UFC 258 has to be one of the more disappointing PPV’s in the past year or so, but the main event should be entertaining. Kamaru Usman defends his UFC welterweight title against former training partner Gilbert “Durinho” Burns. Let’s take a look at some fighters to target.
I’ll be targeting two guys above 9k. Rodolfo Vieira ($9300) is a four-time Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world champion and is 7-0 with all of his wins via finish. This guy is a top of the food chain kind of grappler, and this is a showcase fight. In 2 UFC appearances, he’s averaged 106.2 fpts, the guy is nasty, and I don’t see Anthony Hernandez presenting much of a challenge. I’ll also be on Ricky Simon ($9100). We were on Simon a few weeks ago, and I’ll be on him again. He won’t be in every lineup as his opponent, Brian Kelleher, has a nasty guillotine so that the opportunity will present itself. I expect Simon to roll, though, so I’ll have him in many lineups.
I’ll be 50/50 here. The thing that concerns me is how much Colby Covington could land on Usman early on in their encounter. Burns hits way harder than Covington, and he has the power to put any welterweight to sleep. Burns is live here for sure, but I can also see Usman grinding out of a decision.
There is not one particular fighter between 8900 and 8000. If there were one I had to choose from, it would be Julian Marquez. I can see him possibly getting a finish over Maki Pitolo, but Pitolo has some power, so that I will be cautious. Alexa Grasso at 8300 is intriguing because if she can keep the fight on the feet, she could put a lot of volume on Macey Barber. This is a tough price range, in my opinion.
I think Gillian Robertson could give Miranda Maverick a vet lesson and see Robertson’s grappling overwhelming Maverick. This is a huge step up in competition for the 23-year-old prospect. I’m certainly not buying into the hype. The fighter I will be targeting mostly is Ian Heinisch. If you have followed my DFS previews for a while, you know that I always back guys who are dogs and fight for your money. Heinisch is that guy. Kelvin Gastelum is only 29 years old, but I honestly think he hasn’t been the same since his war with Israel Adesanya. I think Heinisch could surprise many here and get a finish. I believe he has the power and grappling with giving Gastelum a lot of trouble. He just has to close the distance and cut off the cage, and not let Gastelum stay on the outside. With this being in the Apex and with the smaller cage, I think this favors Heinisch.
Best of luck this weekend with your lineups, and enjoy the fights!!!