‘El Cucuy’ is incomparable in his approach to MMA. Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje – Interim UFC Lightweight Championship. Two fights I’ll stay away from are Esparza/Waterson and Pettis/Cerrone. He was probably a shot or two away from losing a fight he was a -600 favorite in. The substance in question turned out to be trenbolone, which led to the fighter being suspended from competition for two years. After suffering consecutive losses to top heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris, Alexey Oleynik bounced back with a stunning performance, earning him a performance of the night bonus, against Maurice Greene. New , 56 comments. With Aldo in Brazil, in steps Cruz, and you can’t count him out. Expect Cruz to have success against Cejudo early, much like Marlon Moraes did, but as the fight goes on, Henry’s wrestling and tenacity will likely wear the challenger down, opening the door for a finish to the fight, and possibly Cruz’s illustrious UFC career. UFC 249 Prelims on ESPN: Cerrone vs Pettis – Odds and Predictions. Prior to joining the UFC, Gaethje fought in a few other organizations and had left as WSOF Lightweight Champion for the big stage back in 2016. Meanwhile, at five years Hall’s senior, Jacare is in do-or-die mode following a failed dip into the light-heavyweight division. He also has a professional kickboxing record of 28-0-1. If the much-loved Brazilian is ever going to wear UFC gold, a title run has to develop now or never. I’ll probably stay away from the TKO/KO prop, although it's always in play with Ngannou. Cerrone will be confident of overturning a three-fight slump, but Pettis didn’t earn his ‘Showtime’ nickname for nothing. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks. If Ferguson can weather the storm early and take Gaethje into those deep waters, it's his fight. Same time as always, Maniacs.To check out the latest and greatest UFC 249: “Ferguson vs. Gaethje” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive,MMA Mania, UFC news, results, videos, rumors, fights,UFC 249 predictions: ‘Ferguson vs Gaethje’ ESPN+ early ‘Prelims’ undercard preview,Highlights! He has been a professional fighter since 2012 and has a brown belt rank in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Play daily fantasy games here! He ranks as the sixth-best lightweight in the UFC. Share it with your friends! After the Diaz fight, Pettis would return to the lightweight division to fight Carlos Diego Ferreira. He’s finished Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos all in the first round via KO/TKO. Henry Cejudo © vs Dominick Cruz – UFC Bantamweight Championship. How (TV): UFC Fight Pass; Watch on ESPN+ here! After losing to Leon Edwards in 2017, Luque bounced back with a win over Niko Price. Can Charles Rosa hand Bryce Mitchell his first loss? However, the match was scrapped as well due to the pandemic. You just cannot absorb on average 9.67 strikes per minute and be successful against a guy like Ferguson with five rounds to work. She has been fighting professionally since 2010 and has NAIA wrestling credentials as well as a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This 145lb match-up won’t get the attention of the remaining three bouts on the card, but do not be at all surprised if this turns out to be fight of the night. This fight could headline a card all by itself, do not miss it. After four years out of the octagon, there are numerous doubts over Cruz’s ability to mix it at the elite level like he once did. …, UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen Predictions, Odds & Picks, Moraes vs Sandhagen in UFC Apex, Las Vegas on October 10, 6 PM EST. Will it be Tony Ferguson or Justin Gaethje who gets the next stab at Khabib? This will be a dangerous tactic against Gaethje. That first win over Price led to a six-fight winning streak for Luque. Although, one can’t really blame him as his last three fights came against Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje (both fighting for the interim lightweight title in the main event) and to former double-champion Conor McGregor. UFC 249 undercard preview: Complete online breakdown, predictions for first three (of seven) "Prelims" matches on ESPN+ this weekend (Sat., May 9, … We are committed in our support of responsible gambling. Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar – Featherweight. If victorious Saturday night, he’ll be the first fighter to hold two interim titles in the organization’s history. They landed 31 total strikes combined and really just avoided each other the entire fight. A win for Dominick Cruz on Saturday would be storybook material. Prediction: Carla Esparza via Majority Decision, Aleksei Oleinik vs Fabricio Werdum – Heavyweight. Aleksei Olenik is a tough customer, but after an incredible 72 fights, you have to wonder how much there is left in the tank. He also boasts a black belt in judo. Rozenstruik has never been finished in MMA and only twice in 85 kickboxing matches. He’s done that before, though, if you remember. How (TV): UFC Fight Pass; Watch on ESPN+ here! Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL. White has been bullish in his efforts to bring elite MMA to the masses during the Covid-19 outbreak, and he has delivered in kind this weekend. As for former champion Esparza, her last outing was a ‘fight of the night’ win over Alexa Grasso and if she replicates that performance, Waterson will have a difficult job on her hands, dealing with Esparza’s aggressive style. This fight against Hall will see Souza return to the middleweight division. Born in Florida, Price trains with the Vickery Jiu-Jitsu school as well as with the Syndicate Boxing Club. UFC 249 Early Prelims. 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Best Bets, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Best Bets and Longshot, NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Best Bets and Longshot, NFL Super Bowl Odds: Biggest Risers and Fallers Post-NFL Draft. Cruz stepped away back in 2011 after defeating Demetrious Johnson and came back to finish Takeya Mizugaki in just one round. Kick some tail this weekend and don’t forget the UFC has two more cards next week! I don’t believe Ferguson has truly sparred with headgear and took shots in years. He has a 2nd-degree black belt in kyokushin karate and a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This winning streak could be attributed to the fact that Hall now trains with Fortis MMA. One of the more controversial figures in MMA makes his ninth walk to the UFC octagon this weekend, in a fight that he should comfortably win. Few members of the UFC roster can match the warrior-like mentality of Tony Ferguson, but Justin Gaethje is one that is certainly up to the task. His last fight came at UFC 244 where he faced Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Fighting professionally since 2002, he boasts a black belt in gaidojutsu and as well as a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Eliot Marshall. This fight will be beautiful chaos. The former UFC heavyweight champion hasn’t fought since his KO loss to Alexander Volkov in March 2018. We will be the first event back. Recommended bets are advised to over-18s and we strongly encourage readers to wager only what they can afford to lose. Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza via Unanimous Decision, CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE PRICES FROM SKY BET, Scroll down for full start time, TV details and fight card, Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. There are a couple ways this can go. Predictions and betting picks for UFC 249, featuring Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje in the main event. The fact that Rozenstruik really didn’t impress me much in the Overeem fight (except for the one kill shot he landed), coupled with knowing that Ngannou has been training and in camp for the last 17 weeks getting ready for whoever would be next, has me placing a wager on the favorite, even at -275. He’s so creative in there and has a gas tank for days. By Alexander K. Lee @AlexanderKLee May 9, 2020, 8:00am EDT Share this story. Ross Williams runs through nine fights on the UFC 249 card in Jacksonville with predictions on each contest in the sport's return.

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