Betting Odds And Full Preview For UFC 249 in Jacksonville
Despite UFC 294 being postponed in April, we've got great news for MMA fans everywhere: it's officially back. The big event is now scheduled for May 9 and will take place in Jacksonville, Fla. There's a loaded card that has the excitement for the fights to get here climbing and climbing.
So, which showdowns does everyone have to look forward to? We break that down and provide the latest UFC odds and picks in this extensive preview.
Let's have a look at the best UFC 249 picks for your bets.
- 01Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje headline UFC 249
- 02Greg Hardy and Yorgan De Castro to meet in a heavyweight match
- 03Other UFC 249 fights to watch out for
- 04What sportsbooks can fans use to bet on UFC 249?
Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje headline UFC 249
If you've been following things closely, you already know the blockbuster fight scheduled for May 9 will be the battle between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Originally, this was scheduled to be an epic tilt between Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the Russian star is unable to travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nevertheless, Ferguson and Gaethje will take center stage for what figures to be a back-and-forth affair. Who will come out on top? The Vegas sportsbooks have Ferguson as a heavy favorite, giving him -185 odds to win. Gaethje meanwhile is listed at +150.
Though we wouldn't be surprised if Gaethje would be able to pull off a stunner, our UFC 249 picks include Ferguson earning the win. He's just that dominant of a fighter, and we expect him to once again showcase his brilliant skills inside the octagon.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 24, 2020
What kind of side bets can fans place on Ferguson vs. Gaethje?
While you might have your eyes on the outright bet for Ferguson against Gaethje, there's also countless side UFC 249 bets on the table you can take advantage of. For example, do you think Justin Gaethje will win by submission?
If you do, you could place a bet on it with +2000 odds it will go down. While it's not what the sportsbooks think would be a 'safe' bet, the payout for a bet with such unfavorable odds would be massive.
Also, everyone is debating back and forth as to how many rounds this thing will go. Will it be over in the first round? The second? In Vegas, the over under has been set at 2.5 rounds. The under has -125 odds, with the over set at -105. So, if you take the over and the fight reaches the third round, you win. However, if things end in the second round, you'd lose your money.
Another interesting bet to consider would be if Ferguson wins by submission. That has favorable odds, with the number being set at +240. Keep in mind that Gaethje has +2000 odds to win by submission, so the sportsbooks clearly think Ferguson has a way better chance of getting this done. Do you? If so, get your bet in before the two fighters duel it out.
Greg Hardy and Yorgan De Castro to meet in a heavyweight match
Although Ferguson vs. Gaethje is creating plenty of highlights and rightfully so, don't forget about some of the other primetime fights that are also on the main card. The list includes a heavyweight meeting between former NFL defenseman Greg Hardy and Yorgan De Castro.
Hardy's unreal power has him on top of the odds. Vegas has given him -189 odds, with De Castro a major underdog at +150. However, keep in mind De Castro is a perfect 6-0 in his MMA career. Hardy is 5-2-0 and still has some raw tendencies. But, he's a freak athlete, which is why we're going with Hardy to be victorious.
Other UFC 249 fights to watch out for
As for the other main cards on the schedule, we've got Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz, Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozentruik, and Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar to round things out.
Looking at the odds, Cejudo, Ngannou, and Kattar are the respected favorites. Cejudo is listed at -204, Ngannou at -303, and Kattar at -233. If you're thinking of a 'parlay' to lay down at UFC 249, picking all three of these favorites to win could be a bit of intrigue. In this case, we ourselves are picking all three of the favorites to win.
The thing to keep in mind, though, is that anything can happen in these fights. Don't be surprised if there's an upset or two throughout UFC 249. That's what's so great about the sport. Whether you're a massive favorite or huge underdog, anything goes once two men or women are inside the cage. The same should be expected come May 9.
What sportsbooks can fans use to bet on UFC 249?
If you've got your eyes on multiple bets, but aren't sure where to place them, don't worry because we've got you covered. Here at Be A Better Bettor, we work with multiple sportsbooks who provide up to date odds, matchups and so much more.
For UFC 249, UFC die-hards can check out Bovada, BetOnline, 5Dimes, BetDSI, WagerWeb, and so many others to find what they're looking for.