After a three-week break in the UFC schedule, the world’s top MMA promotion is back this weekend with UFC 210, which goes down Saturday night at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. It’s a solid card from a matchmaking perspective. Here are the 10 fighters I see scoring the most fantasy points this weekend at UFC 210.
1) Anthony Johnson ($8,100)
The main event of UFC 210 sees UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier rematch against challenger Anthony Johnson. These two previously met once in the Octagon with Cormier winning the fight by submission. However, I believe Johnson will win this rematch. Cormier is great, but he’s now 38 and has been dealing with numerous injuries. Johnson is 33 and in the prime of his career. He’s won his last three fights by knockout, and I think he has a chance of knocking out Cormier in the first round to win the title and deliver a big fantasy night for your team.
2) Jan Blachowicz ($8,200)
A light heavyweight battle sees Blachowicz take on Pat Cummins. This is your classic striker vs. grappler bout, as Blachowicz will look to keep the fight standing while Cummins will look to get the fight to the ground. I believe Blachowicz will be the one who is able to implement his game plan, and I think he has a great chance of getting a knockout win in the first round. Cummins has been knocked out four times in the UFC and Blachowicz has big-time power. I like Blachowicz, and I am looking for some huge points at an affordable price.
3) Myles Jury ($9,400)
Jury takes on Mike De La Torre in a featherweight bout, and I believe this is a very good stylistic matchup for Jury. Despite losing his last two fights, I still think Jury has a lot of potential in the sport. Jury is a wizard on the ground and that’s De La Torre’s weakness. I think Jury will get the fight to the ground and win by submission, which would make him a solid fantasy play.
4) Gegard Mousasi ($8,300)
Mousasi takes on Chris Weidman in the co-main event, and it’s a huge opportunity for Mousasi to make a statement before becoming a free agent. Mousasi has won his last four fights including knockout wins in his last three, while Weidman has been knocked out the last two times he’s stepped in the cage. Mousasi has all sorts of momentum coming into this fight, and I expect a great performance by him. I’m looking for Mousasi to win, potentially by knockout.
5) Cynthia Calvillo ($9,100)
Calvillo looked great in her UFC debut against Amanda Cooper, and now she takes on UFC newcomer Pearl Gonzalez in this fight. Calvillo finishes fights, and I think having that UFC experience will help her in this fight. I believe Calvillo can have another great performance here and get another finish.
6) Shane Burgos ($8,900)
Burgos is a top featherweight prospect who looked great in his UFC debut and who takes on Charles Rosa this weekend. Although Rosa is a solid fighter, I believe Burgos has the higher ceiling in the sport, and I expect him to win this fight. Most of Burgos’ victories have come by stoppage, and although Rosa is tough, I think there’s a solid chance Burgos finishes him in this fight.
7) Will Brooks ($9,400)
Brooks takes on Charles Oliveira as he looks to get back in the win column. Although Brooks has been a disappointment so far in the UFC since coming over from Bellator, he’s still young and has a lot of potential in the sport. Oliveira is an amazing submission artist, but he’s lost three of his last four fights and moving up to lightweight won’t help him. Brooks is a big lightweight and I see him using his wrestling to grind out a win over Oliveira. I think he has an outside chance of getting a finish as well.
8) Patrick Cote ($8,500)
Cote will take on Thiago Alves in a throwback fight on the main card. Both Cote and Alves have been in the UFC forever, and while both men are definitely at the tail end of their respective careers, I do think Cote has a bit more left in the tank. Despite a knockout loss to Donald Cerrone his last time out, Cote still has the potential to have a great showing against Alves, who has lost his last two fights, and Cote may even get a finish in this fight.
9) Irene Aldana ($7,500)
Aldana will take on Katlyn Chookagian in a bounce-back fight for both women after both lost a decision in their last outing. Aldana and Chookagian are both strikers who will look to keep this fight standing, but I believe Aldana is the more polished striker with more power, so she can accumulate a large number of fantasy points simply by throwing volume at her opponent. Women’s fights generally go the distance, but Aldana is a decent pick at this cheap price tag.
10) Magomed Bibulatov ($9,500)
The Russian Bibulatov makes his long-awaited UFC debut against Jenel Lausa. While Lausa is a solid prospect himself, Bibulatov is someone who could potentially be fighting for the flyweight title in short order, and a win over Lausa would be good for him. While I expect Bibulatov to win, flyweights generally don’t finish fights, which is why I have him at the bottom of this list.
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