Tony Ferguson has gone over six years since tasting defeat. The veteran floor knowledgeable seeks his 13th consecutive victory when he takes on Justin Gaethje for the interim light-weight title on Could 9 in the principle occasion of UFC 249. The principle card from VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Fla. is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. Ferguson (26-3), who’s ranked No. 1 within the light-weight division and held the interim title lower than three years in the past, will likely be preventing for the primary time since June.

Ferguson initially was scheduled to problem Khabib Nurmagomedov for the crown, however the present light-weight champion was changed attributable to journey points created by the coronavirus pandemic. Gaethje (21-2) will likely be collaborating in his seventh profession title battle and first within the UFC. Ferguson is a -180 favourite (threat $180 to win $100), whereas Gaethje is a +155 underdog within the newest Ferguson vs. Gaethje odds from William Hill. Within the co-main occasion, Henry Cejudo (-240) defends his bantamweight title towards two-time former champion Dominick Cruz (+200). Earlier than making any UFC 249 picks, ensure you see the UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Brandon Sensible.

A CBS Sports activities editor specializing in MMA, Sensible has been dissecting the game for 5 years. He focuses on choosing main-card fights for UFC, which has enabled him to be worthwhile yearly. Sensible went an ideal 5-Zero at UFC 239 and 4-1 at UFC 245. He additionally nailed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s destruction of Conor McGregor in 2018, Stipe Miocic’s upset of Daniel Cormier and Max Holloway’s downfall in 2019. Throughout UFC 247 and UFC 248, Sensible went 7-Three together with his main-card picks, returning wholesome income for anybody following them.

Sensible additionally nailed the principle occasion of UFC 248 in March, telling SportsLine members to anticipate middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title towards Yoel Romero (+235) by unanimous determination. He argued that Adesanya would preserve the motion on the ft and was confirmed appropriate because the champ landed quite a few leg kicks en path to victory. Anybody who has persistently adopted Sensible is method up.

Now, with UFC 249 quick approaching, Sensible rigorously has studied each matchup on the principle card, recognized one of the best worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for every battle. He is solely sharing these choices right here.

Ferguson vs. Gaethje knowledgeable preview

Sensible is aware of Ferguson had been getting ready to battle Nurmagomedov, who presently is caught in Russia. It marks the fifth time a matchup between the 2 has didn’t happen after being booked.

Ferguson is within the midst of the longest successful streak in UFC light-weight historical past. The 36-year-old Californian has received 12 consecutive fights, the final being a second-round TKO towards Donald Cerrone on June 8. 

A former collegiate wrestling champion, Ferguson has not misplaced since dropping a unanimous determination to Michael Johnson on Could 5, 2012. He captured the interim light-weight championship with a submission win over Kevin Lee in October 2017, however was stripped of the title after withdrawing from a battle with Nuragomedov in April 2018 attributable to a torn knee ligament.

Ferguson’s successful streak may come to an finish towards the fourth-ranked Gaethje, who has recorded three straight victories after struggling back-to-back losses. The 31-year-old from Arizona’s most up-to-date win additionally got here towards Cerrone, as he scored a TKO within the first spherical on Sept. 14. Get Sensible’s predictions for Ferguson vs. Reyes and each foremost card battle right here.

Prime UFC 249 foremost card predictions

Certainly one of Sensible’s UFC 249 predictions: He’s backing Yorgan De Castro (+150) to document an upset win over Greg Hardy (-175) in a heavyweight bout initially scheduled to headline the UFC Columbus card in March that was canceled.

De Castro has but to lose in his younger MMA profession, successful his first six fights. The 33-year-old from the island nation of Cape Verde has recorded 5 of his victories by knockout, together with a first-round TKO of Justin Tafa on Oct. 5 in his UFC debut.

A former Professional-Bowl defensive finish for the Carolina Panthers who spent six seasons within the NFL, Hardy has gone 5-2 with one no contest since making his MMA debut in June 2018. The 31-year-old striker, who at 6-5 has a five-inch top benefit over De Castro, is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Alexander Volkov in November.

The best way to make Ferguson vs. Gaethje picks

Sensible additionally has sturdy picks for Ferguson vs. Gaethje and each different bout on the principle UFC 249 battle card. He is additionally backing a fighter whose “explosiveness” will propel him to a decisive victory. Get each choose for each battle on the UFC 249 foremost card at SportsLine.

Who wins Ferguson vs. Gaethje? And the way precisely does every battle finish? See the most recent UFC 249 odds beneath after which go to SportsLine now to get detailed picks on each battle on the UFC 249 foremost card, all from the achieved knowledgeable who has been worthwhile for 5 straight years.

UFC 249 foremost card odds (through William Hill)

Tony Ferguson (-180) vs. Justin Gaethje (+155)
Henry Cejudo (-240) vs. Dominick Cruz (+200)
Francis Ngannou (-260) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+210)
Calvin Kattar (-240) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+200)
Greg Hardy (-175) vs. Yorgan De Castro (+150)