Finally!!! After a long absence, the UFC returns this weekend for UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida. With the return of the octagon comes a huge card with two title fights, one for the interim lightweight title and the other for the Henry Cejudo defends the men’s bantamweight strap against Dominick Cruz in the co-main event, while Tony Ferguson takes on Justin Gaethje in the main event for the interim lightweight title. This card should not disappoint, let’s look at some fighters to target.

Chalk

Ryan Spann $9200 –  It is hard to gauge how much he’ll be owned, but Spann’s athleticism and quickness will be too much for the veteran Alvey. Alvey is always capable of landing something that can change the course of a fight but I don’t see it happening here. I see this staying on the feet and ending via KO…early.

Mid-Tier

Bryce Mitchell $8500 – Due to his price I don’t think Mitchell will be highly owned, but I love the tenacity this kid brings. I wouldn’t be surprised if his opponent his higher owned, but Mitchell wins fights, and I think his game is getting better and better with each fight. 

Dog

Jairzinho Rozenstruik $7100 – I know Francis Ngannou has the capability to put anyone’s lights out, but I think the line on this fight is a little out of whack. This fight is going to take place on the feet, and while Ngannou might have a slight advantage when it comes to power, Rozenstruik is by far the more technical and fluid striker. In my opinion, this will be the most polished striker Ngannou has faced in his UFC career. Many people forget that Rozenstruik was a very decorated kickboxer prior to transitioning the MMA with a 76-8 record with 64 of those wins by knockout. Many think that Ngannou is the next big thing, but I think Rozenstruik will win this via ko or unanimous decision. 

50/50

Ferguson/Gaethje – I have to go 50/50 here because there is a legit path for both of these fighters and a lot of points will be scored by whoever wins. It won’t go past 3 rounds, and if it does I’ll be shocked. 

Others to consider:

I’m hesitant to put Jeremy Stephens in my lineup, but he could come up big, Dominick Cruz is a live dog as well as he’s elusive and will have a size advantage. It could be a bad matchup for Cejudo. Niko Price and Vicente Luque will be fireworks, so expect a finish there. Yorgan de Castro is a tad bit disrespected and could upend Greg Hardy but I will have minimal ownership. Tough fight to call, but Hardy shouldn’t be $8600 given his past performances.