As I said last week, at least UFC 225 is going to be STACKED.
This Memorial Day Sunday, we get a great headliner in two time title challenger Stephen Thompson facing off against young stud Darren Till in the Brit’s hometown. However, the rest of the card, while splashed with a few good prospects, is relatively lacking in name value. But hey, day drinking, am I right?
The main card kicks off at 1pm eastern on Fox Sports 1, while the prelims start at 11am, also on FS1 (which begs the question, what’s the difference between the main card and the prelim card?). The early prelims kicks off the day at 10:30am on FightPass.
Now let’s get down to business.
- Darren Stewart ($7,500) likes to bomb away on his opponent, while his opponent’s only path BRO (blueprint to rule the octagon) is to drag this fight to the mat (with only a career 25% takedown success rate). It’s a toss-up fight, but Stewart does have a clear game plan (so long as he sticks to it), and it’s a game plan that results in early stoppages. I envision him stuffing Eric Spicely’s takedown attempts and teeing off on the athletically mismatched fighter.
- Jason Knight, aka Hick Diaz, aka Mississippi Mean, aka The Kid (his one lame nickname) is fun as hell. Unfortunately, his star has come crashing back to earth in his last two fights, and Makwan Amirkhani ($7,900) has the style and skill to bring it even a bit lower. Knight is a willing grappler, but that won’t serve him well against Amirkhani’s desire to drive his opponent into the mat and then bomb away on him. Could Knight finish Amirkhani? Sure. But the clearest fight here is Knight willingly walking into Amirkhani’s world.
- Man, Elias Theodorou ($9,400) has one of the best MMA twitter games. Unfortunately, his fighting style isn’t even close to that level. He usually gets the job done, but in no spectacular fashion. I’m not spending top dollar on someone whose ceiling is 80 DFS points.
- As mentioned above, Eric Spicely ($8,700) has a clear game plan. However, that game plan relies on his getting this fight to the ground before getting KO’d. Being that he’s not exactly a takedown artist, and his opponent has the pop to put him away, I would avoid that high price tag.