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UFC LONDON PICKS AND TEAM REVEAL

UFC LONDON

IT’S TIME, ladies and gentlemen! The UFC is back in London after a 3 year absence but it looks set to be worth the wait! Headlined by Tom Aspinall of Wigan who takes on Alexander Volkov in a heavyweight dust up. The card also features the homecoming of Paddy Pimblett A.K.A. Paddy The Baddy!

The UFC really is the ultimate fighting experience, where favorites can be knocked out at any moment. We have seen it time and time again with greats such as Michael Bisping, Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor all staring up at those lights and wondering what the hell just happened. 

The UFC is everything it’s advertised to be – trash talking, bright lights, bright stars and violence with great technique mixed in. All making it the greatest combat sport in the world, in my opinion – and the perfect sport to play DFS in. 

THE CONTEST

Why not enjoy all the spectacular moments tonight by entering a few DFS lineups and experiencing the thrills of your fighter getting a first round KO. 

We have 2 contests this week with a €2 and €10 buy in and a prizepool of €500, €1000 respectively.

If you have played FanTeam UFC then you will be familiar with our universal 6 concept. For those of you who haven’t tho then it’s simple, simply pick 6 fighters within a £105M budget. 

Scoring  remains the same and is again very simple. 1 point for a strike, 2 for a takedown, 5 for a reversal. A fighter that wins within the first round also gets 100 points compared to a fighter winning in round 5 who gets just 30 points.

This, however, might even itself out over the fight with the fighter winning in round 5 getting a ton of strikes and takedowns, so there’s many ways to approach this.

I don’t even hate 2 fighters from the same fight if it was to go all the way, as there’s potential for points-galore!

THE FIGHTS

 

PRELIMS

 

Cory McKenna VS Elise Reed (Strawweights)

McKenna is coming off a 16 month absence from the UFC after a decision win in her UFC debut. A young well-rounded prospect who has a favorable match-up tonight. Her opponent Elise Reed is coming off a first round knockout loss in her UFC debut last July. Reed seems to struggle with takedowns, so with that in mind McKenna by decision is my verdict. 

Cory McKenna (17.8M)

Jack Shore VS Timur Valiev (Heavyweights)

Shore is coming off a decision victory last September. The victory was impressive enough but we then found out that he did it with a torn bicep. Shore is a submission specialist with 8 of his victories coming via submission. Valiev is also coming off a decision win. A striking specialist but someone who has notable holes in his game. Jack Shore via submission is my verdict.

Jack Shore (16.4M)

Molly Mcann VS Luana Carolina (Flyweights)

Both fighters come into this fight off decision victories. Mcann is a high-volume boxer who is always on the front foot. Carolina is a high-volume striker who does have a reach advantage in this fight. A fight that could go either way but it’s Mcann I favor, with that forward pressure. Mcann via knockout is my verdict. 

Molly Mcann (17.0M)

Mike Grundy VS Makwan Amirkhani (Featherweights)

Both fighters are coming off losses, Grundy via split-decision and Amirkhani via knockout. Grundy is a very talented wrestler, who averages 4 takedowns every 15 minutes. Grundy is also a very capable submission specialist with 12 of his wins coming via submission. Amirkhani was brutally knocked out last time. He will look to get this fight down on the mat which will only play into Grundy’s hands. Grundy via submission is the verdict.

Mike Grundy (16.9M)

Muhammad Mokaev VS Cody Durden (Flyweight)

Mokaev is making his UFC debut tonight. Originally from the Dagestan region but now fighting out of England he possesses the typical Dagestan grappling and ground and pound skills. Durden is coming off a decision victory last time out but I have serious concerns with his cardio in this one. Mokaev via submission is my verdict.

Muhammad Mokaev (18.0M)

Jai Herbert VS Ilia Topuria (Lightweight)

Herbert comes into this fight off a first round knockout victory in October. His first UFC win! Herbert is a powerful striker with 9 of his professional MMA victories coming via knockout. Topuria, a hot prospect in the MMA scene is 11-0  with 10 of those victories inside the distance. A well-rounded athlete who has legitimate knockout power. A good fight this one but it’s Topuria who gets it done via knockout.

Ilia Topuria (18.9M)

MAIN CARD

 

Gunnar Nelson VS Takashi Sato (Welterweight)

Not much to talk about here as Nelson has been handed a very favorable matchup. Nelson has not had a fight inside the octagon since 2019 when he lost to Gilbert Burns. A dangerous grappler with 7 wins coming via submission. Sato is not sound defensively and has tapped out 3 times in his last 3 fights. Nelson via submission is the pick.

Gunnar Nelson (18.1M)

Nikita Krylov VS Paul Craig (Light Heavyweight)

Krylov is coming off a decision loss last time out to Magomed Ankaleaev, this loss is no disgrace though as Magomed is one of the best in the division. Krylov is a rangey fighter who is a difficult matchup  for most. Craig has not lost in the UFC since 2019! That’s a 5 fight win streak, a keen grappler which could help him here as Krylov likes to clinch. Underdog pick! Paul Craig via decision is the pick.

Paul Craig (14.8M) 

Shamil Abdurakhimov VS Sergei Pavlovich (Heavyweights)

Pavlovich is coming off a massive layoff, nearly 2 and a half years! The last time we saw him he did win via knockout but he has been plagued by injury since. A knockout specialist with 11 of his 14 UFC wins coming via knockout. Luckily for Pavlovich he comes up against a fighter in Abdurakhimov who has lost his last 2 fights and is at a 8 inch reach disadvantage. Pavlovich via knockout is the verdict.

Sergei Pavlovich (18.2M)

Paddy Pimblett VS Kazula Vargas (Lightweight)

Paddy The Baddy lived up to his hype on his UFC debut back in September when he won via first round knock out. A dangerous submission grappler who has 10 wins in his MMA career all coming inside the distance. Varga won last time out via decision but its hard to rate any part of his game here. Paddy the Baddy via knockout is the verdict 

Paddy Pimblett (19.1M)

Arnold Allen VS Dan Hooker (Featherweight)

Allen is coming off a decision victory last time out and sports an impressive record 17-1. He is on a 8 fight win streak and possesses fantastic kick boxing skills.Hooker is coming off a first round submission loss last time out and is dropping down weight here so it will be interesting to see if he loses any power from the weight cut. I will have exposure to both fighters here but I think Hooker gets it done via decision. 

Dan Hooker (16.1M)

Alexander Volkov VS Tom Aspinall (Heavyweight)

The main event of the night belongs to the heavyweights as Tom Aspinall fights in front of the home crowd. Aspinall has a 11-2 record inside the octagon and is currently on a 7 fight win streak. Aspinall has never reached the third round in his career, in part due to his powerful boxing skills and heavy leg kicks. Volkov is coming off a decision victory last time out and his only losses to date have come against the very best in the division. He will most certainly have the cardio advantage in this fight. I will have exposure to both sides in this fight but I fancy Aspinall at home via a first round knockout.

Tom Aspinall (18.8M)

ONE OF MY ENTRIES

Although I will be entering multiple lineups in Saturday’s  games, this is one of my lineups for UFC London  on FanTeam.

As you can see, the lineup is built around my player selections above.

I hope this article has given you plenty of food for thought – especially for those of you that know very little about UFC, but are playing in Saturday’s Main Event contest.

UFC London  cash contests  start at 17:00GMT/18:00CET, so be sure to enter your lineups early to avoid missing out.

Please feel free to message me on Twitter @JackHumphreyKM if you have any questions – all support queries should go to @FanTeamOfficial.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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Existing users can click the graphic below for direct access to the weekly monster or head on over to the MMA lobby.

Best of luck to everyone entering tonight – I look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.

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