Tony Ferguson hasn’t been shy about sharing his quarantine coaching strategies, which embody carrying monumental tires on his again and breakdancing the wrong way up in opposition to a wall. “El Cucuy” insists the unorthodox exercises have him in prime form for his showdown on Saturday in opposition to Justin Gaethje in the principle occasion of UFC 249. The 12-bout UFC 249 battle card, beforehand postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will happen at Vystar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Fla.

The UFC cease is headlined by the top-ranked Ferguson’s second quest for the interim light-weight title in opposition to the relentless and fourth-ranked Gaethje, who shall be making his first UFC title look. Ferguson is a -190 favourite (threat $190 to win $100), whereas Gaethje is a +160 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, ensure you try the newest UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley.

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

At UFC 248, Marley informed SportsLine members to count on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title in opposition to Yoel Romero (+235) by unanimous choice. 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 shocking 9-2-1 at UFC Struggle Night time 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 one of the best worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each battle. These alternatives are solely accessible 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 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 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 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 principal 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 call twice in his profession. See Marley’s picks for Ferguson vs. Gaethje and each battle on the upcoming UFC 249 card right here.

High UFC 249 predictions

We’ll share one among Marley’s UFC 249 predictions right here: He’s backing Yorgan De Castro (+160) to tug off the upset of Greg Hardy (-180) in a conflict of heavyweight prospects to kick off the principle card. 

Hardy, a one-time Professional Bowl choice as a defensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers, has emerged as a divisive determine amongst MMA followers. Many are turned off by the previous soccer participant’s conceitedness and points exterior of the Octagon.

Nevertheless, even his detractors will admit Hardy has made speedy progress in his MMA pursuits. The 31-year-old is 2-2-1 in 5 UFC appearances, with a loss by disqualification and a no-contest due to a guidelines violation. However the 31-year-old gave a decent exhibiting in a call loss in opposition to No. 7-ranked Alexander Volkov in his final bout.

The 33-year-old De Castro (6-0) is thought for his punching energy and weighed in on the heavyweight restrict of 265 kilos for his UFC debut in October. He landed a first-round knockout over fellow newcomer Justin Tafa.

“De Castro can have an edge on the bottom if he can get it there, and I might see him getting a ground-and-pound end,” Marley informed SportsLine.

The best 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 virtually $19,000, and discover out.

UFC 249 odds

Tony Ferguson (-190) vs. Justin Gaethje (+160)
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)