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Where do we go from here? UFC 249

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Travis Lizotte Full Contact Writer

Methuen's Calvin Kattar (21-4) has quickly established himself as "the crown jewel of New England MMA." Pictured here with Manager/Coach Tyson Chartier (left) and Coach Carlos Neto (Right).

Saturday May 9th, from the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida the UFC led the sporting world back to some semblance of normalcy as UFC 249: Ferguson v. Gaethje lived up to every ounce of hype surrounding what was dubbed as one of the best fight cards in recent memory. In the main event Elevation Fight Team’s Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (22-2) beat the brakes off former interim UFC Lightweight Champion; Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (25-4) for the better part of five championship rounds before referee Herb Dean called a haul to their interim Lightweight Championship bout, declaring Gaethje the Champion via fifth round TKO. Gaethje, who has all but guaranteed himself a showdown with the reigning Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0), did his part to hold up his side of the bargain, earning double fight night performance bonuses, his 9th such honor in just seven fights with the UFC. Ferguson v. Gaethje turned out to be the perfect cap to an absolute epic evening of fisticuffs from the Sunshine State.

New England fight fans had a chance to quench their fight night thirst as well Saturday night, as three former CES MMA stars made their highly anticipated Octagon returns inside the nearly empty northeast Florida arena. Although the region was only able to claim one victory Saturday night, the world will not soon forget why New England is one of the most blossoming regions on the MMA map. Ahead we take a look at all three New England fighters who fought on the UFC 249 card and play matchmaker as we forecast what their performances Saturday night could mean for Peabody’s Charles “Boston Strong” Rosa, Fall River’s Yorgan “The Mad Titan” De Castro and Methuen’s Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Kattar.

Charles “Boston Strong” Rosa (12-4) loses a chess match on the ground with Bryce Mitchell (13-0) by lopsided Unanimous Decision.