For the 4th week in a row, the UFC will head the Apex for UFC on ESPN 12, or UFC Vegas 4, whatever you want to call it. Headlining the card will be a pair of elite lightweights as Dustin Poirier takes on Dan Hooker. There are a lot of interesting fights on the card, so let’s take a look at some fighters to target.
See below, I won’t be all in on Brandon Allen, but I’ll have some of him. I’ll have a little bit of Mike Perry, but that’s such an odd fight and his girlfriend is going to be in his corner…just odd. Miranda Maverick isn’t fighting, and you should check out her Instagram post (@fearthemaverick_homt)…stay classy Miranda.
Brendan Allen has scored 106 and 110 fpts in his first two fights in the UFC. He surprised many in his last bout as he won via TKO when his specialty is Jiu-Jitsu. Many may think he’s going to roll here, and even though his opponent Kyle Daukaus is making his UFC debut, he’s well-skilled in submissions and he’s 9-0 with 8 submissions on his resume. he’s no slouch and the current Cage Fury middleweight champion. You have to take into account the UFC jitters, but he already has a win on Dana White’s contender series back in June of 2019. I feel that there will be a finish here either way and I’ll be split on this fight, and it should be pretty entertaining.
Dustin Poirier $8700 – By far my favorite DK plays on the card. I like Hooker, he’s talented but Poirier .is levels above. Add onto the fact that Hooker took an insane amount of damage in his last fight (which I scored for Felder). Poirier will break Hooker down and eventually get a late 3rd or 4th round stoppage.
Youseff Zalal $8000 – This guy is insanely talented and while he didn’t get a finish in his debut he accumulated multiple takedowns in a unanimous decision victory. Zalal has the tools to give Jordan griffin a lot of problems, and I can see him accumulating a lot of points via a submission or decision win.
Gian Villante $7600 – Villante will be making his debut at heavyweight and I think in this fight the move will pay dividends. He won’t have to cut down to 205, and that will help not only his chin but his cardio as well. Villante is still pretty durable, and I think there’s a path to victory here against Maurice Greene. This might be an ugly fight, but Villante definitely has the wrestling edge, and he is actually going to be the bigger guy. In the long run, this move won’t pay dividends for the Long Island product, but this is a good matchup for him.
Ramiz Brahimaj $7800 – Won’t have a lot of Brahimaj, but this Fortis MMA product is making his UFC debut and he has a really slick submission game. Takashi Sato will be the better striker here, but I like Brahimaj’s potential and I think he’s the better athlete and much quicker. This fight is going to the ground and the grappling edge goes significantly to Brahamaj. I’ll take a couple of shots with the UFC debutant.
Kyle Daucus $7000 – See above in the 50/50
I’ll have to put Sean Woodson into a few lineups, at the time I was writing this it was announced that Julian Erosa is filling in for Kyle Nelson. Woodson will be able to style on Erosa, and I think he’ll be heavily owned. I’ll have some Woodson but not too much.