The UFC returns this weekend with another night of fights in London, England as UFC Fight Night 107 takes place Saturday afternoon. It’s a card full of exciting fights, so let’s get to it.
Here are my picks for the 10 fighters I think will score the most fantasy points this weekend.
1. Jimi Manuwa ($8,400)
The main event of UFC Fight Night 107 is a light heavyweight banger between hard-hitting Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson. The fight is scheduled for five rounds, but I don’t see it lasting that long. Manuwa is a devastating knockout artist, and at some point I see him catching Anderson on the chin and knocking him out, possibly in the first round, which would lead to huge fantasy points. I like Manuwa at this price.
2. Joseph Duffy ($9,700)
One of the fighters with the highest chance of a finish is lightweight Joseph Duffy, who is not surprisingly the most expensive fighter on the card. Duffy is taking on Reza Madadi, and it’s a good matchup for Duffy to get an impressive win. He’s 3-1 with three stoppage wins, and I expect him to finish Madadi in this one too, becoming the first man to stop Madadi in the process.
UPDATE: Brett Johns’ fight against Ian Entwistle has been cancelled.
Brett Johns ($9,300)
Another fighter with a great chance of a finish is Brett Johns, who takes on Ian Entwistle in a bantamweight bout. Johns isn’t a great finisher, but why I like him here to win by stoppage is because Entwistle is a one-trick pony. If he can’t get his patented heel hook in the first few minutes of the fight, Johns is likely going to knock him out with ground and pound. I like Johns here, and I’m looking for him to get his first UFC knockout win.
4. Vicente Luque ($8,700)
Two of the most underrated welterweights in the UFC clash when Vicente Luque takes on Leon Edwards. Luque is 4-1 in the UFC with four finishes and Edwards is 4-2 two finishes. Both guys are excellent, but only one man can win, and in this situation I’m going with Luque. He’s been extremely impressive lately and is able to finish fights in devastating fashion in both the standup and on the ground. I’m looking for Luque to get a stoppage win here and continue his march up the welterweight ladder.
5. Darren Stewart ($8,800)
A light heavyweight rematch sees Darren Stewart take on Francimar Barroso. These two previously met last year, with Stewart winning by TKO that was later overturned to a No Contest due to an accidental headbutt. This time around, I see Stewart finishing Barroso with a legal blow, likely in the first round, making him a solid fantasy pick.
6. Marc Diakese ($8,900)
Two lightweights meet as Marc Diakese fights Teemu Packalen. Both are solid prospects, but I do favor Diakese to win this fight. His grappling is improving and on the feet he should have a big advantage. I think he even has a chance of winning this fight by knockout.
7. Alan Jouban ($7,000)
One of the underdogs I like on this card to pick up a win is Alan Jouban, who fights Gunnar Nelson in the co-main event. Although Nelson is an excellent fighter himself, Jouban has been extremely impressive as of late, and I think he has the striking advantage in this one to pull off the upset, though it will likely be by decision. If you’re putting some of the pricier fighters on your team and need a cheaper fighter to round out your squad, I think Jouban fits that mold.
8. Tom Breese ($9,000)
A middleweight bout between Tom Breese and Oluwale Bamgbose could either end in a finish or it could be a grind. It’s hard to say. I do like Breese to win the fight, but even though he has a lot of finishes on his record I could see this being a situation where he plays it safe against the explosive Bamgbose and grinds him out for a decision win. At this price, however, I’m not sure I would play Breese.
9. Scott Askham ($8,600)
A pair of middleweights clash when Bradley Scott takes on Scott Askham. Both guys have talent but with identical 2-3 records, both have proven to be inconsistent at this level of the game. Having said that, I do like Askham to win the fight as I feel his superior striking attack will get his hand raised. However, Scott is tough enough to survive to a decision, so I don’t love Askham at this price.
10. Marlon Vera ($8,000)
Bantamweight Brad Pickett will have his retirement fight in his native England when he takes on Marlon Vera, but I don’t think it’s going to be a good night for Pickett. The veteran has lost five of his last six fights, and I think Vera has a great chance to beat him here. Having said that, Pickett is still tough enough to survive to a decision, but I do think Vera wins a decision with an outside shot of a stoppage.
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