Mixed martial arts will be the first major sport to return despite the coronavirus pandemic when UFC 249 headlines at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday.
UFC 249 Latest Predictions
Ferguson, 36, is undefeated in 12 fights and was due to face Khabib Nurmagomedov before Gaethje stepped in to take the fight following his withdrawal. “El Cucuy” is a -177 (1.56) favorite to win on the moneyline, but the latest prop bets with BetRivers.com (Indiana, Colorado) and PlaySugarHouse.com (NJ) have Ferguson at a more attractive price of -106 (1.94) to win via an early stoppage (either knockout, TKO, submission or disqualification).
Dominick Cruz returns to the octagon after three-and-a-half years out of competition and contests the UFC bantamweight belt against holder Henry Cejudo, who is a -220 (1.45) favorite to retain his title.
Cruz (22-2) suffered his first defeat in almost a decade when he to Cody Garbrandt in December 2016, right before injuries curtailed his career for the past few years. The former bantamweight champion has sealed nine of his 12 UFC and WEC wins via decision, while Cejudo (15-2) has only been stopped once in his career.
The defending champion could offer great value to collect his third successive finish via KO or TKO at +275 (3.75) with SugarHouse NJ sportsbook, though the same price is available on Cruz to glance the decision.
Mattias Stetz, the C.O.O. of Rush Street Interactive—the gaming company that operates BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse—said of the first UFC event in more than two months:
“This may be the most significant sporting event taking place since the quarantine began in March. We took action on it right away. UFC is already a powerful draw for our players and I think they are even more delighted this time because the card generated a lot of attention.”
A heavyweight collision between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik could go either way considering the knockout power both fighters possess. Rozenstruik, 30, is a +225 (3.25) underdog to win by any means, while Ngannou may not appeal as much as the -278 (1.36) frontrunner.
Round betting holds the most appeal in this case, however, with Ngannou listed at +500 (6.00) and +800 (9.00) to win in rounds three or four, respectively. Neither fighter is fancied much for their ground game, and Rozenstruik is priced as high as +12500 (126.00) to win via submission in the third round (+9000 to do so in the second).
Donald Cerrone has been finished in his past three fights and meets Anthony Pettis on the preliminary card hoping to avoid the same knockout conclusion of their first fight back in 2013.
Pettis—the -130 (1.77) moneyline favorite—has lost his last two fights but looks the fresher of the two and is a tempting +210 (3.10) pick to again beat Cowboy by KO, TKO or DQ.
UFC 249 Prop Bets
- Tony Ferguson (-177) vs. Justin Gaethje (+150)
- Henry Cejudo (-220) vs. Dominick Cruz (+183)
- Fracnsi Ngannou (-278) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+225)
- Greg Hardy (-200) vs. Yorgan DeCastro (+165)
- Anthony Pettis (-130) vs. Donald Cerrone (+110)
- Calvin Kattar (-250) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+206)
- Fabricio Werdum (-355) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (+265)
- Ronaldo Souza (-125) vs. Uriah Hall (+106)
- Bryce Mitchell (-162) vs. Charles Rosa (+136)
- Carla Esparza (-162) vs. Michelle Waterson (+136)
- Vicente Luque (-265) vs. Nike Price (+216)
- Ryan Spann (-420) vs. Sam Alvey (+325)
Via BetRivers.com Indiana, Colorado and PlaySugarHouse.com New Jersey (USA).