It’s official: Justin Gaethje has stepped in to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title in the main event of UFC 249, replacing undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
As expected, this announcement generated a wide range of reactions from fighters, fans, and members of the media alike. See some of the early reactions to this Ferguson vs. Gaethje fight at UFC 249 below.
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) April 6, 2020
Yessss!!! The mma drought is over 😭😭
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) April 6, 2020
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) April 6, 2020
AMAZING FIGHT FOR FIGHT FANS! …. THOUGHTS? https://t.co/nJ0YfWKADk
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) April 6, 2020
I almost feel like the UFC should be putting Ferguson vs. Gaethje on regular ESPN, with so many people staying home you would have everyone watching this fight. Not sure it’s a big PPV fight even though it’s a great fight. But on TV I think it could break records. Just my opinion
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) April 6, 2020
— James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) April 6, 2020
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) April 6, 2020
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje is an in incredible matchup on paper, but it feels a bit short-sighted. Are we really willing to risk Khabib vs. Tony?
As for the interim title… it seems a unnecessary. Those things carry as much clout as Kinder Surprise toys.
— Tom Taylor (@TomTayMMA) April 6, 2020
So, we’re believing that Ferguson-Gaethje is really going to happen when the president of the UFC jokingly announces that the fight will take place “somewhere on Earth,” less than two weeks before it’s scheduled to happen?
— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) April 6, 2020
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) April 6, 2020
What are your thoughts on Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje headlining UFC 249? Who do you think wins?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 4/6/2020.