Tony Ferguson nonetheless is hoping for an elusive title battle towards UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov however will accept the interim strap within the meantime. The anticipated matchup was canceled for the fifth time as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however Ferguson will stay busy, as he steps into the Octagon on Saturday to tackle Justin Gaethje in UFC 249. The principle UFC 249 battle card is about to start at 10 p.m. ET at VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville.

Ferguson, who held the interim light-weight title in 2017, discovered simply over a month in the past that he will likely be dealing with Gaethje since Nurmagomedov stays caught in Russia due to journey restrictions. Ferguson is a -190 favourite (danger $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 towards Dominick Cruz (+180). Earlier than you lock in any picks for the UFC 249 card, ensure you take a look at the most recent UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley.

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

At UFC 248, Marley advised SportsLine members to count on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title towards Yoel Romero (+235) by unanimous resolution. He argued that Adesanya would decide 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 surprising 9-2-1 at UFC Combat Night time 170, the final UFC occasion. Anybody who has persistently adopted Marley is manner up.

Now, with UFC 249 quick approaching, Marley has rigorously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized the perfect worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each battle. These picks are solely obtainable at SportsLine.

Gaethje vs. Ferguson preview 

Marley is aware of the 36-year-old Ferguson (25-3) is available in on a 12-fight successful streak and hasn’t misplaced since Could 2012. He’s revered for his fearlessness and skill to win by 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 Could 9 primary 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 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 battle 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 Jacare Souza (-125) to defeat Uriah Corridor (+105) in a middleweight match.

Souza (26-8) is extremely expert in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has recorded 14 of his victories by way of submission. The 40-year-old former Strikeforce middleweight champion has dropped 4 of his final six fights, however his split-decision loss to Jan Blachowicz on Nov. 16 got here within the gentle heavyweight division, the place he’s ranked 14th.

The 10th-ranked middleweight within the UFC, Corridor (16-9) is coming off his second straight win, a cut up resolution over Antonio Carlos Junior on Sept. 14. The 35-year-old Jamaican striker, who’s a two-time Ring of Fight middleweight champion and former kickboxer, had misplaced 4 of his earlier 5 fights.

“Souza is without doubt one of the most harmful BJJ fighters on the earth, and if he will get this battle to the mat one time, it could possibly be over shortly thereafter,” Marley advised 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 decide 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 (-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 Worth (+230)
Bryce Mitchell (-165) vs. Charles Rosa (+140)
Ryan Spann (-420) vs. Sam Alvey (+330)