The UFC puts on a show this Sunday in the capitol of the greatest state in the Union – The Lone Star State. Remember folks, everything is bigger there and you don’t mess with Texas.
I don’t know how to enjoy a long holiday weekend, so I’m spending it by imparting upon you, my loyal reader(s), my profound knowledge regarding your daily fantasy lineups for this Texas Two Step.*
The main event starts at the reasonable hour of 9pm eastern Fox Sports 1, while the prelim fights start on 7pm, also on FS1. The Fight Pass early prelims start at 6pm.
Now let’s get down to business.
- The Black Beast is back!!! Not only is he arguably the best interview in the UFC, Derrick Lewis ($7,900) is arguably the hardest hitter in the UFC. Marcin Tybura’s only path to victory against Lewis is to get inside and somehow drag Lewis to the ground, but getting inside on Lewis is an extremely dangerous proposition, as the Houston Texas native does some of his most violent work in the phone booth. One of the cheapest fighters on the card is also one of the hardest hitters in the UFC? Sign me the hell up.
- Diego Ferreira ($6,900) hasn’t fought in two years, and admittedly faces a tough matchup in his first fight back in Jared Gordon. However, Ferreira possesses real power in his hands, and tends to throw them in frequent combinations. Is he the underdog? Yes, but at price tag below $7k, taking a flyer on someone with first round knockout ability doesn’t sound too bad.
- While Derrick Lewis is a value pick, I’m putting his opponent, Marcin Tybura ($8,300) in the avoid category. While his price tag isn’t outrageous, the Polish fighter does not have a safe path to victory. Use that cap space elsewhere.
- Thiago Alves ($8,600) is still very talented, but his body is clearly slowing down. His opponent, Curtis Millender, has the style and size to frustrate Alves over three rounds. While I can see Alves getting inside and doing damage, I can just as easily see Millender controlling the distance with kicks and not allowing Alves to establish any kind of rhythm.
*I’m sorry – that was really bad. Hopefully my money-making advice can make up for that so-called “joke”.