It’s no secret that I loved “Road to UFC: Singapore”, the quarter finals of a tournament in which many fighters from across Asia fight for a UFC contract. There were many standout performances in the quarter finals and I am expecting some great fights when the semi...
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Daniel De Silva vs Victor Altamirano
First fight of the night and here we go! Victor is the heavy favorite coming into this fight. Both fighters are coming off a loss. Victor has all the tools to do well in this matchup. Silva has been all over the place which worries me. I don’t like the recent matchups for Silva compared to Victor who has fought better competition. I trust Victor here more especially at the mid range price tag on DraftKings to get a finish.
Aoriqleng vs Jay Perrin
I am loving this matchup on paper. Perin is coming off a good loss and didn’t look bad in his debut. Perin is decent on the feet and has okay defense overall. Aoriqleng is coming off a huge striking win. This is going to be a great fight overall. Perin is for sure a live underdog but I’m liking Aoriqleng in this fight. I can see this fight going the distance if Aoriqleng does not get a knockout. Even though I like this on paper, Aoriqleng is just a decent GPP option on DraftKings.
Amir Albazi vs Franciso Figueriedo
The brother of the killer in Figueriedo. Both fighters are coming off a win and here we go! Figueriedo actually beat Silva who is on this card last fight. Figueriedo has decent striking but has some bad losses on his record. Albazi is a grappler who can earn a finish any moment in time. I am loving Amir to get a finish in this fight. Amir is coming with a huge price tag on DraftKings which is well worth it to me.
A.J. Fletcher vs Ange Loosa
Both fighters are coming off a loss into this fight. Fletcher has been a highly touted prospect coming into the UFC brand. Loosa is a great striker and needs a win on his record. Loosa had the better reach on the feet while Fletcher is more explosive though which makes up for his shorter reach. This fight is going to be held on the feet and who can secure the knockout first. I don’t mind the wrestling game of Fletcher though compared to Loosa. I do like Fletcher who I think can handle Loosa in all formats. I am not high on Fletcher on DraftKings because I do think this goes the distance.
Miranda Maverick vs Shanna Young
Female fight! Maverick is the heavy favorite and already beat Young once in the past. Young looked great last fight and handled business while Maverick is coming off a bounce back win. Maverick is no pushover and I love her in this fight. Maverick can certainly get a finish in this fight and can handle this. I don’t see Maverick having any issues here.
Sean Woodson vs Luis Saldana
Woodson is coming into this fight as the massive favorite. Woodson is super accurate on the feet and great on the feet. Woodson has a boxing style when fighting. I don’t trust Saldana here because of his past fights. Saldana is decent on the feet but the rest of his game scares me. Woodson can get a knockout in this fight with ease and I am loving his price tag in the high 8k range on DraftKings.
Wu Yanan vs Lucie Pudilova
This is an okay fight overall. Yanan is a striker on the feet and recently is showing a decent record. Yanan is light on the feet and has a nice style of striking. Pudilova is going to try to hang with Yanan on the feet, which I think she certainly can. I am liking Pudilova to work her striking game and win this fight. I do think this fight goes the distance and does not end in a finish. I am fading this fight on DraftKings.
Leonardo Santos vs Jared Gordon
This is an interesting fight! Santos has not looked good to be honest the past two fights. Santos is a decent striker and has some grappling skills but cardio is the problem. Santos with the gas tank is out of control and that worries me with him not making it to the third round if it goes there. Gordon is the fighter I am all over who can handle this fight. Gordon is going to run Santos all around the cage. The pricing on Gordon is great with it being under 9k on DraftKings.
Tyson Pedro vs Harry Hunsucker
Light Heavyweight time! Hunsucker is coming off of two losses and that worries me with how easy he is known to get knocked out. Pedro is coming off a good win despite who he fought last fight. Pedro has good leg kicks and striking overall which is nice to see. Pedro is going to come in working the body. The price tag is for sure high for Pedro which he will need a finish.
Marcin Tybura vs Alexandr Romanov
Heavyweight time! Romanov is on a huge win streak right now. Tybura is coming off a good loss to Volkanov. I think this fight is closer than the betting lines. Tybura is fighting much better fighters than Romanov has. I do think Tybura can hang in this fight to be honest. Tybura is my favorite underdog on this card. Tybura can hang in this fight on his feet and try to keep this fight under his control. I really think this a sneaky fight where Tybura can clip Romanov and work towards the ground game. Give me Tybura as the underdog pick for the week.
Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili
This is going to be a great fight to watch. Merab has been on a tear and in the last fight he hung in for the win. Merab is an excellent wrestler and his chin is made of stone. Aldo is good on the feet and going to go into this fight for the kill. The odds show this fight being close and I do believe it truly is. Aldo has good takedown defense and Merab is going to try to shoot for them. I do like Merab though to work Aldo in the cage. It is hard to go against the legend in Aldo but this fight is going to be close. I do like Merab at his price tag on DraftKings as a GPP option.
Luke Rockhold vs Paulo Costa
CO-Main Event! Legend against legend in the cage. Costa is in amazing shape coming into this fight. Rockhold has not fought since 3 years ago and now is making his return. I don’t think Rockhold can handle this fight at all. Rockhold is going to try to swing for the fences and use all his energy in this fight. Costa has excellent striking and looked good in loss 9 months ago. I am all over Costa here to handle business. Costa can certainly earn a finish here making him an amazing fighter at his DraftKings price tag.
Kamara Usman vs Leon Edwards
The Main Event! Usman is a trained killer in the cage and one of the best in the cage to fight. Usman is going to push around Edwards and go in trying to clip Edwards non stop. Edwards has good striking and is going to try to work Usman around. The grappling of Edwards is good though and can try to defend Usman on the ground. It is hard to not love Usman though on how he has fought and I like Usman to get this fight done.
Core four picks for the DK slate!
- Sean Woodson
- Jared Gordon
- Marcin Tybura
- Kamara Usman
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