The World Series of Fighting’s bantamweight title will be on the line in the main event of WSOF 28 on Saturday, February 20th, live at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Marlon Moraes will put his 135 lb title on the line against number one contender Joseph Barajas.
Moraes appeared on the first ever WSOF card back in 2012 and has failed to suffer defeat in any of his eight fights with the promotion. His last loss came back in November 2011.
Barajas made his WSOF debut in November and defeated Erik Villalobos by TKO to earn the opportunity to challenge Moraes for his title. Barajas comes into the fight with 12 wins and just one loss on his record, which took place in October of 2014.
In the co-main event, Timur “Lucky” Valiev and Chris “El Guapo” Gutierrez will square off in a bantamweight fight, with the winner expected to be granted a title fight against the winner of Moraes-Barajas.
Valiev has taken the WSOF world by storm with victories in his first four fights in the promotion, two of which have been TKOs.
Gutierrez will be making his World Series of Fighting debut against Valiev. “El Guapo” comes into the fight on a six-fight winning streak including a recent 25-minute decision victory over Bendy Casmir.
The card also features a clash between Jamie Yager and Greg Parker and a welterweight fight between Andrew Ramm and Ozzie Alvarez.
As live sporting events start to creep back onto the calendar, one will be eagerly awaited by MMA fans: UFC 249.
The event was supposed to be on April 18, but will be in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday. No fans will be in attendance.
The main card — originally a showdown between perhaps the world’s best fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson — has changed from the initial plan. Travel restrictions prevent Nurmagomedov from fighting. So Justin Gaethje will be vying against Ferguson.
Also on the card are Henry Cejudo, who will defend his title against former champion Dominick Cruz. Additionally, some of the top Heavyweight fighters in the world, Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, will face off in the octagon.
How do I watch UFC 249?
It will be air live as a pay-per-view event on ESPN+.
How much is it?
Given you have to subscribe to ESPN+, there are a few options. You can sign up for a free trial, then purcahse the event for $64.99. (A membership is $4.99/month.) Or you can do a bundle for new subscribers. That would be $84.98 and includes UFC 249.
What time is UFC 249 tonight?
Early Prelims (Airing on UFC Fight Pass, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Vicente Luque vs Niko Price
- Bryce Mitchell vs Charles Rosa
- Ryan Spann vs Sam Alvey
Prelims (Airing on ESPN and ESPN+, starting at 8 p.m. ET)
Main Card (Airing on ESPN+, starting at 10 p.m. ET)
- Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
- Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz
- Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar
- Greg Hardy vs Yorgan De Castro
Check back here on Saturday night and Sunday morning for more on UFC 249.
MIAMI — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said.
According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for McGregor called the altercation “minor” and said the popular fighter would cooperate with authorities.
McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5 a.m. Monday when a 22-year-old man attempted to take a picture of McGregor, the police report said. Police said McGregor slapped the phone out of the man’s hand and then stomped on it several times. McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area, the report said. Police later found McGregor at his local address.
McGregor was being held on $12,500 bail.
“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cellphone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” Samuel J. Rabin Jr., a Miami-based attorney representing McGregor, said in a statement. “Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
McGregor, who’s from Ireland, is the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion and one of the biggest draws in MMA. He returned to UFC last fall after a hiatus during which he made his boxing debut, a loss to Floyd Mayweather. He was suspended from UFC for six months and fined $50,000 for a brawl after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.