The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of 4 UFC occasions, however promotion president Dana White has insisted the combined martial arts big would host fights as quickly as attainable. It appears as if he’ll ship on his promise, as UFC 249 is now set for Saturday, Could 9 in Jacksonville, Fla. The 12-fight UFC 249 card is highlighted by a pair of championship bouts, with Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje squaring off in the principle occasion for the interim light-weight title.

Gaethje vs. Ferguson would be the last act on one of the vital stacked UFC playing cards in current reminiscence. Ferguson is a -170 favourite (danger $170 to win $100), whereas Gaethje is a +150 underdog within the newest UFC 249 odds at William Hill. Within the co-main occasion, champion Henry Cejudo (-240) defends the bantamweight crown towards Dominick Cruz (+200). Earlier than you lock in any picks for the UFC 249 card, be sure to take a look at the most recent UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley.

Marley received the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and likewise seems repeatedly on a number of MMA betting and DFS exhibits. Over the previous 12 months, $100 bettors who’ve adopted Marley’s picks are up almost $19,000.

At UFC 248, Marley informed SportsLine members to count on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title towards Yoel Romero (+235) by unanimous determination. He argued that Adesanya would decide Romero aside on the ft and was confirmed right, because the champ dominated the motion with leg kicks whereas dodging Romero’s explosive energy. Additionally, Marley went a surprising 9-2-1 at UFC Combat Evening 170, the final UFC occasion. Anybody who has constantly adopted Marley is approach up.

Now, with UFC 249 quick approaching, Marley has rigorously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized the most effective worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each combat. These alternatives are solely obtainable at SportsLine.

Gaethje vs. Ferguson preview 

Marley is aware of the 36-year-old Ferguson (25-3) is available in on a 12-fight successful streak and hasn’t misplaced since Could 2012. He’s revered for his fearlessness and talent to win by means of quite a lot of MMA disciplines. Six of his final eight victories have come by stoppage, together with a TKO of Donald Cerrone final 12 months and a submission of Anthony Pettis in October 2018. The highest-ranked Ferguson briefly held the interim belt after beating Kevin Lee by submission in October 2017.

Ferguson faces a problem from the No. 4-ranked Gaethje (21-2), the previous World Sequence of Combating champion who has been ready for a title alternative amid a crowded division. It’s believed the winner of the Could 9 essential occasion will get to problem the Russian champ for the unified title.

Gaethje, 31, is thought for his knockout energy and relentless aggression. He began his UFC marketing campaign with a 1-2 mark, however has since received three straight bouts by first-round knockout. He stopped Cerrone in September 2019. Gaethje has 18 knockouts amongst his 21 profession MMA victories and solely gone to a choice twice in his profession. See Marley’s picks for Ferguson vs. Gaethje and each combat on the upcoming UFC 249 card right here.

High UFC 249 predictions

We’ll share one in all Marley’s UFC 249 predictions right here: He’s backing Francis Ngannou (-265) to get a stoppage victory towards Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+225) in a battle of heavyweight contenders.

Ngannou (14-3) is extensively thought-about the toughest puncher in MMA historical past. His devastating knockout of Alistair Overeem in 2017 is commonly considered essentially the most brutal in UFC historical past. The 33-year-old has received three straight bouts by stoppage following a two-fight dropping streak.

Rozenstruik (10-0) has seen his inventory rise behind a sequence of spectacular outings. The 32-year-old has received all 4 of his UFC bouts by stoppage and is coming off a fifth-round knockout of Overeem in December.

“Ngannou has extra energy, however Rozenstruik is the extra well-rounded striker and will win a choice or get a KO of his personal,” Marley informed SportsLine. “The almost certainly final result is that Ngannou will get a knockout end.”

Learn how to make UFC 249 picks

Marley additionally has sturdy picks for Ferguson vs. Gaethje and each different bout on the UFC 249 card. He is additionally backing one man who’s “the scariest fighter alive.” You possibly can solely see each decide for each UFC combat right here.

Who wins Ferguson vs. Gaethje? And the way precisely does every combat finish? Go to SportsLine now to get detailed picks on each UFC 249 combat, all from the completed skilled who’s up virtually $19,000, and discover out.

UFC 249 odds

Tony Ferguson (-170) vs. Justin Gaethje (+150)
Henry Cejudo (-240) vs. Dominick Cruz (+200)
Francis Ngannou (-270) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+230)
Calvin Kattar (-245) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+205)
Anthony Pettis (-130) vs. Donald Cerrone (+110)
Greg Hardy (-180) vs. Yorgan De Castro (+160)
Fabricio Werdum (-310) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (+255)
Carla Esparza (-145) vs. Michelle Waterson (+125)
Jacare Souza (-125) vs. Uriah Corridor (+105)
Vicente Luque (-265) vs. Niko Value (+225)
Bryce Mitchell (-175) vs. Charles Rosa (+155)
Ryan Spann (-380) vs. Sam Alvey (+300) 

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