UFC 227 was originally going to be HUGE. But after a few injuries, etc., we the fans are left with something that is simply fine. Sure, Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 and Johnson vs. Cejudo 2 are awesome, but after those the card is lacking in some star power (outside of you, Cub Swanson). I mean, we have a DWTNCS alum on the friggin’ main card.
Despite that, the matchmaking here is actually pretty good, and we should be in for a fun night of fights. Make it more fun by setting a daily fantasy lineup!
The main card kicks off at 10pm eastern on pay-per-view, while the prelims start at 8pm, on FS1. The early pre-lims start at 6:30pm on Fight Pass.
Now let’s get down to business.
- Kyung Ho Kang ($7,600) embodies the stereotype of a Korean fighter – all offense, no defense. That can be great for DFS purposes, and luckily for us, Ricardo Ramos should be willing to engage and turn this into a fire fight. Kang is the more well-rounded of the two which should make the difference in what could easily be FOTN. Make your evening a “Mr. Perfect” evening by rostering Kang.
- Kevin Holland ($7,000) fought on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series two months ago (the aforementioned main card fighter), and takes on hard kicking Thiago Santos in his UFC debut. Santos is the favorite here for good reason, but Holland seems to have some submission skills (Santos’s kryptonite), and is a long and decent striker. For that price I’ll take my chances.
- Renato Moicano ($9,100) is on the rise, and his submission skills could definitely play well against a fighter with Cub Swanson’s aggression. However, Cub’s toughness and veteran savvy make me hesitant here. Moicano might well continue his assent this weekend, but Cub will not make it easy for him. At that price, “might” isn’t good enough.
- Weili Zhang ($8,700) is the kind of fighter I normally love to roster – aggressive with finishing power. However, her opponent, Danielle Taylor, completely changes the dynamic of this fight. Taylor has an incredible ability to make every fight slow and boring, which unfortunately could rob us of what could otherwise be a hugely entertaining debut. One of the 10 Commandments of MMA DFS is avoid slow, boring fights.