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UFC 249 Expert Picks and Predictions for Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje

Jason Schandl
Ferguson vs Gaethje UFC 249 expert picks and predictions.
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At long last, UFC 249 is upon us. After a couple of cancellations, the UFC has finally cleared enough hurdles to host the event on May 9, 2020.

This is a loaded fight card, but no fight is more highly anticipated than the main event, an interim Lightweight championship matchup between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.

Before you place your bets on FanDuel Sportsbook, let's take a look at who the experts are picking to win the fight.

Ferguson vs Gaethje Picks

Bleacher Report:
Alex Ballentine, of Bleacher Report, gave his picks for some of the biggest fights on the card. In the main event, Ballentine expects Ferguson to overcome Gaethje's aggression and picks the the fight to end with Tony Ferguson winning by third-round TKO.

Dave Noseworthy, of FanSided, gave a detailed breakdown of the matchup. Noseworthy also expects this to be a firefight, and like Ballentine he picks Tony Ferguson by third-round TKO.

CombatPress: writers Andrew Sumian and Matt Petela picked winners for every fight on the card. They're split on this one, with Sumian picking Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision. Petela has Justin Gaethje winning by KO/TKO inside two rounds.

FanDuel Sportsbook:
The betting markets favor Tony Ferguson (-178) to win the fight, with a submission (+250) being his most likely method of victory.

Ferguson vs Gaethje Predictions

Tony Ferguson: 4 (2 KO/TKO, 1 submission, 1 decision)
Justin Gaethje: 1 (KO/TKO)

Method of Victory:
KO/TKO: 3 (2 Ferguson, 1 Gaethje)
Submission: 1 (Ferguson)
Decision: 1 (Ferguson)

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