What Are The Best UFC 249 Bets This Weekend?

It’s been a bit of a struggle to find some great quality sports betting of late, but the great news is that there is a perfect opportunity to engage in some fantastic betting this weekend with UFC 249 taking place. Heralded by many MMA experts as one of the best events in many a year, the dozen bouts slated to take place on Saturday night promise to be as exciting as they could well be explosive.

While the withdrawal of fighters like Jose Aldo and Khabib Nurmagomedov were a blow to the organisers hopes for UFC 249 initially, the replacement opponents that have been drafted in to these fights are of the highest quality and make for some intriguing match ups. The fact that all 12 matches offer something for the MMA fan as well as a punter makes it all the more appealing to bet on.

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Let’s look ahead now to the schedule and the odds on each of the bouts this weekend at UFC 249.

UFC 249 – Scheduled Bouts

  • Charles Rosa (11/8) v Bryce Mitchell (8/13)
  • Ryan Spann (2/9) v Sam Alvey (7/2)
  • Vicente Luque (1/3) v Niko Price (12/5)
  • Carla Esparza (5/8) v Michelle Waterson (13/10)
  • Donald Cerrone (5/4) v Anthony Pettis (4/6)
  • Fabricio Werdum (3/10) v Aleksei Oleinik (5/2)
  • Uriah Hall (Evens) v Ronaldo Souza (4/5)
  • Calvin Kattar (2/5) v Jeremy Stephens (2/1)
  • Francis Ngannou (1/3) v Jairzinho Rozenstruijk (12/5)
  • Greg Hardy (1/2) v Yorgan De Castro (17/10)
  • Henry Cejudo (4/9) v Dominick Cruz (15/8)
  • Tony Ferguson (4/7) v Justin Gaethje (6/4)

Let’s take a look now at some of the top fights scheduled to take place across the evening and we will also bring you our top tips for these fights below.

UFC 249 – Top Match Tips

Ronald Souza v Uriah Hall – Hall to win – Evens

I’ve picked this middleweight contest between two veterans of the division as in my view it is the most even contest of the evening. Souza has been a regular inside the top ten in this division since joining the UFC and only lost a split decision to current number 1 contender Jan Blachowitz. However he has struggled to find consistency in his fights losing as many as he has won in his last eight.

Hall has been in a similar run of form and at one point, had a run of four losses in five fights. Since then he has regrouped and earned a good win over Antonio Carlos Junior last time out, albeit by split decision. Can he use that good fortune from that fight to propel himself back the rankings here? I think he just about can.

Francis Ngannou v Jairzinho Rozenstruijk – Ngannou to win (1/3)

The UFC heavyweight division is booming in quality at the moment and behind the next challenger in line to Stipe Miocic’s title, Daniel Cormier, Ngannou and Rozenstruijk are right up there. This fight was scheduled for five rounds, but was adjusted back to three, but in truth, so powerful and dynamic are both fighters that this one may not even last a round.

Ngannou has won his last three bouts in a total of 142 seconds combined. Last year Rozenstruijk achieved four stoppage wins in four fights to move into genuine contention in the heavyweight division with a 10-0 record.

After his last win, he called for a bout with Ngannou and has now got his wish, however the odds look likely that it will his opponent that lands the knockout blow and takes the victory.

Henry Cejudo v Dominick Cruz – Cejudo to win (4/9)

Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo is not afraid of bold statements or lacking any faith in his ability. Having made it his mission to become one of the greates combat sports athletes of all time, if not THE greatest, he now faces an intriguing challenge in the face of the veteran Dominick Cruz.

But for injuries at inopportune times, Cruz could well have been a champion in this division by now. Already a two time UFC Gold belt holder twice in the same division, injuries have blighted Cruz at times and mean that his accomplishments are often underestimated.

Cejudo should win this on recent form, especially with Cruz out for a long time before this fight, but Cruz has come back from long layoffs with a win in the past and he will certainly be a much tougher opponent for Cejudo than the bookmakers are currently making out.

Tony Ferguson v Justin Gaethje – Ferguson to win (4/7)

The final bout of the night is the main event. Justin Gaethke stepped in when Khabib Nurmagomedov was ruled out of the original bout as Tony Ferguson’s opponent and their clash of styles makes this arguably one of the fights of the past 12 months or so.

Unbeaten in almost eight years, Ferguson is an all-action, experienced and talented fighter who is seldom involved in a dour contest. The same can be said of Gaethje too, who has won all six of his UFC bouts so far, winning four Fight of the Night prizes in the process. His battle against Dustin Poirier also being one of the best fights of 2018.

Both fighters come forward, have an array of moves and holds and can punch hard and as such, it is hard to see this fight going to the judges’ scorecards. For me, Ferguson holds the main advantages here and it may well be his experience that proves to be the key factor in determining who emerges as the victor.

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 9.30am on Thursday 7th March 2020.