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UFC 270 Fight Preview, UFC DFS Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel MMA Lineups | Ngannou vs. Gane Saturday, 1/22/22




The UFC is live at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., with an exciting heavyweight title fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. Below is a full preview of the fights that have the most upside for UFC DFS purposes. Let’s dig into some UFC DFS picks for UFC 270, and some of the best predictions for DraftKings and FanDuel MMA lineups this weekend.

MMA DFS Picks Tonight for UFC 270 Ngannou vs. Gane

Tony Gravely $8,900 vs. Saimon Oliveira $7,300

Tony Gravely

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 6-foot-0
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Reach: 79 in.
  • Record: 12-0-0
  • Striking Accuracy: 43%
  • Betting Odds: -250

Gravely is a former CES champion but had a rough start to his UFC career, losing via submission against Brett Johns. Although, Gravely bounced back nicely with a decision win over Geraldo de Freitas and a knockout win over Anthony Birchak. However, Gravely lost his next bout against Nate Maness by knockout. Gravely will be highly motivated coming off such a disappointing loss, and his cardio will be his biggest test in this fight. If his gas tank holds up, expect his wrestling and takedowns to carry Gravely to an easy decision. Gravely is a solid cash play due to his takedown upside going against Oliveira, who has struggled in recent bouts with his takedown defense.

Saimon Oliveira

  • Age: 29
  • Height: 6-foot-0
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Reach: 74 in.
  • Record: 14-3-0
  • Striking Accuracy: 54%
  • Betting Odds: +198

Oliveira is an extremely durable fighter and has never been finished in his career. He is flexible, and when the fight hits the mat Oliveira is always moving and looking for a submission. Oliveira’s striking lacks quick a bit. He will throw one punch and will leave himself open for combinations and takedowns. The only path to victory for Oliveira is via submission. However, Gravely’s wrestling will overpower Oliveira on the mat, and Gravley will get multiple takedowns on his way to grinding out the victory.

The lean on DraftKings and FanDuel is Gravely. His superior wrestling and heavy hands will help put Gravely back in the win column. However, do not sleep on Oliveira because he has a clear path to victory if he can empty Gravely’s tank.

UFC DFS Pick: Tony Gravely via Unanimous Decision

Jack Della Maddalena $9,200 vs. Pete Rodriguez $7,000

Jack Della Maddalena

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 5-foot-2
  • Weight: 115 lbs.
  • Reach: 63 in.
  • Record: 7-4-0
  • Striking Accuracy: 59%
  • Betting Odds: -340

Maddalena is an absolute beast. He will be making his UFC debut and looking to get off to a strong start. He has ended nine fights in less than two rounds apiece, eight of them via knockout. Maddalena has only gone to the judges once in his career, which was on Dana White’s Contender Series. In that fight Maddalena defeated Ange Loosa with an overpowering performance. Maddalena’s volume and striking are elite, and he will use his skills to overpower Pete Rodriguez.

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Pete Rodriguez

  • Age: 32
  • Height: 5-foot-6
  • Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Reach: 68 in.
  • Record: 6-1-0
  • Striking Accuracy: 42%
  • Betting Odds: +260

Rodriguez will be stepping in on short notice and making his UFC debut. He has fought all four of his fights under Jorge Masvidal’s iKon Fighting Federation, where he has a 4-0 record and all four coming via knockout. That said, Rodriguez will come out pushing the pace hunting for that fifth knockout. However, it is doubtful Rodriguez will be able to match such an explosive boxer as Maddalena. The footage of Rodriguez showed a technical boxer with pure power, although he does not look to be on the same level of Maddalena.

The preferred on DraftKings and FanDuel is Maddalena. Rodriguez has the power to get the finish, but Maddalena will pick Rodriguez apart.

UFC DFS Pick: Jack Della Maddalena via First-Round KO/TKO

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Brandon Moreno $8,500 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo $7,700

Brandon Moreno

  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5-foot-6
  • Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Reach: 70 in.
  • Record: 19-5-2
  • Striking Accuracy: 39%
  • Betting Odds: -178

Moreno is coming off an impressive submission victory over Deiveson Figueiredo. He will be looking to put a stamp on this rivalry with another strong performance and retain the flyweight championship. Moreno is a well-rounded fighter with technical and accurate striking, and he seemingly gets better every fight. His scrambling skills are high level, as are his submission and grappling skills. Moreno has excellent cardio and should push Figueiredo to the limits once again. However, this fight will be completely different than their prior meetings, with even more excitement and fireworks.

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Deiveson Figueiredo

  • Age: 34
  • Height: 5-foot-4
  • Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Reach: 68 in.
  • Record: 20-2-1
  • Striking Accuracy: 56%
  • Betting Odds: +144

Figueiredo will be coming into this matchup off a disappointing third-round submission loss to Brandon Moreno in June. He was on a tear of winning four fights in a row and successfully defended the belt against Alex Perez before the meetings with Moreno. Figueiredo has nine wins via knockout, eight via submission and three via decision. Figueiredo will be highly motived to give Moreno his first loss via finish. However, Moreno showed his elite grappling skills in their last meeting, so expect the same high-level scrambling in this fight.

The lean on DraftKings and FanDuel is Moreno. His superior grappling and technical striking will disrupt Figueiredo’s rhythm once again. However, do not sleep on Figueiredo, as he will be highly motivated after such a disappointing loss and has the power to put anyone’s lights out.

UFC DFS Pick: Brando Moreno via Unanimous Decision

Francis Ngannou $7,800 vs. Ciryl Gane $8,400

Francis Ngannou

  • Age: 35
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Reach: 83 in.
  • Record: 16-3-0
  • Striking Accuracy: 41%
  • Betting Odds: +122

Ngannou is a huge, scary heavyweight and will be looking to retain his heavyweight championship. He possesses possibly the most power in the division and will walk his opponents down, being patient in picking his strikes. Ngannou has been on a tear of late, winning his last five fights via knockouts, including stoppages over Curtis Blades, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Stipe Miocic. He is an extremely poor grappler, although he has made solid improvements in his ground game. Ngannou will look to test the chin of Gane early and often. However, Ngannou could struggle with the quickness and shifty footwork of Gane.

Ciryl Gane

  • Age: 31
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 245 lbs.
  • Reach: 81 in.
  • Record: 10-0-0
  • Striking Accuracy: 57%
  • Betting Odds: -150

Gane is certainly a different breed of heavyweight. He is extremely fast and very fluid, and he always makes use of solid footwork and uses nasty dirty boxing. Because of this, Ngannou could have trouble defending Gane’s athleticism and shifty movement. Gane is the rightful favorite here because he is patient enough to pick Ngannou apart and has the cardio and power to finish him. He has four wins via knockout, three via submission and three via decision. In this fight Gane will be patient and use his solid footwork and movement to avoid Ngannou’s huge power.

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The lean on DraftKings and FanDuel is Gane. However, Ngannou is super dangerous on the feet and has undeniable power to put his opponents to sleep. If Gane can use his footwork and dirty boxing to disrupt Ngannou’s rhythm, he could possibly get the early knockout.

UFC DFS Pick: Ciryl Gane via Second-Round KO/TKO

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