Justin Gaethje says the circumstances surrounding the UFC 249 major occasion are lower than supreme, however “a struggle is a struggle.” The fourth-ranked light-weight vowed he’d be prepared for any alternative in 2020 and stored his phrase by taking a short-notice interim light-weight title bout in opposition to top-rated Tony Ferguson on Saturday. Their battle highlights the 12-bout UFC 249 struggle card from Vystar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville.

Though Gaethje has overtly lamented the shortage of a full coaching camp, he instructed the media he believes the stylistic matchup will enable him to achieve the unpredictable Ferguson along with his signature energy pictures. Gaethje has gained three straight fights by first-round knockout, whereas Ferguson has stopped 5 of his previous six opponents. 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 (-220) defends the bantamweight crown in opposition to Dominick Cruz (+180). Earlier than you lock in any picks for the UFC 249 card, be sure you take a look at the newest UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley.

Marley gained 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 yr, $100 bettors who’ve adopted Marley’s picks are up almost $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 determination. He argued that Adesanya would decide Romero aside on the ft and was confirmed appropriate, 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 Battle Evening 170, the final UFC occasion. Anybody who has constantly adopted Marley is means up.

Now, with UFC 249 quick approaching, Marley has rigorously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized one of the best worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each struggle. These choices 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 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 major 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 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 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 one among Marley’s UFC 249 predictions right here: He’s backing Calvin Kattar (-240) in opposition to Jeremy Stephens (+200) in a gathering of top-10 featherweights.

Nicknamed “The Boston Finisher,” Kattar (20-4) has rapidly earned a status as one of the expert fighters within the division. The No. 9-ranked Kattar has recorded finishes in three of his 4 UFC victories, however wants a win to get again on monitor after his momentum was halted with a choice loss in opposition to Zabit Magomedsharipov in November. The bout earned Battle of the Evening honors.

The No. 7-ranked Stephens (28-17-1) is broadly thought-about one of many heaviest punchers within the historical past of the division. Stephens is understood for his fearlessness and action-packed bouts, but additionally has struggled to take care of consistency all through his UFC profession. He has gone 0-3-1 in his previous 4 fights to offset a three-bout profitable streak.

“Stephens can knock out anyone, however I feel it’s KO-or-bust for him. I’ll aspect with him not getting it. As an alternative, he’ll lose a unanimous determination,” Marley instructed SportsLine.

Tips on how 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 decide 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 achieved knowledgeable who’s up virtually $19,000, and discover out.

UFC 249 odds

Tony Ferguson (-190) vs. Justin Gaethje (+160)
Henry Cejudo (-220) vs. Dominick Cruz (+180)
Francis Ngannou (-280) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+230)
Calvin Kattar (-240) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+200)
Anthony Pettis (-150) vs. Donald Cerrone (+125)
Greg Hardy (-195) vs. Yorgan De Castro (+165)
Fabricio Werdum (-330) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (+260)
Carla Esparza (-160) vs. Michelle Waterson (+135)
Jacare Souza (-125) vs. Uriah Corridor (+105)
Vicente Luque (-280) vs. Niko Value (+230)
Bryce Mitchell (-165) vs. Charles Rosa (+140)
Ryan Spann (-420) vs. Sam Alvey (+330)