As quickly as Florida categorised skilled sports activities as a necessary enterprise, UFC president Dana White knew he had a house for UFC 249. Just some days later, White introduced that the UFC 249 combat card, beforehand delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, would happen on Saturday, Might 9 within the Sunshine State. The 12-fight UFC 249 card will likely be held at Vystar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville and is anchored by two must-see title fights.

In the principle occasion, top-ranked light-weight Tony Ferguson takes on No. 4-rated Justin Gaethje for the interim light-weight crown. 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 in opposition to Dominick Cruz (+200). Earlier than you lock in any picks for the UFC 249 card, be sure to try the newest UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley.

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

At UFC 248, Marley instructed SportsLine members to count on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title in opposition to Yoel Romero (+235) by unanimous resolution. He argued that Adesanya would choose 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 shocking 9-2-1 at UFC Combat Evening 170, the final UFC occasion. Anybody who has constantly adopted Marley is manner up.

Now, with UFC 249 quick approaching, Marley has fastidiously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized the most effective worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each combat. These picks are solely out there 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 Might 2012. He’s revered for his fearlessness and talent to win via 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 Sequence of Preventing champion who has been ready for a title alternative amid a crowded division. It’s believed the winner of the Might 9 fundamental 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 gained 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 call 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 considered one of Marley’s UFC 249 predictions right here: He’s backing Ryan Spann (-380) to get his hand raised in opposition to Sam Alvey (+300) in a light-weight heavyweight bout.

Spann (17-5), 28, has gained all three of his UFC bouts, two coming by stoppage. He is available in on a seven-fight win streak total, which incorporates bouts within the Legacy Preventing Alliance.

Alvey (33-13-1) made his UFC debut in 2014 and has emerged as a fan favourite due to his gregarious nature exterior of the Octagon and an easy combating type. Nevertheless, the 33-year-old Wisconsin native hasn’t tasted victory in practically two years and is trying to cease a three-fight shedding streak.

“Spann would be the one urgent ahead and touchdown extra. He additionally has extra energy and the higher chin,” Marley instructed SportsLine.

Easy methods to make UFC 249 picks

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 possibly can solely see each choose 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 achieved 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)