Above all UFC 249 is going to bring live sports back in style. The main card features a total of five fights. Two of those fights are for world championship belts. Tony Ferguson will face Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight championship. And Henry Cejudo will defend his bantamweight title belt against challenger Dominick Cruz. Owing to such a stacked card is UFC betting action expected to be at record levels. Gamblers have gone almost two months without a live sporting event to wager on. UFC President Dana White has again shown marketing genius above the rest.
UFC 249 Main Card Championship Fights
|Date and Time:||Saturday, May 9, 2020, 10 p.m. ET|
|Location:||VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida|
|UFC 249 Main Card TV Coverage:||ESPN+, Pay Per View|
|UFC 249 Main Card Betting odds:||Justin Gaethje 2 ½ +130, +145 vs. Tony Ferguson 2 ½ –150, –165, Dominick Cruz 4 ½ -175, +200 vs. Henry Cejudo 4 ½ +155, -240. Jair Rozenstruik 1 ½ +105, +235 vs. Francis Ngannou 1 ½ -125, -275, Jeremy Stephens 2 ½ –165, +210 vs. Calvin Kattar 2 ½ +145, -250, Yorgan De Castro 1 ½ -140, +155 vs. Greg Hardy 1 ½ +120, -175|
UFC 249 Main Card Overview
Namely, Tony Ferguson is one of the most popular draws in mixed martial arts. And that has helped make him the sports betting favorite against Justin Gaethje. As defending champion, it comes as no surprise that Henry Cejudo is favored over Dominick Cruz. However, many UFC gamblers believe that Gaethje and Cruz offer potentially far greater value. Each is considered a dangerous and live dog capable of the upset.
Justin Gaethje vs. Tony Ferguson
At the onset, Tony Ferguson brings UFC Betting cache as a former interim UFC lightweight champion. Ferguson is ranked 10th in the UFC pound for pound rankings. Further, He is the top-ranked contender in the UFC lightweight division. Ferguson’s record is 25 wins with three losses. He has 12 knockouts, eight submissions, and five decision wins. Ferguson has one submission and two decision defeats. Last time out was a second-round technical knockout win over Donald Cerrone.
By contrast, Justin Gaethje is ranked fourth in the UFC lightweight division. He has 21 wins and two losses for his career. Gaethje has 18 knockouts, one submission, and two decision wins. His two losses were both by knockout. Fashion his last bout being a technical knockout win over Donald Cerrone in the first round.
Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
Henry Cejudo is a former UFC flyweight champion. Of course, he currently holds possession of the bantamweight title belt. He is one of four people to hold championships in two different weight classes. To show, Cejudo is ranked third for the UFC pound for pound rankings. Cejudo won an Olympic Gold Medal as a freestyle wrestler. His UFC career record is 15 wins with two losses. He has seven knockout and eight decision wins. Of his losses, one was by knockout and one by decision. Last time out was a technical knockout win over Marion Maraes.
Dominick Cruz is a two-time UFC bantamweight champion. To be exact his career record is 22 wins with two losses. He has eight knockouts, one submission, and 13 decision wins. Counter to that is one submission and one decision defeat each. Cruz is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Cody Garbrandt for the UFC bantamweight title.
UFC 249 Championship Picks
In this situation, Ferguson and Cejudo are in a better recent form. Also, they are proven champions.
UFC 249 Championship Fight Picks: Tony Ferguson And Henry Cejudo