Welcome UFC fans, the UFC is live at the APEX in Las Vegas with an exciting light heavyweight fight headlining UFC Vegas 50: Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev. Below are MMA DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy UFC lineups with the help of Awesemo’s expert UFC DFS projections. Let’s dig into some UFC picks for UFC Vegas 50: Santos vs. Ankalaev.
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Top-End UFC Picks
Magomed Ankalaev | DraftKings: $9,600 , FanDuel: $23
Ankalaev will have athleticism, durability and grappling advantages over Thiago Santos in this fight. He is technical and extremely dynamic. He will fight out of both stances and carries big power in both hands. Ankalaev has just one loss in his UFC, which was his debut against Paul Craig and Ankalaev was en route to a clear victory before getting caught in a submission with one second left in the fight. For UFC DFS today, Ankalaev is a solid play in both cash games and tournaments. Awesemo’s MMA projections give Ankalaev 83% win odds with a 46% chance for a knockout.
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Mid-Range UFC Picks
Kris Moutinho | DraftKings: $8,600, FanDuel: $19
Moutinho is coming into this fight, where he stepped in on short notice to fight Sean O’Malley and put on a spectacular showing before getting knocked out in the third round. Prior to that, Moutinho knocked out Ashiek Ajim for CES MMA in 2020 and submitted Andrew Salas for CFFC in 2021. Moutinho’s biggest strength is his toughness and the ability to walk forward regardless of how much damage he is absorbing. If Moutinho can take away Guido Cannetti’s space to work, then Moutinho has an extremely good shot to disrupt Cannetti’s rhythm and overwhelm him. For UFC DFS lineups, Moutinho has some risk, but could pay off his salary nicely with a finish. Awesemo’s MMA fantasy projections give Moutinho 58% win odds with a 31% chance for a knockout.
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UFC Value Picks
Terrance McKinney | DraftKings: $7,200, FanDuel: $11
McKinney is coming into to this fight with back-to-back first-round finishes. He has showcased a versatile and extremely dangerous game in his last two bouts. However, McKinney has only fought a total of 2 minutes, 18 seconds in those victories, so it will be interesting to see how his cardio holds up if taking into deep waters. McKinney has the big power, solid wrestling and heavy pressure that has caused Drew Dober issues in his past bout. For MMA DFS today, take shots on both sides of this fight, but the lean is with McKinney’s relentless pressure. Awesemo’s UFC projections give McKinney 39% win odds.
Alex Caceres | DraftKings: $7,100, FanDuel: $9
Caceres has been around the UFC for a long time, but never has been able to string together a long winning streak. Well, that has all changed, he is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, with three wins via decision and two wins via submission. Caceres is a tricky and dangerous fighter, which could cause Sodiq Yusuff issues, especially if this fight hits the mat, where Caceres could lock in one of his dangerous chokes. That said, Yusuff needs a win to re-establish himself in the UFC, so I expect both fighters to have their moments. For MMA DFS today, Caceres is a risky play, but his trickiness and dangerous submission game could prevail once again. Awesemo’s UFC projections give Caceres 31% win odds.
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