UFC 249 Betting Odds and Preview – Card to go ahead in Florida on May 9th

Ferguson favourite to win co-main event

Well, it appears that UFC 249 will indeed go ahead. Dana White, who is the head of the organisation, has persisted in the face of some challenges to get this done.

The COVID-19 pandemic scuppered the initial plans of it being hosted in New York back in March. The original date for UFC 249 was April 18th.

Later in March Dana White stated that the event would go ahead behind closed doors in an undisclosed location.

Early April rolled around UFC had another setback. It was announced that headlining act Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was due to fight Tony Ferguson, would not be taking part due to COVID-19 lockdown. He was replaced by Justin Gaethje.

MAIN CARD

(all times listed GMT)

Sunday, 10th May 05:15
Tony Ferguson 4/7, Justin Gaethje 6/4

Sunday, 10th May 04:30
Henry Cejudo 4/9, Dominick Cruz 15/8

Sunday, 10th May 04:00
Francis Ngannou 1/3, Jairzinho Rozenstruik 12/5

Sunday, 10th May 03:30
Calvin Katter 2/5, Jeremey Stephens 2/1

Sunday, 10th May 03:00
Grey Hardy 1/2, Yorgan De Castro 17/10
* (betting odds taken at 23:30 GMT on Sunday, May 3rd 2020)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Anthony Pettis 4/6, Donald Cerrone 5/4
Fabrício Werdum 3/10, Alexey Oleynik 5/2
Carla Esparza 4/6, Michelle Waterson 5/4
Ronaldo Souza 4/5, Uriah Hal Even Money
* (betting odds taken at 23:30 GMT on Sunday, May 3rd 2020)

Florida to host UFC 249

It appears now that things are going to go ahead in Florida on May 9th.

Florida was a proposed location before it was suggested that fight night was going to go ahead in late April in at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.

That was later scrapped after influenced by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Venues in Florida however, can host events behind closed doors. So the venue was confirmed on April 14th and the Ferguson/Gaethje bout is still the big event of the night.

Ferguson favourite to beat Gaethje

The clear favourite for the big bout is Tony Ferguson who is coming in at 4/7* (betting odds taken at 23:30 GMT on Sunday, May 3rd 2020).

That is a pretty strong standing for him to be in considering that he had been a heavy underdog for the initial planned meeting with Nurmegoevodv.

Bantamweight champion and Olympic wrestler Henry Cejudo will be taking on former Champion Dominick Cruz in the other co-main fight of the night.

Cejudo is running at 1/2 odds-on to take the bout win* (betting odds taken at 23:30 GMT on Sunday, May 3rd 2020).

Other Notable Bouts

An even stronger fancied favourite on the night is Francis N’Gannou who is 4/11 to get the better of Jairzinho Rozenstruik which could be explosive. Also on the card for UFC 249 is former American Football star Greg Hardy who is 1/2 to beat Yorgan De Castro.

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone who fell to Conor McGregor at 246 in January will also be in action in Florida.

The 37-year-old veteran meets another UFC veteran in Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and the latter is the 8/11 favourite to claim that win* (betting odds taken at 23:30 GMT on Sunday, May 3rd 2020).

Cerrone did, after all, last only 40 seconds against McGregor.