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Who won Gaethje vs Ferguson?
Justin Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson by , during the main event of UFC 249, on Saturday 9th May 2020 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Justin Gaethje.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Gaethje vs Ferguson stats
Justin Gaethje stepped into the ring with a record of 21 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 18 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Tony Ferguson made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Gaethje had a massive power advantage over Ferguson, boasting at 86% knock out percentage over Ferguson's 0%.
Justin Gaethje was the younger man by 5 years, at 32 years old.
Ferguson had 6-inch reach advantage.
Gaethje was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 23 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 3 year and 4 months later than Ferguson, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 17 less professional rounds, 52 to Ferguson's 69.
Gaethje vs Ferguson form
Justin Gaethje had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on 14th September 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada.
Previous to that, he had won against Edson Barboza at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat James Vick at UFC Fight Night 135 on 25th August 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln.
Before that, he had been beaten by Dustin Poirier at UFC on FOX 29 on 14th April 2018 by knockout in the 4th round at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
He had lost to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on 2nd December 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.
Ferguson had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 on 12th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 on 9th May 2020 by knockout in the 5th round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 238 on 8th June 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at United Center, Chicago.
Before that, he had won against Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 on 6th October 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
He had defeated Kevin Lee at UFC 216 on 7th October 2017 by submission in the 3rd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Justin Gaethje had been fighting more than Tony Ferguson.
Going to this contest, Justin Gaethje had last fought 2 years and 3 days ago, while Tony Ferguson's last outing had been 9 months and 5 days ago.
Gaethje's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Ferguson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.