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Tony
Ferguson
has opened as a slight betting favorite against
potential
UFC 249
adversary Justin
Gaethje
.

According to oddsmaker BetOnline,
Ferguson is a -150 favorite in the currently hypothetical
lightweight matchup, while Gaethje is an underdog at +130. Odds are
subject to change, and the fight must take place before May 3 for
any betting action to be valid.

After Khabib
Nurmagomedov
revealed that he would likely be
stuck in Russia
as a result of travel restrictions imposed to
combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Las Vegas-based promotion
reportedly
targeted
a showdown between Gaethje and Ferguson for the new
UFC 249 main event. No formal announcement has been made regarding
the bout.

Ferguson has established himself as one of the top lightweights in
the sport while compiling a 12-bout winning streak that includes
triumphs over the likes of Donald
Cerrone
, Anthony
Pettis
, Kevin Lee,
Rafael dos
Anjos
and Edson
Barboza
.

A former World Series of Fighting champion, Gaethje is currently
riding the momentum of successive first-round finishes of James Vick,
Barboza and Cerrone.

All fights scheduled for UFC 249 are tentative due to the COVID-19
outbreak. The promotion has not announced a venue for the April 18
event, which was originally scheduled to take place at the Barclays
Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.


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