UFC 249 will be on May 9 in Jacksonville, Florida. The event will be with no public or spectators, but for those looking to gamble on the fights, it’s an insignificant issue. We are thirsty for sports, any sports.
The UFC said they wanted to be the first major competition to be back from the COVID-19 stoppage, and they didn’t disappoint.
We already put together a preview of the main event between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. But we are not leaving one fight behind. Below you will find the rest of the UFC 249 line up with odds and our picks.
Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
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Cerrone is +120 at BetOnline and +115 at MyBookie. If you want to make a play on the underdog, betting Cerrone at MB will be risk-free with the promotion mentioned above.
It depends on how much you want to bet. The Cowboy at +120 it’s a better price if you don’t care about the promotion.
Cerrone has lost three fights in a row, but the quality of opponents he faced was excellent. He lost to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, stars of the UFC 249 main event.
He also dropped his last outing against Conor McGregor early this year. All three losses were via KO/TKO.
Since entering the UFC, Pettis earned 50% of his wins via TKO/KO, and Cerrone hasn’t found answers against striking driven fighters. I have Cerrone dropping a fourth loss in a row.
Our Cerrone vs. Pettis UFC 249 Pick:
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The meeting between Cerrone and Pettis will be their second. Back in 2013, Pettis won after only 155 seconds by blasting Donald’s ribs with knees and kicks while finishing him with blows to the head.
Anthony Pettis is -145 at MyBookie. Pettis has won four of his last five fights. His only loss since 2018 was against Tony Ferguson, who is in the main event on this card.
Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
Dominick Cruz will return to the Octagon for the first time since 2016. That is quite a long time away from professional fighting. I don’t even remember what I was doing in 2016.
Henry Cejudo is the clear favorite at -235 to win this contest. He will enter this fight with five wins in a row, including the last two via KO/TKO.
Laying down $235 to win $100 might seems like a lot, but this is the closest thing we have to a sure thing on this fight card. Cejudo is a crafted fighter who won three Performance of the Night honors in his last five fights.
Dominick Cruz may not even make it out of the first round. And, if he does, he will be gassed for the rest of the fight.
Our Cejudo vs. Cruz UFC 249 Pick:
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
|Ngannou Vs. Rozenstruik Odds To Win|
This fight should end in a KO/TKO from either competitor. Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik are two of the hardest strikers in the UFC, and we should see fireworks.
Ngannou is a solid favorite at -300. He has won three in a row via knockout, and his two most recent losses were by decision. He can both deliver and take some hits.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik is the underdog at +240. He has the edge in technique and delivery, but Ngannou is too powerful to expect any other result than a win by the Cameroonian.
The Over/Under is perhaps the most attractive play here. Despite the power of both fighters, I don’t expect a short contest. Take the Over 1.5 rounds at a -115 value.
Our Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik UFC 249 Pick:
Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
|Stephens Vs. Kattar Odds To Win|
Jeremy Stephens has 45 fights on his resume. He’s only a year older than Calvin Kattar and has fought almost twice as much in the UFC.
Stephens had 28 wins against 17 losses in those outings. At +240, Jeremy Stephens is too inconsistent of a fighter to aim for an upset here. He’s a streaky fighter, and right now, he’s on a bad run. Stephens has failed to win his last four fights.
Calvin Kattar is a better fighter overall, and that’s why he’s the favorite at -252. He has only 20 fights in the UFC with 14 knockouts in 17 wins. Stephens has only five more wins by KO with twice as many chances.
Our Stephens vs. Kattar UFC 249 Pick:
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Uriah Hall
The meeting between Souza and Hall is the fight that is the closest to a coin-flip on the night. Souza is -120, while Hall is -110 at MyBookie.
Jacare Souza is a fearless grappler, and Uriah Hall is primarily a strong striker. This battle is all about one or the other imposing their style on their opponent.
Souza has struggled in his last two fights, losing to Jan Blachowicz and Jack Hermansson. The development of both contests was the same. Jacare didn’t take either fight to his strength, and when it went the distance, his opponents had landed good enough strikes to win by decision.
Will the third time be a charm? Probably not. Uriah Hall is precisely the opponent that will complicate Souza right from the start and will beat him in the later rounds.