UFC 249 predictions: Who has the edge between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje?

Calvin Kattar has an important fight Saturday night at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida. He has been training for months to compete against Jeremy Stephens -- a key bout in the featherweight division.

Once that's done, though, Kattar will turn his focus to how he can watch the main event: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for the UFC interim lightweight title.

"It's gonna be a war," Kattar said. "Two real killers, man. Flip a coin on that one. They're both game fighters. I'm a fan of both. I can't wait to watch the fight. I think this one is bound to deliver."

Ferguson (25-3) has won 12 in a row -- a UFC lightweight record -- with nine finishes over that span, which stretches back to 2012. The 36-year-old California native has won the fight of the night bonus in five of his past six fights. Ferguson is ESPN's No. 6-ranked pound-for-pound fighter.

Gaethje (21-2) is stepping in for lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, who said when UFC 249 was originally scheduled for April 18 that he was unable to compete due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions. Gaethje, 31, has won three straight with three finishes. He has won seven fight-night bonuses in six UFC fights, including two in his UFC debut in 2017.

Very few are doubting how action-packed this bout will be. But what about who will win? ESPN asked several fighters and coaches -- including those who have fought Ferguson, such as Kevin Lee, Josh Thomson, Lando Vannata and Yves Edwards -- who they see emerging victorious from the highly anticipated battle.

Kevin Lee, UFC lightweight; lost to Ferguson in 2017

"I actually think