Hello, UFC fans. This weekend, we have a 11-fight card in Abu Dhabi, including a main event between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. The main GPP has $100,000 going to first place with a total of 500,000 being paid out. Here I will offer the fighters I feel have the most upside and value. Let’s dig into some UFC DFS picks.
UFC DFS Picks: Fight Night: Orttega vs.Sung Jung, MMA DFS | DraftKings
Core MMA DFS Picks
Maxim Grishin | DraftKings: $9,100, FanDuel $20
Grishin will be the better fighter everywhere, and he will have the size advantage along with a 7.5-inch reach advantage. He had a rough road in his UFC debut, moving up a weight class to face Marcin Tybura. Although he escaped taking a lot of damage, Tybura dominated the fight. Grishin will be moving back to 205, where he is on a nine-fight win streak. He has huge knockout power and can put his opponents lights out with one shot. Furthermore, Grishin has 15 knockouts in his career. In this fight, Grishin will need to avoid Gadzhimurad Antigulov’s high energy, fast-paced first round. Awesemo’s UFC DFS Fighter projections give Grishin 77% win odds with a 59% chance for a knockout.
Jimmy Crute | DraftKings: $9,000, FanDuel: $19
Crute is a big, powerful fighter and extremely aggressive when he steps into the Octagon. In fact, Crute is one of the more promising young light heavyweights. Furthermore, Crute is a strong wrestler and has a dangerous submission game. Crute dominated Michal Oleksiejczuk in his last fight back in February. I expect Crute to control this fight once it hits the canvas while looking to lock in a submission. According to Awesemo’s UFC DFS Fighter projections, Crute has 76% win odds with a 60% chance for a knockout.
Mid-Priced Picks MMA DFS Picks
Jun Yong Park | DraftKings: $8,800, FanDuel: $17
Park is at his best on the feet, but he does have a good ground game, although his wrestling needs some improvements. Furthermore, Park will look to lock in the anaconda choke once the fight hits the canvas. Park has three knockouts and three submissions in his career. In this fight, I expect Park will look to utilize his boxing skills while looking for the big shot or the right time to shoot and take this fight to the canvas. Awesemo’s UFC DFS Fighter projections have Park’s as the fifth-highest projected fighter on the slate with 70% win odds.
Jessica Andrade | DraftKings: $8,400, FanDuel: $16
Andrade is moving up to 125 pounds. Although, she is getting a tough matchup against Katlyn Chookagian, who happens to be the former No. 1 contender. Andrade is an aggressive powerhouse fighter and will bring heavy pressure while always walking her opponents down. She is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Gilliard Parana. Andrade is a solid wrestler, and she will throw opponents around like a ragdoll. Awesemo’s UFC DFS Fighter projections give Andrade 58% win odds with a 29% chance for a knockout.
Value MMA DFS Picks
Brian Ortega | DraftKings: $7,600, FanDuel: $19
Ortega is making his long-awaited return to the Octagon after almost a two-year layoff. His last fight was against Max Holloway for the title, though things did not go as planned for Ortega, losing by way of knockout. Ortega is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Rener Gracie. Furthermore, Ortega is one of the best submission artists in the game. I expect Ortega to be well prepared and motivated in his return to the Octagon, as a win over Sung Jung could put him back line as a top contender for the title. Awesemo’s UFC DFS Fighter projections give Ortega 36% win odds, while Awesemo’s UFC DFS Ownership Projections have Ortega at 28%.
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