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UFC 249 Betting Odds

UFC 249 Betting Guide

If there is someone on this planet that has refused to go down due to Covid-19's outbreak is UFC President Dana White. 

White has insistently pushed to organize events but was shut down. If you know White, he's relentless. And now, gamblers can see bone-crushing action in one of the most stacked cards ever put by MMA's biggest promotion.

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With two titles on the line, number one contenders to fall in place and many stars in the business here's all you need to know about UFC 249:

Where is UFC 249?

UFC 249 is going to happen. Although much has been said about "Fight Island," the event is going to be held in Jacksonville, Florida. With the Major, health authorities, and Florida State Athletic Commission all on board, UFC 249 will present one of -if not the- biggest and incredibly stacked card of all time.

2. When is UFC 249?

UFC 249 will take place on May 9th. 

3. How do I watch UFC 249?

ESPN+ streams all UFC PPV events, and the preliminaries will air on ESPN or UFC Fight Pass. In a time where there are no sports, having action inside the octagon is like a gift from heaven.

4. Who is fighting?

UFC 249 presents one of the most stacked cards of all time. The full card is as follows:

Prelims:

  • Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey (Light Heavyweight)
  • Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa (Featherweight)
  • #13 Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price (Welterweight)
  • #10 Uriah Hall vs. #14 Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza (Middleweight)
  • #7 Carla Esparza vs. #8 Michelle Waterson (Strawweight) 
  • #12 Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum (Heavyweight)
  • #6 Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone vs. #15 Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis (Welterweight)

Main Card:

  • Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro (Heavyweight)
  • #7 Jeremy 'Lil Heathen' Stephens vs. #9 Calvin Kattar (Featherweight)
  • #2 Francis Ngannou vs. #6 Jairzinho Rozenstruik (Heavyweight)
  • C Henry Cejudo vs. Dominic Cruz (Bantamweight Title Fight)
  • #1 Tony 'El Cucuy' Ferguson vs. #4 Justin 'The Highlight' Gaethje (Interim Lightweight Title Fight)

5. Things to watch?

Well, the whole show. It is absurdly filled with talent, but we can dissect a few key factors you can eye for the event.

  • Niko Price will seek revenge vs. Vicente Luque, who submitted him back in 2017 via D'Arce Choke.
  • Uriah Hall is riding a two-fight win streak, while Jacare Souza returns to Middleweight after a two-fight losing streak, including his debut at Light Heavyweight.
  • Carla Esparza would put herself in prime position to regain her title with a win over Michelle Waterson.
  • Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will come back after a two-year absence, USADA's suspension is up for the vet.
  • Pettis and Cerrone combine for 0-5 in their last five fights. Cerrone is the record man of the UFC and Pettis, a former champ, both looking to find the right path again.
  • Greg Hardy has never been stopped. His two losses came via disqualification and a unanimous decision.
  • There are 70 fights between Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar, with a combined record of 48-21-1. True journeymen.
  • In 24 combined wins between Ngannou and Rozenstruik, 19 came via KO, which is an impressive 79%. Also, those 24, 23 have been finishes, which is 96% percent. Behemoth collision.
  • Dominick Cruz hasn't fought since 2016, where he lost the Bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt. Injuries have slowed him down in his career, but no signs of ring rust have ever been present.
  • The winner between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed 155-pound crown.

6. Why is Gaethje the one fighting Ferguson?

Justin Gaethje is the number 4 ranked lightweight in the world. So, how come is he fighting for the title, even though if it's an interim championship? 

Looking at the rankings of the lightweight division, Khabib Nurmagomedov reigns supreme as the official Lightweight champion. But in what it seems to be a cursed fight (that has been canceled five times now), Ferguson and Nurmagomedov can't find a way to settle their differences in the octagon.

Number two ranked Lightweight is Dustin Poirier, who lost his last fight against Nurmagomedov for the undisputed belt. So he can't fight again for the title after a straight loss.

Third-ranked 155er is Connor McGregor, who just came back and beat 'Cowboy' Cerrone in dominating fashion, it only took him 40 seconds. But McGregor fought at 170-pounds, and he went into a hiatus after he got mauled by Nurmagomedov as well. 

So Gaethje enters the scene, with a three-fight win streak, all by first-round knockouts. 

Ferguson is on a 12 win streak and is the rightful number one contender, and arguably the best lightweight there is, but Gaethje is no easy feat, he has serious knockout power and great wrestling. It'll be a compelling matchup of all sorts.

7. What are the odds?

Of course, BetPhoenix Sportsbook has the best odds for you to bet on the UFC 249 stacked card! The betting odds for UFC 249 are the following:

Prelims:

  • Bryce Mitchell -175 vs. Charles Rosa +145
  • #13 Vicente Luque -260 vs. Niko Price +205
  • #10 Uriah Hall -110 vs. #14 Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza -120
  • #7 Carla Esparza -145 vs. #8 Michelle Waterson +115 
  • #12 Aleksei Oleinik +240 vs. Fabricio Werdum -310
  • #6 Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone +105 vs. #15 Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis -135

Main Card:

  • Greg Hardy -185 vs. Yorgan De Castro +145
  • #7 Jeremy 'Lil Heathen' Stephens +190 vs. #9 Calvin Kattar -240
  • #2 Francis Ngannou -275 vs. #6 Jairzinho Rozenstruik +215
  • C Henry Cejudo -230 vs. Dominic Cruz +185
  • #1 Tony 'El Cucuy' Ferguson -165 vs. #4 Justin 'The Highlight' Gaethje +135.