Welcome to The Takedown, UFC fans. This weekend, we have a 12-fight card in Houston, Texas. UFC 262 will be an interesting card with some solid underdog plays for MMA DFS, and DraftKings and FanDuel some having solid UFC contests. Here, I offer the fighters I feel have the most upside for daily fantasy MMA purposes. With the help of Awesemo’s expert UFC DFS projections, let’s dig into some of the optimal MMA DFS picks and break down all the action for UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler.
UFC 262: Oliveira vs Chandler | DraftKings & FanDuel MMA DFS Picks
Michael Chandler | DraftKings: $7,500, FanDuel: $18
Chandler has won three fights in a row, and all three have come via first-round knockout. This is a huge opportunity for Chandler’s career though, with one fight in the UFC and finds himself fighting for the title. I am sure Chandler will be well prepared for this title fight, and in the best shape of his career. I expect Chandler will come out with an aggressive and blitzing pace, throwing heavy hands looking to test Oliveira’s chin often. Awesemo’s UFC DFS DraftKings and FanDuel projections give Chandler 44% win odds with a 32% chance for a knockout.
Shane Burgos | DraftKings: $8,400, FanDuel: $20
Burgos is coming into this matchup off of a disappointing decision loss to Josh Emmett in June. In Burgos’ two fights prior, he had a decision win over Cub Swanson and a third-round knockout win over Makwan Amirkhani at UFC 244 in November. I expect this fight will be a high-level striking match and Burgos will bring heavy pressure and push the pace. Furthermore, Burgos’ heavy pressure can break his opponents and I expect Burgos has a good shot at breaking Edson Barboza with smothering pressure. Awesemo’s UFC DFS projections give Burgos 57% win odds.
Mike Grundy | DraftKings: $8,200, FanDuel: $17
This is a great matchup for Grundy, facing Lando Vannata, who has struggled against wrestlers over his career. He is an elite wrestler, and has eight wins via submission, one via knockout and three via decision. I expect Grundy will bring a heavy wrestling game and is live for a submission win. However, Vannata will be the better striker of the two, but I expect Grundy will be relentless with his takedowns and this fight plays out on the mat. Awesemo’s UFC DFS DraftKings and FanDuel projections give 53% win odds.
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Tony Ferguson | DraftKings: $7,600, FanDuel: $13
Ferguson is a well-rounded fighter. His striking is dangerous, and his submission game is phenomenal. That said, Ferguson has started to fade as of late, losing a decision to Charles Oliveira and suffering a beating at the hands of Justin Gaethje. However, if Ferguson can return to his dominant form, then this should be a striking battle for the ages. Ferguson is a solid value play at $7,600 and could break the slate. Awesemo’s UFC DFS DraftKings and FanDuel projections give Ferguson 38% win odds.
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