Justin Gaethje says he hopes his nostril will get damaged in Saturday’s UFC 249 primary occasion so he’ll be pressured to have lengthy overdue surgical procedure carried out on it. Undoubtedly, Tony Ferguson will probably be joyful to oblige. The light-weight contenders agree that fists and blood will fly once they meet for the interim light-weight title to headline the UFC 249 combat card in Jacksonville. The 11-bout UFC card at Vystar Veterans Memorial Enviornment marks the primary occasion for the MMA large since 4 beforehand scheduled playing cards had been axed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The highest-ranked Ferguson appears for his 13th consecutive victory, whereas the fourth-ranked Gaethje has stopped his final three foes within the first spherical. 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). Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was slated to combat Uriah Corridor at UFC Jacksonville, however examined optimistic for the coronavirus on Friday. Earlier than you lock in any picks for the UFC 249 card, be sure to try 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 frequently 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 informed SportsLine members to count on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (-275) to retain his title towards 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 surprising 9-2-1 at UFC Struggle Evening 170, the final UFC occasion. Anybody who has persistently adopted Marley is manner up.

Now, with UFC 249 quick approaching, Marley has fastidiously studied each matchup on the cardboard, recognized the most effective worth within the UFC odds and launched his MMA picks for each combat. These picks are solely out there 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 talent 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 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 call twice in his profession. See Marley’s picks for Ferguson vs. Gaethje and each combat on the upcoming UFC 249 card right here.

Prime UFC 249 predictions

We’ll share certainly one of Marley’s UFC 249 predictions right here: He’s backing Fabricio Werdum (-310) towards Aleksei Oleinik (+255) in a battle of veteran heavyweights. 

The combatants have lots in frequent: They’re each 42 years outdated and among the many most expert submission specialists the heavyweight division has ever seen. Additionally they have shared the Octagon with the game’s largest names. 

Werdum (23-8-1) made his UFC debut in 2007 and has lengthy been a fixture within the heavyweight rankings. His profession pinnacle got here in 2015 when he pulled an upset of Cain Velasquez to win the championship. However his reign was short-lived, as he misplaced to present champ Stipe Miocic in his subsequent bout. The Brazilian hasn’t gained a UFC combat since November 2017. 

Oleinik (58-13-1), ranked No. 12, has fought for quite a few promotions in his 24-year MMA profession and made his UFC debut in 2014. He has break up his final six bouts, however the wins embrace submissions of high-profile opponents equivalent to Mark Hunt and Travis Browne. 

“Werdum is miles forward on his toes and I’d choose him in a BJJ match as properly,” Marley informed SportsLine.

The 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 possibly can solely see each choose 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 skilled 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)
Vicente Luque (-280) vs. Niko Value (+230)
Bryce Mitchell (-165) vs. Charles Rosa (+140)
Ryan Spann (-420) vs. Sam Alvey (+330)