UFC 249 Picks for Betting & DFS: All the Best Predictions for Saturday Night’s MMA Fights
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- We've compiled all of our experts' favorite betting and daily fantasy picks for UFC 249 into one spot, so be sure to check out all the predictions below before locking in your bets/lineups.
- Tony Ferguson is a popular bet to beat Justin Gaethje in Saturday night's main event, but should you be betting on Ferguson?
There is a major sporting event to bet on tonight and boy, does it feel good.
UFC 249, a 12-fight event headlined by the interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, begins at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The seven-fight undercard will air on ESPN/ESPN+ with the five-bout main card moving to ESPN PPV around 10 p.m. ET.
Whether you’re still just starting out as an MMA bettor or are a seasoned fight speculator, we’ve got a wide menu of betting and DFS coverage for UFC 249. Oh yeah, you can also track all of your UFC 249 bets in The Action Network App.
UFC 249 Betting, DFS Picks
3 Best Bets for Tonight’s Card
There are a dozen fights scheduled for Saturday night. Which fights should you focus your attention on? Which fighters have a chance to upset the odds? Our staff, plus a guest picker, share their favorite bets for UFC 249.
Ferguson-Gaethje Picks & Preview
Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje are both all-action fighters who can stop a bout at any time. Saturday’s main event figures to be quite entertaining, but which fighter is a better bet to succeed in a slugfest? Sean Zerillo sets up the headliner and makes his pick.
UFC 249 Co-Main Event Betting Breakdown
In his prime, Dominick Cruz was considered one of the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artists on the planet. Will “The Dominator” turn in a vintage performance against bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo, one of four fighters to hold belts in two different weight classes? Sean Zerillo breaks down Saturday’s co-main event.
Hardy vs. De Castro: Value on the Underdog?
Greg Hardy’s UFC career has been up and down but the former NFL player is still getting respect from oddsmakers in his showdown with the relatively unknown, but powerful Yorgan De Castro on Saturday. Should you fade Hardy? Sean Zerillo offers his betting analysis for an intriguing heavyweight showdown.
Koerner’s DFS Projections & Model
Sean Koerner built out a DFS model featuring scoring projections for every fight on Saturday. He also included a new stat to help you get a leg up in DraftKings’ millionaire-maker contest. Check it out before locking in your lineups.
Best Promotions for UFC 249
It’s always a good idea to keep your eye on the betting market for sportsbook promotions and there’s a terrific list of offers from sportsbooks around the country for UFC 249. We’ve curated a list of the top promos here.
UFC 249 Odds
Lightweight interim title fight: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
- Ferguson: -210
- Gaethje: +165
- Over/Under: 2.5 Rounds (+122/-157)
Bantamweight title fight: Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
- Cejudo: -230
- Cruz: +180
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (-371/+265)
Heavyweight fight: Francis Ngannou vs. Jair Rozenstruik
- Ngannou: -290
- Rozenstruik: +220
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (+175/-250)
Featherweight fight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
- Stephens: +215
- Kattar: -280
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (-186/+144)
Heavyweight fight: Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro
- Hardy: -200
- De Castro: +160
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (+118/-152)
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UFC 249 Prelims
Welterweight fight: Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone
- Pettis: +112
- Cerrone: -140
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (-112/-118)
Heavyweight fight: Aleksei Oleinik vs. Frabricio Werdum
- Oleinik: +240
- Werdum: -325
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (+160/-209)
Women’s Strawweight fight: Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
- Esparza: -167
- Waterson: +135
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (-527/+360)
Welterweight fight: Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
- Luque: -290
- Price: +220
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (+185/-264)
Featherweight fight: Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
- Mitchell: -175
- Rosa: +138
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (-176/+136)
Light heavyweight fight: Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey
- Spann: -450
- Alvey: +320
- Over/Under: 2.5 rounds (+150/-223)