Pass, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The prelims will continue exclusively on ESPN and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET. The ESPN+ pay-per-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET.

Canada

In Canada, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, the prelims are on TSN and RDS, and the PPV main card is on Bell, Rogers and Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus and Eastlink, as well as UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

Australia

In Australia, the early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN, and the PPV main card, at 2 p.m./12 p.m. AEST/AWST (Sunday), is on Main Event and Fetch TV, plus UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

Brazil

In Brazil, the prelims and main card (11 p.m. BRT) are on Combate.

United Kingdom

In the UK, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, the prelims are on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport, and the main card is available at 3 a.m. GMT (Sunday) on BT Sport.

Ireland

In Ireland, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, the prelims are on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport, and the main card is available at 3 a.m. GMT (Sunday) on BT Sport.

Germany

In Germany, the early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, and the main card is available at 4 a.m. CET (Sunday) on DAZN, the global sports streaming service, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass. DAZN also offers coverage of the main card in Austria.

Italy

In Italy, the early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, and the main card is available at 4 a.m. CET (Sunday) on DAZN, the global sports streaming service, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

Spain

In Spain, the early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, and the main card is available at 4 a.m. CET (Sunday) on DAZN, the global sports streaming service, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

Japan

In Japan, the main card is available at 11 a.m. JST (Sunday) on Wowow.

You can learn more about how to watch in other countries at UFC.com

What time does UFC 249 start?

  • UFC Fight Pass Prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET | 3:30 p.m. PT
  • UFC 249 Prelims: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
  • UFC 249 PPV: 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT 

Broadcast coverage of UFC 249 will begin with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by the prelims at 8 p.m. The pay-per-view main card is set to begin at 10 p.m. ET. Ferguson and Gaethje are expected to hit the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET, although the exact time depends on the length of the earlier fights.

How much is UFC 249 pay-per-view?

  • PPV price: $64.99 USD

In the United States, the main card of UFC 249 is available via pay per view on ESPN+, which requires a monthly or annual subscription. The PPV price for UFC 249 is $64.99 for current subscribers. For new subscribers, a bundle price of UFC 249 and an ESPN+ annual subscription is $84.98. 

Pricing globally varies, depending on region and platform. 

UFC 249 full fight card

Main card 

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for interim lightweight championship
  • Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz for the UFC bantamweight championship
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik; Heavyweight
  • Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar; Featherweight
  • Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro; Heavyweight 

Prelims 

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis; Welterweight
  • Alexey Oleynik vs. Fabricio Werdum; Heavyweight
  • Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson; Women's Strawweight
  • Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price; Welterweight
  • Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa; Featherweight
  • Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey; Light heavyweight 

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