The UFC never sleeps and this weekend the world’s top MMA promotion is back with UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee. It’s a solid card from top to bottom, and I’m here to help you make your selections for your DraftKings teams.
Here is my list of the top-10 fighters at UFC Fight Night 112.
1. Tim Means ($9,000)
Means takes on Alex Garcia in a welterweight bout, and Means is my favorite pick on the whole card. For starters, Means is a finishing machine, having won his last four victories inside the Octagon via stoppage. Generally, Means will look to attack his opponents on the feet, but he has a decent ground game as well. I feel Means will be able to keep this fight standing and eventually catch Garcia on the chin and knock him out. With a good chance of getting a finish, Means is someone to put in your lineup.
2. Dominick Reyes ($9,300)
Reyes will be making his UFC debut against Joachim Christensen, and I really like this light heavyweight prospect. Reyes, who is 27, recently scored a highlight-reel knockout win that got him this UFC contract. He has a ton of finishes on his undefeated resume and looks to be a legit striker with power at 205. I’m not sure why Christensen is coming back so soon, but either way, I see Reyes wiping the floor with him and knocking him out early. He’s definitely one of my favorite picks on the whole card.
3. Michael Chiesa ($8,000)
The main event between Chiesa and Kevin Lee should be a good one, but I have to go with Chiesa in this one. The main reason I like Chiesa here is that he’s fought a higher level of competition. While Lee has been fighting mostly mid-level fighters on his four-fight win streak, Chiesa has been fighting top-10 guys during his three-fight win streak. We’ve seen Lee get tired as the fight goes on and in a five-round fight I give Chiesa a serious edge in the cardio department. Chiesa is extremely sneaky with his submissions, and if he can take Lee’s back I think he’ll sink in the choke and finish him, so I’m going with Chiesa here.
4. Erik Koch ($8,600)
I’m going to fade Clay Guida and go with Koch in this lightweight contest. Guida is 35 and has lost three of his last four fights, and the last time we saw him he got brutally knocked out by Brian Ortega, a fighter not known for his knockout power. Koch is coming off of a submission win over Shane Campbell and when he’s on he has the ability to finish his opponents on the feet or on the ground. At 28, Koch is right in his prime. I don’t see this one ending up well for Guida at all, and I predict Koch is able to finish him and possibly end Guida’s UFC career.
5. Johny Hendricks ($8,500)
I’m going with Johny Hendricks in this middleweight fight against Tim Boetsch. I really liked the way Hendricks looked in his 185 debut against Hector Lombard, and I think Boetsch is another winnable fight for Hendricks, who has the better striking and better wrestling in this matchup. Plus, this fight takes place in Hendricks’ home state of Oklahoma. I expect Hendricks to steamroll Boetsch in this fight, and possibly even stop him.
6. Marvin Vettori ($9,100)
I like Vettori in this middleweight contest opposite Vitor Miranda. For starters, Vettori is 23, so he’s 15 years younger than the 38-year-old Miranda, and generally, when there’s an age gap that big, the younger fighter is at a serious advantage. As well, Vettori is superior on the ground, which is where Miranda is weak. I feel Vettori is the better fighter with more upside. I think he has a pretty good chance to finish Miranda here and continue to turn heads in the UFC.
7. Josh Stansbury ($8,700)
I like Stansbury to defeat Jeremy Kimball, but my only hesitation is I’m not sure if he’s going to finish the fight or not. So far in the UFC, Stansbury hasn’t really looked like the sort of finishing machine he was on the regional circuit, but then again Kimball is a guy who gets knocked out and submitted quite often. I think Stansbury has the chance to get the finish, but at the very least he should take home a pretty dominant decision here. Kimball just isn’t very good at all.
8. Justine Kish ($7,900)
I’m fairly confident in Kish defeating Felice Herrig, but I don’t know if she’ll get the finish which is why she’s lower on this list. Kish is a solid volume kickboxer but hasn’t shown any stopping power in the UFC. That being said, all those strikes are going to add up in a 15-minute fight, and I think she’s going to outclass Herrig on the feet in this fight and take home the victory. I don’t see a finish as likely, but if she can land a lot of strikes, Kish can rack up a lot of points for you.
9. Johnny Case ($7,800)
Case takes on Tony Martin in what is a well-matched lightweight contest, but I’m going with Case for the win despite coming off of a long layoff. I feel Case is the more complete fighter with superior finishing ability on the feet and on the mat. Martin has definitely looked much better as of late, but it’s hard to ignore his first few fights in the UFC when he wasn’t looking too hot. It should be a competitive bout, but I think Case has the chance of getting a finish in this fight, and at this price is someone to consider for the bottom of your lineup.
10. Devin Powell ($7,000)
When you take a few expensive fighters you may need to take a cheap one to make up the difference, and that’s why Powell is on this list. I don’t love him in this fight against Darrell Horcher — I see it as a very close fight — but at this cheap price, he’s someone to plug into the bottom of your lineup. Horcher hasn’t fought in over a year and is coming off of a serious motorcycle accident, and in his only UFC fight, he got brutally TKOed. There’s a chance Powell could finish him too, so at this cheap price, he’s a great filler option.
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