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How to watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje live in Australia

Tony Ferguson takes on Justin Gaethje for the interim Lightweight Championship as some professional sport returns at UFC 249.

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UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje isn't the headline act originally promised, but the revamped card is still a blockbuster and most people won't care as they finally have some top-level professional sport to watch.

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was putting his undefeated record on the line against Ferguson, but the coronavirus pandemic and travel bans meant he was unable to confirm his place on the card.

Instead, Justin Gaethje has stepped in at short notice for a night of mixed martial arts originally slated for 19 April at an undisclosed location. Now it's back at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on a night when there will be no fans in the stadium. It is the first of three UFC events being held over eight days at the same venue.

What time does Ferguson vs Gaethje UFC 249 start in Australia?

A massive day of MMA is getting underway on Sunday 10 May. The early prelims start at 8:30am AEST, with Cowboy Cerrone headlining the prelims which start at 10am. The five-fight main card then commences at midday AEST.
Here's what time you need to be at the ready for the main card depending on where you are in Australia.

  • Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart: 12:00pm AEST
  • Adelaide and Darwin: 11:30am ACST
  • Perth 10:00am AWST

How to watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje

As usual, there is a range of details you need to know when it comes to watching all of a UFC card. ESPN is showing the preliminary fights, while the main card is exclusive to pay-per-view on Main Event. You can see our complete guide to watching the UFC here.

How to watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje preliminary card

The prelims are on ESPN, with the broadcast starting from 8am AEST. You can follow along with Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Fetch TV and UFC Fight Pass. Among these options, Kayo is the pick for live sport.

Live stream UFC 249 via Kayo Sports

While Kayo traditionally offers more than 50 sports, right now it has hundreds of hours of timeless content to keep you entertained during the pandemic. It also has access to every single UFC Fight Night. In terms of cost, a Basic subscription is $25/month which allows you to watch on 2 screens. For $35/month a Premium subscription gives you 3 screens.

Kayo has a 14-day free trial so you can see if Kayo is right for you. There are a range of features, such as SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once.

Kayo is compatible with Android and iOS devices, PC, Mac, Android TV, Telstra TV, Apple TV, Samsung TV (2017 model or later), Chromecast and AirPlay. You can check out our full Kayo review for more detailed information.

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Watch Pettis vs Cerrone on Foxtel

ESPN is available to also watch on both Foxtel IQ and Foxtel Now. Of the two services, Foxtel Now is the only one that can be signed up to and set up quickly. There's even a 10-day free trial. After that if you wish to continue on the Essentials pack is $25/month and Sports is $29/month. You can see the compatible devices here.

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How to watch UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje Main Card

Main Event on Foxtel, Fetch TV, UFC Fight Pass and PS4 are the exclusive providers of the main card. You will need to purchase the fight to watch it live or catch a replay through one of these options.

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Watch UFC 249 on Main Event

If you have a Foxtel subscription, UFC 249 costs $54.95. You can order it via the Main Event website, with the My Foxtel app, your Foxtel remote or over the phone. You can also order the fight if you have Optus TV featuring Foxtel, only over the phone. Ordering through a phone agent will incur an additional $2 booking fee.

Stream UFC 249 on Fight Pass

The UFC's official streaming site is another option for checking out Ferguson vs Gaethje. It costs $54.95. You can also opt to subscribe to Fight Pass for $10.99 per month or $104.99 for an annual pass.

It is compatible with Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, iPad, iPhone and Android devices, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, Roku, LG Smart TVs or on desktops and laptops.

Check out our 2020 UFC schedule here

Stream Ferguson vs Gaethje on your PlayStation 4

If you have a PlayStation 4 console, you also have access to the fights. Look for Live Events in the PS store. Once you have purchased the fight you can watch it through the "videos" menu. It costs $54.95 but is only $49.95 if you are already a PlayStation Plus member.

Watch UFC 249 with Fetch TV

Using your Fetch box, go to "manage" and then "subscriptions". Once you have made the purchase for $54.95, you can watch it on Fetch TV or your mobile using the app.

UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje full card

Main card

  • Interim Lightweight title fight: Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
  • Bantamweight title fight: Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz
  • Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  • Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar
  • Heavyweight: Greg Hardy vs Yorgan De Castro

Prelims

  • Welterweight: Anthony Pettis vs Donald Cerrone
  • Heavyweight: Aleksei Oleinik vs Fabricio Werdum
  • Women's strawweight: Carla Esparza vs Michelle Waterson
  • Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs Ronaldo Souza

Update - Uriah Hall vs Ronaldo Souza is now cancelled after Souza tested positive to coronavirus. UFC boss Dana White doesn't expect this to affect any other fights on the card or other upcoming events.

UFC 249 preview

The UFC's much vaunted private island was a mooted venue for this event, while it was first scheduled to take place in Brooklyn before UFC 249 was postponed indefinitely.

Headlined by the interim Lightweight Championship fight between Ferguson and Gaethje, Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo will also defend his belt against former champion Dominick Cruz.

Heavyweight standouts Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik will also face off, along with a clash of veteran contenders Anthony Pettis and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone on a packed card.

Women's strawweight champion Rose Namajunas last month tragically withdrew from her co-main event with Jessica Andrade due to two coronavirus deaths in her family.

Who will win UFC 249 Ferguson vs Gaethje?

Even though Nurmagomedov isn't involved, this is considered just about the second best option out there and has fight fans excited. These are two fighters with incredibly high work rates and who move forward at just about all times.

Gaethje has a record of 21-2 and has won his last 3 fights in devastating fashion, all inside the first round. Ferguson's record is 25-3 and he is on an extraordinary 12-fight winning run. You can see why everyone is so hopeful this fight goes ahead.

Ferguson is unsurprisingly the favourite considering his winning run, but this really could go either way. We'll opt for Ferguson by split decision.

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