This weekend the biggest UFC event of the year takes place from the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. The headliner is for the light-heavyweight championship as champion Jon “Bones” Jones takes on Thiago “Marreta” Santos. There is also another title on the line as Amanda Nunes defends her womens bantameight title against former champion Holly Holm. There are 7 fighters above 9k, so it will be interesting to see what the winning lineup will be. Let’s take a look at the salaries.

Chalk

Jon Jones $9500 – Jon Jones is the best fighter on the planet right now, and the only way he loses this fight is a wild haymaker by Santos. Joes will be smart and should eventually take this fight to the ground. Jones can win via sub, decision, or possibly even knockout. Just a hunch but I see Jones winning this via sub around round 3. With his accumulation of strikes combined with takedowns and a finish should make for a good night for Jones. I will have a lineup or two with Santos because of his price but I will have a lot of Jones. 

Marlon Vera $9500 – I won’t have a lot of Chito, but the guy has improved so much over his past 3 fights and he’s scored above 105 in his past 3 contests. He’s fighting a newcomer in Nohelin Hernandez and I’m thinking he’ll get quite a rude welcome into the UFC. I’ve seen a lot of people giving Hernandez a shot, but fighting on short notice during international fight week will bring major octagon jitters.

Edman Shabazyan $9400 – Edman will be very highly owned and his game is extremely well-rounded. Not many can win by decision and score over 90 fpts scoring 8 takedowns. He can also do damage with his hands as shown in his last fight with a 1st round knockout. Marshman is going to get destroyed here.

50/50

Rockhold/Blachowicz – I don’t know what to make of this fight. If Blachowicz wins he pays off his salary, and If Rockhold wins he could win via sub or TKO. Blachowicz could very well knock out Rockhold, could that chin hold up at 205? That remains to be seen…interesting fight for sure.

Mid Tier

Claudia Gadelha $8800 – I think Claudia will be low owned due to her last performace and her issues with cardio. Claudia is better everywhere than Randa Markos, and I think she’s quite capable of getting a 1st round sub here. I’ll have some of Claudia in my lineups.

Julia Avila $8600  Julia is somewhat of an unknown, but the girl has some serious skills. She’s 5-1 and making her UFC debut against the 11-4 Swede Pannie Kianzad. Julia is better everywhere and I can see here getting a sub or TKO…I don’t think she’ll be particularly popular but I think she’s very capable of scoring over 90.

Dogs

Jorge Masvidal $7600 – Ben Askren is overrated and very lucky to be still undefeated. Askren has holes in his game and Gamebread is the guy to expose them.

Holly Holm $7100 – Noone is giving Holly a shot, and that’s fine because maybe her ownership will be low. I’ll have some of Holly in my lineup, I think she can win and oh my that salary relief!!!!

Diego Sanchez $7000 – Diego will probably be a popular dog. The guy has never been submitted and has the ability to outgrapple Michael Chiesa. Diego is a fucking psycho, you gotta have him in your lineup right?