Left to right: Anthony Pettis & Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports & Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 249 Preliminary Card Betting Tips, Odds, and Preview

An event for the ages deserves a preliminary card worth more than the price of pay-per-view.

With premier fighters and exciting match-ups stacked from top to bottom, UFC 249, which will take place inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, truly has the makings of a historic combat sporting event. In hindsight, the preliminary card, as it stands, is already worth the price of admission — or in today’s current status, price of pay-per-view.

Outside the main card, which highlights mouthwatering matchups such as Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz, and Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik among others, both preliminary cards will make fans want to tune in and catch all the action early. Early preliminary bouts will feature undefeated prospect and former The Ultimate Fighter contestant Bryce Mitchell going up against Charles Rosa, as well as Dana White’s Contender Series alum Ryan Spann versus Sam Alvey.

The preliminary card itself will kick off with an explosive matchup between Vicente Luque and Niko Price, followed by a pivotal bout pitting Carla Esparza opposite Michelle Waterson. Furthermore, heavyweight submission artists will test their mettle when Aleksei Oleinik and Fabricio Werdum meet inside the Octagon, before the rematch of Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone cap off the card.

Who to Bet on UFC 249?

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Now when it comes to pondering on who to bet on UFC 249’s preliminary fights, one of the intriguing matchups to focus on is Fabricio Werdum and Aleksei Oleinik. Although this will be Werdum’s first fight since March 2018 — a knockout loss to Alexander Volkov — there’s still no denying that he has the championship pedigree to compensate what many pundits deem as “ring rust.”

Another key matchup will be the prelim’s headlining bout between Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. With both fighters coming off a loss in their last outing — with Pettis suffering a second round submission loss to Carlos Diego Ferreira and Cerrone bowing to Conor McGregor 40 seconds into the first round — they both seem to have a chip on their shoulders to shrug off and put an end to their respective losing streaks.


UFC 249 Prelims Betting Tips and Odds

Not to discredit the other preliminary fights at UFC 249, these aforementioned matchups not only have an intriguing backstory, the odds behind them are worth noticing.

As of this writing, <Bet365 pegs the former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum as a 1.30 favourite over Aleksei Oleinik’s 3.50. The same sports betting website places a 2.25 premium on the underdog Donald Cerrone in his rematch versus Anthony Pettis, who’s a 1.66 favourite.

Carla Esparza, who was the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion, is a favourite at 1.66 in her matchup against 2.25 underdog Michelle Waterson; the same goes with Niko Price, who enters the Octagon as a 3.40 underdog to Vicente Luque’s 1.33. Meanwhile, Ryan Spann (at 1.22) and Bryce Mitchell (at 1.58) both enter their respective contests as favourites to Sam Alvey’s 4.50 and Charles Rosa’s 2.40.

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