The UFC returns for it’s 25th appearance on FOX tonight and you should have a DraftKings lineup to follow as you enjoy the free live action this evening. I will be perfectly honest with you, this was an extremely difficult card to draft for DraftKings. A lot of close fights and not a whole lot of value picks. These factors should mean, however, that it will be an entertaining card, so we at least have that going for us.
Main card starts at 8pm eastern on FOX, while the prelims are at 6pm, also on FOX, and the early prelims starting at 4pm over on Fight Pass.
Chris Wade ($8,600) kicks off the action on the Fight Pass prelims and should kick off the action in your lineup as well. He is the bigger, stronger fighter in this matchup, and Frankie Perez, his opponent, has been known to be bullied occasionally. Wade will use that strength advantage to drag Perez to the ground for an early finish.
If anything on this card can be considered a sure thing, it’s Shane Burgos ($8,700). The dude’s nickname is “Hurricane” for a reason, and it’s not because he enjoys drinking at Pat O’Brian’s in NOLA. The man has put his insane power on display in his short UFC career and will do so again tonight.
Ryan LaFlare ($8,200) is a far superior wrestler and grappler than Alex Oliveira. And while Oliveira is extremely dangerous in his own right (I seem to recall unfortunately picking Tim Means against him recently), LaFlare should be able to control this fight through the use of multiple takedowns. And of course finishing it off with a sub or some good old fashioned ground-and-pound.
Lyman Good ($8,500) is a strong, fast, kickboxer. His dos Santos throws hard, Good is at least a little better in all aspects of striking, which unfortunately for dos Santos is where this fight will play out. I’m looking for a good finish by Good here…
Thomas Almeida ($7,900) does not have the easiest of matchups as he faces Jimmie Rivera, but at that price tag he is hard to pass up. When it comes to a fighter who is capable of ending it at any second, a below $8K price tag is legit. Don’t pass on it.
Gian Villante ($8,100) is basically fighting in his back yard tonight against Patrick Cummins. While Cummins is a decent wrestler, he has piss poor striking defense. Villante isn’t a bad wrestler in his own right, and will keep this standing long enough to KO Cummins early on.