Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje have various abilities as combined martial artists, however their similarities are what make them two of the UFC’s hottest fighters. They’re relentless, fearless and keen to simply accept injury in an effort to ship pictures of their very own. The light-weight contenders meet on Saturday, Might 9 in the principle occasion of UFC 249. The highest-ranked Ferguson seeks his second interim light-weight title, as his much-anticipated bout towards sitting champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is on maintain indefinitely.

The fourth-ranked Gaethje earned the chance on the energy of three straight knockout victories. Ferguson is a -170 favourite (threat $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, ensure you take a look at the newest UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley.

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

At UFC 248, Marley instructed SportsLine members to anticipate middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title towards Yoel Romero (+235) by unanimous resolution. He argued that Adesanya would choose Romero aside on the toes 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 persistently adopted Marley is means up.

Now, with UFC 249 quick approaching, Marley has fastidiously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized the very best worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each struggle. These picks 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 profitable streak and hasn’t misplaced since Might 2012. He’s revered for his fearlessness and talent to win by means of a wide range of MMA disciplines. Six of his final eight victories have come by stoppage, together with a TKO of Donald Cerrone final yr 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 Collection of Combating champion who has been ready for a title alternative amid a crowded division. It’s believed the winner of the Might 9 predominant occasion will get to problem the Russian champ for the unified title.

Gaethje, 31, is understood 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 struggle on the upcoming UFC 249 card right here.

Prime UFC 249 predictions

We’ll share considered one of Marley’s UFC 249 predictions right here: He’s backing Fabricio Werdum (-310) to get a stoppage victory towards Aleksei Oleinik (+255) in a matchup of veteran heavyweight contenders. 

Werdum (23-8-1) is getting back from a greater than two-year layoff from the Octagon. The 42-year-old former champion is 3-2 in his final 5 bouts since shedding the title to present champion Stipe Miocic in Might 2016.

Oleinik (58-13-1) is broadly thought to be one of many high submission artists within the historical past of the heavyweight division. The 42-year-old snapped a two-fight shedding streak with an armbar submission of Maurice Greene in January.

“I hope we see this struggle hit the mat as a result of I’d like to see a grappling match between these two,” Marley instructed SportsLine. “Werdum is miles forward on the toes, and I’d choose him in a grappling match as effectively, so I’ve to lean with him because the choose.”

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Marley additionally has robust 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 may solely see each choose for each UFC struggle right here.

Who wins Ferguson vs. Gaethje? And the way precisely does every struggle finish? Go to SportsLine now to get detailed picks on each UFC 249 struggle, all from the completed skilled who’s up nearly $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 Worth (+225)
Bryce Mitchell (-175) vs. Charles Rosa (+155)
Ryan Spann (-380) vs. Sam Alvey (+300) 

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