After several weeks of fine UFC cards, we get the big boy this weekend! Two of the best fighters on the planet, Max Holloway and Brian Ortega, square off for the featherweight championship belt in a very intriguing matchup, while Joanna Jedrzejczykand Valentina Shevchenko go for round 4 to decide who takes home the vacant women’s flyweight belt.
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- Sure, Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($6,800) lost to Valentina Shevchenko in their three Muay Thai fights, but that was ages ago and this isn’t Muay Thai. I am riding with Shevchenko in a pick ‘em, but this fight is close enough to warrant a flier on Joanna Champion. She has also shown herself to be extremely active offensively throughout her career, so barring a quick finish (which is highly unlikely), she should put up some points over five rounds even in a loss. At that price, she’s a steal.
- Kyle Bochniak ($7,600) has established himself, at the very least, as a fun action fighter and gatekeeper to the upper echelon of the division. The UFC throws him the promising Canadian prospect Hakeem Dawodu in Toronto this weekend. While Dawodu has real one-punch KO power, Bochniak has displayed a toughness and movement oriented game that can negate the Canadian’s strengths. Ride with the Boston boy here.
- The aforementioned Hakeem Dawodu ($8,600) will be deserving of such a price tag in a lot of matchups, but this isn’t one of them. He is still a developing fighter, and as mentioned, Bochniak has shown the ability to negate his strengths.
- Brad Katona ($8,900) has an awesome nickname (Superman, in case you were wondering), and was the standout on The Ultimate Fighter 27. However, this price tag seems more to do with the fact that his opponent, Matthew Lopez, has lost two in a row, and not Katona’s own skills. However, it should be noted that those two losses came to top divisional talents, and before that Lopez was on an impressive run. I’m riding with Lopez in pick ‘ems and avoiding Katona here as well.