In Mother Russia, the UFC comes to you.
Sure, Moscow isn’t getting Khabib as the headliner on the first card in his homeland, but there’s more than enough Russian talent on the UFC roster to actually put together a surprisingly solid Fight Pass card. There should be more than enough action here to keep you entertained as you pre-game for Canelo vs. GGG II.
The main card kicks off at 2pm eastern on UFC Fight Pass, while the prelims start at 10:30am, also on Fight Pass.
Now let’s get down to business.
- Stefan Sekulic ($6,900) is making his UFC debut this weekend, and I will admit that the match-up is not the best stylistically for him. However, the Serbian fighter possesses real fight ending power and an aggressive mindset to match. You’ll need to find some cheap fighters with high upside in order to roster some of the “sure things” on this card, and Sekulic fits that bill.
- CB Dollaway gets a late replacement opponent in Khalid Murtazaliev ($8,400), who steps in on a week’s notice to make his UFC debut. Murtazaliev has a strong wrestling game with decent power punching. Even with the short notice, the Russian should be able to impose his will for the most part and get the win here. Besides, Dollaway has effecitvly been KO’d in 3 of his last 5 fights, so that chin is more than suspect at this point.
- It seems weird to list a fighter riding a 5 fight winning streak in the “avoid” section, but Rustam Khabilov ($9,500) is here nonetheless. His grinding style serves him well in real life, but in the DFS world it does not translate to great scores. Avoid low ceiling fighters with that kind of a price-tag.
- Shamil Abdurakhimov ($8,300) has shown himself to be a low-output fighter lacking great power in his UFC run so far (his knockout of Chase Sherman notwithstanding). Andrei Arlovski might be on the down slope, but I doubt Shamil has the skill or power to seriously test the veteran’s chin.