This weekend’s card starts at 8pm eastern, like most Fight Pass cards…
Wait, what? It actually starts at 8 AM eastern!!!! I hope you like face punching with your coffee and waffles. Or maybe with a… bloody mary? I’ll be here all week folks.
Because you will be far too sleepy in the morning to set a viable daily fantasy lineup for Fight Night 111, I am here to provide you with the most bestest most valuable DFS lineup in the history of lineups*.
I am avoiding the headlining fight on this one. While I believe that Holly Holm should win, based on her ability to manage distance and fight from range against Bethe Correia, Holly just isn’t a value pick based on her last several octagon outings and her $9,600 price tag. On the other hand, Bethe is incredibly cheap, but I have a difficult time seeing her path to victory.
The co-main event, however, gives us Marcin Tybura ($8,700) against an aging Anrdei Arlovski. The “Pittbull’s” chin is gone, and Tybura is just the right young heavyweight to test it continuously throughout the fight. His last two fights ended in vicious manner against decent competition, and this is the one that puts his name on the map. It’s how the business works, feed the old stars to the new ones…
In another heavyweight clash, Walt Harris ($9,200) takes on Cyril Asker. If you’re an Archer fan, you know that anyone named Cyril is incapable of fighting. But seriously, Harris might be the most athletic heavyweight on the roster, and he fights like he knows it. I’m expecting a round 1 KO in this one, so don’t miss out on the points.
I hesitated picking Dong Hyun Kim ($7,700) against Colby Covington, but ultimately went with the veteran for a handful of reasons. Kim’s well-roundedness usually means that he can control the place and pace of the fight, but he does occasionally throw his advantages to the wind so that he can just f***ing bang, man. But the real kicker on this pick is his price tag – he’s one of the cheaper fighters on the card.
In the last fight of the under-card, an aging fan-favorite in “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi takes on an up-and-comer in Jon Tuck ($8,800), who doesn’t have many letters in his name. Unfortunately, Gomi still fights like he has a chin, but at 40 he really doesn’t have much of one left, which leaves him vulnerable to an early finish. And while Tuck is only 3-4 in the UFC, he’s been game all throughout his losses, and definitely has the ability and power to drop Gomi and finish him. This pick is honestly more about Gomi than it is about Tuck.
Rolando Dy ($7,100) is making his UFC debut against Alex Caceres. Dy’s daddy was a boxer, so one would assume his son is relatively decent at throwing hands. Caceres has skills, but his application of them is incredibly inconsistent, hence his 12-10 record. Dy goes 1-0 to start of his UFC career and knocks out “Bruce Leeroy”.
Lucie Pudilova ($8,200) opens up the action on Saturday morning against Ji Yeon Kim. And while Lucie is the less skilled “Bullet” in the UFC, she put a beating on Lina Lansberg in her UFC debut, despite not getting the nod on the scorecards (robbery in my opinion). I expect that she doesn’t want to leave this one in the hands of the judges.
*Results may vary