Daily Fantasy Sports has taken over the lives of countless sports fans around the world, and UFC fans are no different. The rules are fairly simple; You get a total salary of $50,000 dollars and you have to pick a roster of 5 fighters from that night’s card, each with their own price depending on their odds of winning. Draft Kings offers a wide variety of games and odds, ranging from a 50/50 game, to a $20K guaranteed “Haymaker” tournament.
Alptekin Ozkilic ($10,900) vs. Ben Nguyen ($8,400):
Ben Nguyen takes on Alptekin Ozkilic in his debut. Ozkilic has gone 1-2 since entering the UFC. I believe the value is in Nguyen here, as $10,900 is quite pricey for a fighter with a 1-2 record in the promotion. There is a chance Nguyen could have octagon jitters, so buyers beware.
Vik Grujic ($9,800) vs. Brendan O’Reily ($9,500):
Grujic has lost 2 of his 3 bouts in the UFC, and O’Reily fell to Lipend Zhang via unanimous decision last August. This is a toss up of a match up, and the numbers reflect that. While this is a fight I’d stay away from, I’d lean O’Reilys way.
Kailin Curran ($10,700) vs. Alex Chambers ($8,700):
In this womens strawweight matchup between two fighters who lost in their UFC debut, Kailin Curran is heavily favored. While I agree with Curran being the favorite, I don’t agree with her price. Stay away from Curran, there are much better options at that price. Chambers has a very low price, she may not be a terrible underdog fighter to pick if you need someone inexpensive.
Dylan Andrews($10,100) vs. Bradley Scott($9,300):
After winning his first two fights in the octagon, Andrews has been (T)KO’D twice in a row. Bradley Scott is 1-2 with the UFC, losing his last fight against Claudio Henrique da Silva in March of last year. This fight is full of question marks. It’s tough to predict how Scott will look, as its been over a year since his last fight. On the other hand, its hard to say if Andrews can take a punch as he’s been finished by strikes in his last two fights. The price’s are right, but I would recommend staying away from this one.
Bec Rawlings ($10,600) vs. Lisa Ellis ($8,800):
Rawlings is 1-3 in her last 4, and Ellis is 1-4 in her last 5, and they both lost their octagon debut. Don’t sleep on Ellis, as 3 of her last 4 losses came to supreme competition in Herrig, Penne, and the current WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar. While the value is in Ellis, there’s no clear cut winner in this duel of recent losers.
Sam Alvey ($11,200) vs. Dan Kelly ($8,200):
“Smilin’” Sam Alvey is the biggest favorite on the card as he takes on the undefeated Australian; Dan Kelly. Alvey is coming off two impressive KO victories, but I don’t think that justifies him being the heaviest favorite of the night, especially when he’s up against an undefeated fighter in his home country. While Alvey has potential for big points, coming from an early finish, I think Kelly is the best value pick on the card.
Kyle Noke ($10,000) vs. Jonavin Webb ($9,400):
Noke has gone 1-3 in his last 4 fights, and hasn’t fought since losing to Patrick Cote on TUF: Nations finale last April. He is fighting undefeated newcomer in Jonavin Webb, who has 6 finishes on his record. I think Webb is the pick here, as he’s going against an aging Kyle Noke who may have ring rust. While there is always the possibility of octagon jitters when a newly signed fighter enters the cage, I believe Webb gets the finish regardless.
Hatsu Hioki ($11,000) vs. Dan Hooker ($8,500):
Why is a fighter who has gone 1-4 in his last 5 priced at $11,000? Who knows. Dan Hooker is 1-1 since signing with the promotion, including a TKO win vs. Ian Entwhistle in June of last year. Hioki may still be the better fighter despite his recent record, but that doesn’t make him worth those kinds of dollars. If you want value and a good time, pick up Hooker.
Jake Matthews ($10,500) vs. James Vick ($9,000):
This is my favorite fight of the night, and the one I’m looking forward to the most. This is a battle between two top young contenders, who also happen to be undefeated. This will be a pivotal fight in both athletes career. I think the prices are set right here, and they are both good options. I believe Matthews will win, but Vick isn’t the worst underdog to put your money on.
Anthony Perosh ($9,900) vs. Sean O’Connell ($9,600):
Both fighters are looking for their 2nd win in a row as they face off in the third final fight of the card. Both of shown flashes of potential, but they’ve also had ugly losses as well. I recommend staying away from this fight, but if you need a guy in their price range to squeeze in your lineup, I’d go O’Connell.
Brad Tavares ($10,300) vs. Robert Whittaker ($9,100)
Whittaker is coming off of a huge win in November where he TKO’d Clint Hester. He looked significantly better and showed off a diverse skill set. Tavaras is coming off a UD win vs. Marquardt, but lost his two before that to Tim Boetsch and Yoel Romero. Whittaker has great value at $9,100, and I think he is a smart choice. Either way this fight has potential to become fight of the night.
Stipe Miocic ($10,800) vs. Mark Hunt ($8,900)
In the heavyweight main event, Stipe Miocic comes in as the favorite vs. Mark Hunt after losing a decision to Junior Dos Santos. Hunt lost to Werdum for the interim heavyweight title in his last bout. While Miocic is the more technical boxer, you can never count out the heart and power of Hunt. Stipe is the smart choice here, but if you want early finish potential at a cheap price, look no further than Mark Hunt. Remember, it is always smart to take a fighter in the main event as it has the potential to go 5 rounds, which is 2 more than any other fight on this card. More rounds, more time to score points.
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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