The UFC was the final main sports activities group to carry a stay occasion earlier than the coronavirus pandemic put your entire sporting realm on maintain. The blended martial arts large seems to be the primary one to return as effectively. The fights resume with a stacked card at UFC 249 on Saturday, Might 9 in Jacksonville, Fla. The 12-bout UFC 249 card from Vystar Veterans Memorial Area is topped by not one, however two world title fights, with the primary occasion that includes an interim light-weight bout between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.

In mid-March, UFC Struggle Evening 170 was held in Brazil in an empty enviornment simply because the pandemic was forcing the shutdown of all giant public gatherings. The UFC tried to maintain going, however subsequently noticed 4 occasions postponed. 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, 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 often on a number of MMA betting and DFS exhibits. Over the previous yr, $100 bettors who’ve adopted Marley’s picks are up practically $19,000.

At UFC 248, Marley informed SportsLine members to anticipate middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title towards Yoel Romero (+235) by unanimous choice. 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 surprising 9-2-1 at UFC Struggle Evening 170, the final UFC occasion. Anybody who has persistently adopted Marley is method 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 battle. These choices 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 profitable streak and hasn’t misplaced since Might 2012. He’s revered for his fearlessness and talent to win by way 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 Preventing champion who has been ready for a title alternative amid a crowded division. It’s believed the winner of the Might 9 important 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 call twice in his profession. See Marley’s picks for Ferguson vs. Gaethje and each battle on the upcoming UFC 249 card right here.

Prime UFC 249 predictions

We’ll share certainly one of Marley’s UFC 249 predictions right here: He’s backing Vicente Luque (-265) to submit Niko Worth (+225) in a welterweight battle. 

The fighters beforehand met on the undercard of a Struggle Evening occasion in October 2017. Luque (17-7-1) received with a submission choke and began a streak of six consecutive victories. Nonetheless, the 30-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist noticed the streak halted with a call loss in an action-packed bout towards Stephen Thompson in November.

Worth (14-3-1) has garnered a powerful following amongst followers due to his easygoing nature outdoors of the Octagon and his fearless strategy inside it. He has one-punch knockout energy and has proven the power to complete from a wide range of positions. Worth memorably knocked out James Vick with an up-kick from the underside of their October bout.

Nonetheless, the MMA analyst sees the favored Luque having the stylistic benefit. “Worth is a wild man and has but to see the third spherical of a UFC battle in 10 outings,” Marley informed SportsLine.

The right way 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 may solely see each choose for each UFC battle right here.

Who wins Ferguson vs. Gaethje? And the way precisely does every battle finish? Go to SportsLine now to get detailed picks on each UFC 249 battle, all from the achieved professional 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)