Thanksgiving weekend action comes to us live (if you want to get up early) from Shanghai, China this Saturday. Even if you don’t watch the bouts live, you can still get that DraftKings lineup in to make-up some of the cash you spent on Black Friday deals that you didn’t need…
The main card starts at 7am eastern on Fight Pass while the prelims begin at the unholy hour of 3:45am, also on Fight Pass.
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Now let’s get down to business.
Li Jingliang ($8,800) is arguably the biggest star that the UFC has found in China, and his style is perfect for fans and DFS lineups alike. He lands 4.68 significant strikes per minute, and is essentially always in kill mode. His opponent, Zac Ottow, has a very well-rounded game, but nothing that can withstand Li’s rush. Even if Li does not get the finish, all those significant strikes add up to a lot of DFS points.
Wang Guan ($7,700) is making his UFC debut on the main card, which just goes to show how highly touted he is as a prospect. While Alex Caceres does present a very tough matchup, Wang’s striking arsenal should be enough to outclass “Bruce Leeroy”.
Kailin Curran has lost three fights in a row, and faces the debuting Yan Xiaonan ($7,900) in Shanghai this weekend. Yan’s nickname is “Fury”, and from what I’ve seen, and unfortunately for Curran, it fits her fighting style. A cheap price, opponent on the down slide, and an exciting fight style? Sign me up.
Song Yadong ($8,600) is making his debut on the card against another debuting fighter, Bharat Kandare. Song seems to have excellent striking, as a fighter with a sanda background, while Kandare does not seem to excel anywhere. The 19 year old “Terminator” gets to show off his skills here in a nice welcome to the UFC.
Another aggressive Chinese striker on the card, Wu Yanan ($7,800), also gets to make her UFC debut this weekend. While her weakness does seem to be wrestling, it looks as if she has spent a lot of time recently honing that facet of her game. Just in time, it turns out, because wrestling is the calling card of her opponent this Saturday. Wu should be able to keep the fight on the feet long enough to rack up plenty of significant strikes.
Perhaps the most lopsided fight on the card is Cyril Asker ($9,200) taking on Hu Yaozong to kick of the morning. While nobody will confuse Asker with a contender, Hu’s lack of any real experience will be his downfall here. Expect a quick and ugly finish in this one.