- UFC 249 features 11 fights beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST and finishing just after midnight.
- Tony Ferguson (-200) is the main-event favorite over Justin Gaethje (+170).
- Online sportsbooks are giving bettors +375 odds that the fight goes the distance.
- Betting on a draw to be the final result of UFC 249 is rewarded with odds of +6600.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the sporting world returning to action on Saturday, UFC 249 begins at 6:30 p.m. EST giving sports bettors a break from the elongated hiatus.
Ryan Spann (-420) and Sam Alvey (+325) will get things started before the near-dozen UFC bouts get underway.
Leading up to the main event, bettors can find UFC odds on every event from the aforementioned Spann-Alvey bout to the co-main event in Henry Cejudo (-210) vs. Dominick Cruz (+170) that begins at 11:30 p.m. EST.
However, as bettors and fans will be excited for all of the early action, none can compare to the betting lines offered on the UFC 249 main event.
UFC 249 Main Event Betting Odds
The main event for UFC 249 begins just before midnight (11:55 p.m. EST) and features a lightweight battle between Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. With four more wins to his name, Ferguson (-200) will look to make his record 26-3-0 while Gaethje (+170) will attempt to increase his record to 22-2-0.
Interestingly, Gaethje has a better payout to win inside distance, which includes TKO/KO and submissions, at +170 than his odds to simply win by TKO/KO (+165).
However, as the favorite in this fight is Ferguson, he is -135 to win inside the distance. With odds of winning by TKO/KO (+230) or submission (+220) just as low for Ferguson, sportsbooks are basically saying that the only way Gaethje takes the victory is by knockout.
The fight is expected to get past Round 1 (-250) but oddsmakers believe it shouldn’t take much longer. Touted as the second favorite fight (+150) to finish the quickest behind the Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Francis Ngannou (+110) bout, the thought is that the bout will end well before the judges have to make a decision.
Expecting to end in Round 2 (-140 to not complete two full rounds), getting in at least three full rounds (+175) or four full rounds (+300) of fighting action is becoming a major underdog selection at legal sports betting sites.
With +375 odds to go the distance, the odds this match ends in a draw sit at +6600 – a worthy small-risk investment for anyone new to betting on UFC 249 and looking for a longshot bet.
Other darkhorse UFC 249 bets include picking Ferguson to win in Round 2 (+425) or Round 3 (+600) as well as Gaethje winning in Round 4 (+1600) or Round 5 (+2500).
Regardless of who reigns supreme during the main event, odds favor (-240) the winner calling out “Khabib” rather than not (+165). Keep in mind the winner does not have to request a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, but only mention his name.
As this only glances into the entirety of what UFC 249 betting has to offer, it’s a great starting point for any sports bettor who has been longing for action.
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.