PICKS AND TEAM REVEAL
IT’S TIME, ladies and gentlemen! Hot off the heels of UFC London (probably the best non PPV event in UFC history) is UFC Columbus, headlined by heavyweights Curtis Blaydes taking on Chris Daukaus.
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.
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 a €5 buy in and a prize pool of €1000 for this contest.
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!
MY FIGHTER PICKS
The highest priced fighters on tonight’s card are Curtis Blaydes (19.2M), Manon Fiorot (19.1M) and Aliaskhab Khizriev (18.9M)
If you are playing a single entry or multi-entering, then you will almost certainly need to have exposure to these guys. It’s extremely difficult to play all of those guys in one lineup, so you will need to find a balance.
Here a few of my Core Plays for tonight’s UFC Columbus slate on FanTeam:
Karol Rosa (17.8M)
Karol Rosa takes on Sara McMann in a bantamweight dust up. Rosa is a dominant volume striker who had no issues in dispatching Bethe Correia back in October. Additionally she is a black belt in BJJ so I have no concerns with her grappling skills.
McMann is coming off a third round submission loss and age is not on her side at 42. She is a good wrestler however but I can not see her having enough cardio in this fight to have much effect.
Karol Rosa via knockout is my verdict.
Ilir Latifi (16.7M)
Ilir Latifi takes on Aleksei Oleinik in a heavyweight dust up. Latifi was not great last time out coming off a split decision win in a fight he probably lost. In any event it was his first win in 4 fights. Latifi is a mixed bag of a fighter with impressive power especially in the grapple game.
Oleinik does not have age on his side here and at 45 he is coming off a decision loss to Sergey Spivac last time out. He can be dangerous on the mat but I just dont think he has the cardio to trouble Latifi here.
Latifi via knockout is the verdict.
Matt Brown (16.2M)
Matt Brown takes on Bryan Barberena in a welterweight dust up. Brown is immortal and at the age of 41 is coming off a second round knockout victory over Dhiego Lima last June. Even at his age he still has that finishing ability and should have a clear power advantage in this fight.
Barberena himself comes into this fight off a decision victory over Darian Weeks. However at this point he has become very hard to trust and doesn’t seem to be the fighter he once was after multiple injuries. He has also been knocked out in 2 of his last 3 fights. Duriablity has been a massive concern and I can’t trust him here against a dangerous powerful Brown.
Brown via knockout is the verdict.
Although I will be entering multi entries in tonight’s cash games, this is one of my lineups for UFC Columbus tonight 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 Columbus cash contests start at 20:00GMT/21:00CET, so be sure to enter your lineups early to avoid missing out.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Existing users can click the graphic below for direct access to the game lobby.
Best of luck to everyone entering tonight – I look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.