The truth that they’re going to be battling in an empty area will not stop Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje from placing on an epic show. The soldiers will just do that after they collide for the interim light-weight title in UFC 249 on Saturday, the primary UFC occasion in nearly two months. The primary card is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET from VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Fla.

Followers won’t be in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic, however each fighters are recognized for his or her means to fulfill the viewers with their abilities and Ferguson is using a 12-fight profitable streak. 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 to 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 12 months, $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 resolution. He argued that Adesanya would decide Romero aside on the toes and was confirmed appropriate, 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 Evening 170, the final UFC occasion. Anybody who has constantly adopted Marley is method 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 combat. 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 Could 2012. He’s revered for his fearlessness and skill to win via quite a lot 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 Sequence of Preventing champion who has been ready for a title alternative amid a crowded division. It’s believed the winner of the Could 9 important 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 combat 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 Vicente Luque (-280) to care for enterprise in opposition to Niko Value (+230) in a welterweight match.

Ranked 13th within the division, Luque (17-7-1) had his six-fight profitable streak halted on Nov. 2 after he dropped a unanimous resolution to Stephen Thompson. The 28-year-old striker already owns a victory over Value, getting a submission win in October 2017 whereas serving as an harm substitute for Luan Chagas.

Value (14-3), a pupil of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, scored a first-round KO over James Vick on Oct. 12 for simply his fourth win in seven fights. The 30-year-old, who went 8-Zero earlier than making his UFC debut in December 2016, was scheduled to face Muslim Salikhov at UFC Struggle Evening 172 final month earlier than the occasion was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Value goes to want a KO to win, however I do not see that taking place,” Marley instructed SportsLine. “Again Luque.”

How you can 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 may solely see each decide 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 knowledgeable who’s up nearly $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)