UFC 249 LIVE RESULTS – Ferguson vs Gaethje: Ferguson IN HOSPITAL, Gaethje lines up Khabib AND Conor McGregor – The Sun

JUSTIN GAETHJE was victorious over Tony Ferguson with a brutal 5th round KO at UFC 249.

And after the match, the American immediately called out Khabib Nurmagomedov, saying "there's no other challenge I want right now".

  • Ferguson taken to hospital after being stopped by Gaethje in round five
  • Cejudo retired after his win over Cruz
  • Ngannou won with devastating first-round K.O
  • UFC also holding cards on May 13 and May 16 this week

Follow ALL of the latest reaction from a memorable card below…

  • JUSTIN TIME

    Justin Gaethje still wants to settle the score with Conor McGregor – but only after fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov.

    “Khabib is the best in the world,” the American said after stopping Tony Ferguson.

    “I’ve been working since I was four for challenges like this.

    “And I’m happy to represent the United States of America versus Dagestan or Russia’s best.

    “He’s 28-0 and there’s no other challenge I want right now. I want to fight him.

    “Then I’ll go to Ireland and do what I got to do.”

  • EYE SPY

    Tony Ferguson suffered a horror broken eye-socket as a result of his UFC 249 loss to Justin Gaethje.

    Ferguson was dominated in the main-event in Florida before eventually being stopped on his feet in the fifth and final round.

    Gaethje had his opponent stunned several times with his left hook specifically causing damage to Ferguson's right eye.

    Yahoo Sports revealed the 36-year-old American suffered a gruesome broken orbital bone.

  • CALL A KHAB

    Khabib Nurmagomedov appeared to open the door for a match with Justin Gaethje with a tweet in Russian following the Ferguson fight.

    He wrote: “In this sport, and especially in this weight there will always be hungry lions that will breathe in your back, if you relax, then you will end.

    “Some leave and others come, there is nothing to be surprised [about].

    “But I won’t fall before the shot. We will still fight.”

  • UP FOR A RUCK

    Former Saracens rugby star Jacques Burger thoroughly enjoyed UFC 249 behind closed doors.

    He said that the sound of every shot that connects is incredible and gave him even greater respect for the fighters involved.

  • "USA, USA!"

    Justin Gaethje said he is keen for a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov and would be proud to represent the United States against Dagestan's best.

    Gaethje commented: “Khabib is the best in the world.

    “I've been working since I was four for challenges like this, and I'm happy to represent the United States of America against Dagestan (Khabib's home region), or Russia's best.

    “He's 28-0, and there's no other challenge I want right now. I want to fight him.”

  • CORM ON THEN

    Greg Hardy said he thoroughly enjoyed not having a crowd at UFC 249… as it meant he could listen to commentator Daniel Cormier's advice.

    Hardy, who beat Yorgan de Castro, said: “Thank God for not having the crowd.

    “Shout out to DC. I heard him tell me to check him, so I started trying to check him. Game changer.”

  • AVERAGE JOE

    UFC commentator Joe Rogan had fans in stitches as almost said his patented, ‘Ryan Spann, everybody’ in an empty arena.

  • "I'M A F****** KILLER"

    The moment Justin Gaethje stunned Tony Ferguson…

  • PUNCH DRUNK

    Dominick Cruz has remarkably accused referee Keith Peterson of smelling like “alcohol and cigarettes”.

    The 35-year-old was making his return to the octagon after four years away as he stepped in for Jose Aldo at late notice, but saw his fight with Henry Cejudo stopped by Peterson in the dying embers of round two.

    He told ESPN: “That was an early stoppage, 100 per cent – I'm positive of it.

    “'I wish there was a way to keep these refs a little more responsible sometimes.

    “The guy smelled like alcohol and cigarettes, so who knows what he was doing. Definitely. I wish they drug tested them.

    “I know Herb Dean is good. He's one of the best refs.

    “I immediately when I saw that ref I was like, 'Man, is there a way to veto a ref and get a new one?' I wonder that.”

  • NGANN-ED DOWN

    Francis Ngannou took to Twitter to celebrate his victory against Jairzinho Rozenstruik which was achieved after just 19 seconds.

  • CALL A KHAB

    After his stunning victory last night, Justin Gaethje can't wait to face Khabib in the Octagon for the Lightweight crown…

  • TOP TRUMPS

    Donald Trump urged sport leagues to return as he congratulated Dana White and the UFC on their historic 249 event.

    The US President addressed the MMA world in a pre-recorded video outside the White House before the start of the show.

    He said: “We love it, we think it's important. Get the sports leagues back, let's play.

    “You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do, but we need sports, we want our sports back, and congratulations to Dana White, UFC.”

  • TAKING THE MIKE

    Francis Ngannou has a huge fan in 'Iron' Mike Tyson!

  • CALL A KHAB

    Khabib Nurmagomedov appeared more than receptive to the idea of a fight with Justin Gaethje after watching his 5th round KO against Tony Ferguson.

    Tweeting in Russian, he wrote: “In this sport, and especially in this weight there will always be hungry lions that will breathe in your back, if you relax, then you will end.

    “Some leave and others come, there is nothing to be surprised.

    “But I won’t fall before the shot. We will still fight.”

  • DAN GOOD SHOW

    Dana White seemed impressed as he watched Justin Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson from his ringside seat.

  • BY GEORGES

    Georges St Pierre will be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame, it was announced last night.

    St Pierre will enter the very select group as part of the 'Modern Wing', joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018), Michael Bisping (2019) – whom he beat for the middleweight title – and Rashad Evans (2019).

    UFC boss Dana White said: “Georges St-Pierre is a pioneer of Canadian MMA who helped build the sport globally.

    “He is the most famous athlete to ever come out of Canada and one of the greatest martial artists of all-time.

    “We’re proud to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2020.”

  • HEN PARTY

    Henry Cejudo bowed out on the highest of high notes after beating much fancied Dominick Cruz at Bantamweight.

  • KO NO-GO

    Francis Ngannou says he wasn't interested in a knockout win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, despite achieving one in just 19 seconds.

    He commented: ““I had fun out there, it wasn’t something I was chasing.

    “When I chase the knockout, it doesn’t work, so I don’t chase anymore.

    “When he called me out, I’m like, ‘This guy doesn’t know what he’s doing.’

    “He just came here and had a few knockouts, but I didn’t see anything impressive, but I don’t mind people calling me out.”

  • “I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT TAKES”

    Francis Ngannou is fed up of being overlooked for a UFC title shot.

    He said: “I don’t know what it takes to have a title shot in the UFC.

    “To be honest, I’ve made my peace with that.

    “It’s not that I don’t care, but I don’t want to feel like something is controlling me.

    “With or without a title shot, I’m still a fighter and still have what I have and can make a statement.”

  • STUNK OUT THE PLACE

    Dominick Cruz has sensationally claimed that the referee who called a stop to his fight with Henry Cejudo stunk of cigarettes and alcohol at UFC 249.

    He said on the post-fight show on ESPN: “That was an early stoppage, 100 percent – I'm positive of it. I wish there was a way to keep these refs a little more responsible sometimes.

    “The guy smelled like alcohol and cigarettes, so who knows what he was doing. Definitely (he did). I wish they drug tested them.

    “I know Herb Dean is good. He's one of the best refs. I immediately when I saw that ref I was like, 'Man, is there a way to veto a ref and get a new one?' I wonder that.”

  • TAKING THE MIKE

    Boxing legend Mike Tyson was full of praise for Francis Ngannou's 19-second knockout against Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

    Iron Mike posted on Twitter: “Resounding … vicious …. future champ. francesnyngonu 20 second knockout 2nite.”

  • “INCREDIBLE DISCIPLINE AND DETERMINATION”

    UFC 249 had the support of one of the biggest names in sport as Tom Brady praised the event and all its fighters.

  • FRANC TALKING

    Francis Ngannou was just a bit pleased with his 19-second knockout of Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

  • TRUMP CARD

    President Donald Trump opened up UFC 249 with a pre-recorded message of support for Dana White and his team.

    He said: “Let's play. “You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do.

    “But we need sports. We want our sports back.”

    Dana White has been an enthusiastic supporter of Trump and spoke at the Republican Convention in 2016.

  • “GOD SPEED”

    Conor McGregor posted a message of support for all the UFC 249 fighters before their big match-ups overnight.

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