The UFC breaks a long period of silence with a real humdinger Deep in the Heart of Texas this Saturday night. The Big D will host TWO title fights, as well as a couple of number 1ish contender scraps. Most fight cards host 10 or 11 total fights, from the Fight Pass prelims through the main event, but this card has 12 (and should’ve had 13 if it wasn’t for the loss of a great Cejudo-Pettis match up).
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With 12 fights to pick from we have a lot of options so let’s get rocking.
Junior Dos Santos is attempting to to claim the UFC heavyweight belt for the second time in his career against current champ Stipe Miocic. JDS went through a rough patch for a couple of years, but he has looked extremely sharp his last few outings in octagon. While Miocic is extremely aggressive, he remains extremely hittable as he closes distance, and hittable is not a good thing to be against a sharp JDS. On top of the good “upset” odds, he clocks in at a below average cost in DraftKings.
And here’s yet another upset special! While Joanna Champion is amazing and perfect and we all love her, Jessica Andrade is a bad stylistic match up for the champ. Joanna has been dropped in seemingly every fight that she’s had, and she hasn’t faced a fighter with the power of Andrade. Unless the challenger slows down drastically in the 4th and 5th rounds she should put enough damage on the champ to take the belt. Additionally, like JDS, Andrade also carries a below average price tag, meaning you can spend big elsewhere.
In the last non-title fight before the title fights, Damian Maia faces a streaking Jorge Masvidal. While Maia is not my normal favorite for DFS, as his style typically doesn’t lend itself to massive fantasy points, he has been so good at it that he makes for a smart pick, especially considering his price tag. Masvidal is hard to get to the ground, and has not lost by submission since 2009, but Maia is on a completely different level when it comes to dragging his opponents to the mat and imposing his will.
This fight card is taking place in the Republic of Texas, so going with a hometown boy makes a lot of sense. James Vick don’t have the easiest of match ups against Marco Polo Reyes, but the Texecutioner has looked incredibly good recently and has developed a MO of stopping hype trains. I like the extra boost of a bunch of rowdy Texans cheering on their own, and will ride with Vick, who hails from Dallas suburbs.
Both Jessica Aguilar and Cortney Casey lost their last fights to Claudia Gadehlha, but of the two Aguilar is the more well-rounded. While Casey packs more punch, Aguilar is a crisp strike on top of being one of the better wrestlers in the division. Look for her to dictate the pace of the fight on her route to victory.
This card is stacked from top to bottom, and very first fight on the card provides us with a good pick as well. Gadzhimurad Antigulov has time to make some noise the depleted light heavyweight division, and the Dagastani fighter fights just like you think he would, with an aggressive crushing top game. His opponent’s grappling will not hold up to the onslaught.
Alright y’all. Take this advice to heart and enjoy the fights this Saturday!