IT’S TIME! UFC Vegas 53 comes from the UFC performance center and is headlined by Rob Font vs Marlon Vera in a bantamweight dust up. Whoever wins will propel themselves into title contention.

In total there are 12 fights across UFC Vegas 53 with a mix of younger talent and older talent who have something to prove. An exciting evening of knockouts awaits and with it our exciting MMA contest.  

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  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 highest priced fighters on tonight’s card are Rob Font (19.2M), Alexander Romanov (19.1M) and Andre Fili (17.8M)

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 Vegas 53 slate on FanTeam: 


Grant Dawson takes on Jared Gordon in a lightweight dust up tonight.

Dawson fills the void tonight after Gordon’s original opponent Rafael Alves pulled out with an injury. Normally this would be a reason of concern for me ,a fighter taking a fight at short notice is never ideal but I don’t mind it here.

Dawson excels on the floor and is an impressive submission artist. He also possesses tremendous power on his feet and that shows with 4 of his last 6 fights coming by stoppage wins. His opponent Gordon has been knocked out 3 times in his last 4 fights and his UFC tenure is in serious doubt.

With this in mind I only see one outcome. Dawson by knockout is the verdict.


Darren Elkins takes on Tristian Connelly in an exciting featherweight contest tonight.

This could be a war between these 2 featherweights and it could very well be the fight of the night. Elkins is a highly experienced fighter on the UFC roster with an awesome wrestling background. He will be on the front foot from the off tonight and will try to bulldoze his opponent.

Elkins’ opponent tonight has stepped into this fight on short notice and is up 2 weight classes since his last fight. The fill in already gave me concerns but the jump up in weight is not ideal either. 

With this in mind I only see this fight going one way and that’s the veteran getting it done on the mat. Elkins via submission is the verdict.


Jake Collier takes on Andrei Arlovski tonight in a heavyweight dust up.

Collier is the perfect value option for this slate. A talented natural fighter who should capitalize on his youth, power and instincts tonight. Collier made his opponent tap out in January from a choke hold and the big bad heavyweight will have youth on his side tonight with his opponent Aklovski being 10 years his senior.

Aklovski is deep into his UFC career at the age of 43. Once feared as a knockout artist he has slowed down considerably and most of his recent victories have come by way of decision.

With this in mind I can only see one result and that’s a Collier win. Collier via submission is the verdict.


Although I will be entering multi entries in Saturday’s cash games, this is one of my lineups for UFC Vegas 53 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 Vegas 53 cash contests  start at 21.00BST 22.00CET,  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.


If you’re new to FanTeam then you’ll need to create a new account here – alternatively, head on over to fanteam.com and click the green ‘Register’ button in the top right corner.

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.

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