Welcome UFC fans, UFC is live at the Apex Center in Las Vegas, with an exciting bantamweight fight headlining UFC Vegas 53: Rob Font vs. Marlon Vera. Below are MMA DFS pick for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy UFC lineups with the help Awesemo’s expert UFC DFS projections. Let’s dig into some UFC picks for UFC Vegas 53: Font vs. Vera.
UFC Vegas 53: Font vs. Vera MMA DFS Picks
Top-End UFC Picks
Alexander Romanov | DraftKings: $9,600, FanDuel: $23
Romanov is coming into this matchup on four-fight winning streak — one via knockout, two via submission and one via decision. This fight with Chase Sherman is clearly a mismatch, with Romanov being the better striker and the superior wrestler. For UFC DFS today, Romanov is a solid play in all formats. Romanov will look to shoot early and drag Sherman to the canvas and rain down nasty ground-and-pound while looking to lock in a submission. Awesemo’s MMA projections give Romanov 93% win odds with a 80% chance for a knockout.
Tatsuro Taira | DraftKings: $9,200, FanDuel: $22
Taira comes out with a slow pace feeling his opponent out, using dangerous leg kicks to keep range and damage his opponent. In this fight, both fighters have strong grappling abilities and are extremely dangerous in scrambles. That said, I expect Taira to be the better grappler and with his speed he can lock in a submission, which should pay huge dividends. For MMA DFS lineups, Taira is a strong play due to his submission abilities. Awesemo’s UFC projections give Taira 69% win odds with a 41% chance for a knockout.
Romanov was one of the top fighters popping in the Awesemo MMA DFS optimizer projections today. He’s a top UFC Pick for this slate. Check out all of our free fantasy MMA DFS Picks and projections in our DraftKings UFC DFS Cheat Sheet and FanDuel UFC DFS Cheat Sheet.
Mid-Range UFC Picks
Darren Elkins | DraftKings: $8,600, FanDuel: $19
Elkins’ cardio is elite, and his toughness, relentlessness and mental fortitude will often break his opponents. He is coming off a disappointing knockout loss against Cub Swanson, and I expect a bounce-back performance against Tristan Connelly. Over Elkins’ career, he has always shown the ability come back from punishment and secure a come-from-behind win. For UFC DFS, Elkins carries some risk, but also could be leverage in a large-field tournament due to low ownership. Awesemo’s UFC projections give Elkins 62% win odds.
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UFC Value Picks
Marlon Vera | DraftKings: $7,900, FanDuel: $16
Vera will be looking to continue his winning streak. In this matchup against Rob Font, if Vera can avoid the nasty jab of Font and drag him to the mat, then he has a solid shot at victory. Vera fights with an insane pace and is an extremely tough out. He is well-rounded, with eight wins coming via submission and five via knockout. That said, earlier this week I was more on the Font side, but after seeing the weigh-ins Font looks off to me and could struggle in this fight. For UFC DFS, Vera is a strong paly in all formats due to his finishing abilities. Awesemo’s UFC projections give Vera 45% win odds.
Yohan Lainesse | DraftKings: $7,700, FanDuel: $15
Lainesse will have the advantage in both the height and reach department. He is a well-rounded fighter, with technical striking and solid wrestling. Lainesse is making his UFC debut, Gabe Green is going to come out pushing the pace and marching forward, which could leave his chin open for the power left hook of Lainesse. I expect Lainesse will win the striking exchanges and land the more powerful shots ending this fight early. For UFC fantasy, Lainesse is a solid value play due to his finishing abilities. Awesemo’s MMA projections give Lainesse 45% win odds with a 34% chance for a knockout.
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