There has been a bit of confusion in the lead up to UFC 249. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, most professional sports around the world have been put on hold but it was always the intention for this Ultimate Fighting Championship event to take place.
It was scheduled to take place on April 18, 2020 and the news is that the Ferguson vs Gaethje date changed and the event is due to go ahead on May 9, 2020.
The event, that at first was hyped by the Ferguson vs Khabib fight, will take place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL.
Another question which is being asked is why Khabib vs Ferguson was cancelled? The answer is the fight has been cancelled because lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov cannot leave Russia due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Having tried on four previous occasions to get this fight to happen, this news has come as a disappointment. However, the good news is we will still have a main event to look forward to at UFC 249. Tony Ferguson will now meet Justin Gaethje. This is going to be an intriguing contest as although Gaethje has not had a full fight camp, Ferguson has been preparing to fight Khabib so both men will feel as though they're coming into the contest with a slight disadvantage.
Continue below to find out more as we take a look at our Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje predictions and the Ferguson vs Gaethje betting odds.
Ferguson was the underdog with the bookmakers going into the contest against Khabib but that has changed ahead of the meeting with Gaethje. Ferguson comes into this fight with a 25-3 record and has won each of his last 12 fights, meaning he is full of confidence. His most recent victory came over Donald Cerrone in June 2019 and Ferguson is known for his very high work rate inside the octagon and superb cardio which allows him to keep going with the same intensity in each round.
Many of the Ferguson vs Gaethje betting tips suggest the tables have turned in terms of the betting and Ferguson is now the favourite to win this fight. The Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje betting odds at William Hill have the former at 4/7 to win the fight. There is no way Ferguson will want to suffer defeat as he still has his eye on Khabib and the UFC Lightweight Championship.
I know how to get to people. It’s kind of funny (how it happened) but it’s a good trait to have. - Tony Ferguson, dazn.com
Now let's move on and take a look at the new challenger with more Ferguson vs Gaethje predictions.
2. Gaethje vs Ferguson Odds
This is going to be a tough ask for Gaethje who has not had the quality of preparation he would like for this fight. However, he enters this fight with a 21-2 record and has won 85% of his fights by knockout, which is an excellent record. Interestingly, Gaethje’s most recent fight was against the same opponent (Donald Cerrone) as Ferguson and he won, meaning Gaethje has won 10 of his last 12 contests.
Each of his last three fights have ended in the first round and all in the favour of Gaethje. This record has propelled him into the thoughts as a possible lightweight champion and he is certainly pushing to be regarded as the best in the division. It was rumoured that Gaethje was in talks to fight McGregor next, such was his progress through the ranks and if he loses this fight, that meeting may not happen. So, the pressure is on.
This is certainly a big opportunity for Gaethje but it must also be regarded as a risk. When making Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje betting tips, we must consider the lack of preparation for Gaethje. Therefore, it should come as little surprise to see the Ferguson vs Gaethje betting odds have the latter as the outsider, priced at 13/10 with William Hill.
3. Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje: Where To Watch
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 is one of the major sporting events of the year, especially considering the cancellation of so many other sports events around the globe. You will find Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje where to watch information below.
Many fans will be able to enjoy the Ferguson vs Gaethje live stream on ESPN+ pay-per-view. For others it will be possible to watch all the action live using Fight Pass, that includes Australia, Russia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand to name but a few. For UFC fans in the United Kingdom, the main event is showing on BT Sport Box Office.
However, the leading online bookmakers such as 1xBet may also be offering a Ferguson vs Gaethje live stream, so keep checking the updated schedule for information.