Gaethje tapped as possible replacement to face Tony Ferguson

 

According to sources speaking to MMA Fighting on Monday, Gaethje has been tapped as a possible replacement to step in on short notice to face Ferguson. At this time, the fight hasn’t been accepted or signed by either fighter but this is the direction the UFC is moving in a last second scramble to try and save the event.
In addition to the UFC attempting to secure Gaethje for the main event, a heavyweight fight between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik is also in discussion to serve as the new co-main event on the card. That fight was originally expected to take place at UFC on ESPN 8 but the entire card was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A strawweight fight between former champions Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade is still expected to take place at UFC 249 as well.

UFC 249 is still expected to move forward as scheduled, although a location for the event has not been determined this time.

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