The UFC is back in Vegas this weekend for UFC Vegas 32: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. It’s a pretty decent card. So let’s take a look at some fighters to target.
There are a few options above 9k. Sijara Eubanks at $9400 may be a decent play, simply for the fact that she should score well with takedowns and control time. She scored 100 fpts aver Julia Avila, and I think she could put forth the same performance against Elise Reed. I will have Adrian Yanez ($9000) in a few lineups as well, but the lineups I don’t have him in, I’ll have some Randy Costa ownership. It’ll be pretty much a split ownership play, but I do favor Yanez as he should be able to stay outside and pick Costa apart. Costa is extremely dangerous early on and is very capable of ending the fight early. This should be one of the better fights on the card.
Cory Sandhagen $8800 – I am a firm believer in karma. I can see why some people are backing Dillashaw. He’s a former champion and was once considered one of the best bantamweights in UFC history. It is a fact that T.J. Dillashaw derailed many careers, Cody Garbrandt and Renan Barao, to name a few. This was due to the EPO he was on for a substantial period of time. Do we have concrete evidence? No, but after his split decision loss to Raphael Assunção, I saw a much different fighter. I don’t know how people see it, but he improved so fast that I’m surprised he wasn’t caught earlier. I think Sandhagen is going to piece up Dillashaw, he will set up traps, and he will end the fight early. Sandhagen is longer, quicker, and younger, and I fully expect him to put on a clinic on Saturday night.
Miranda Maverick $8400 – I think Maverick’s wrestling will give Maycee Barber fits, and she should score well with takedowns and control time. Maverick should win via decision or possibly by ground and pound in round 3.
Punahele Soriano $8200 – I like Soriano here, and I realize that Allen is a much better grappler, but I think this is a total mismatch on the feet. Allen’s striking has gotten better since training at Sanford MMA, but Soriano will find an opening and touch that chin. Allen will undoubtedly try to get the clinch and get this fight to the floor, but Soriano has a solid judo background, and I think Allen will have trouble getting it there while at the same time expanding energy. I think Soriano ends this in the later stages of round 1.
I have no clue why Mickey Gall ($7500) is an underdog to Jordan Williams, but I will take it. We all know that Gall wants to get this to the ground, and I think that eventually, it will get there, but I liked what I saw in his standup in his last time out against Mike Perry. Gall is an improving fighter, and I think the smaller cage will make it easier to get the fight to the mat eventually. Raulian Paiva ($7000) is a live dog against Kyler Phillips. Paiva is moving up in weight, and I think that the weight cut affects him will be evident here. Kyler Phillips seems a bit overconfident, and there’s a lot of hype behind him. He won a competitive fight as an underdog against Song Yadong, but I don’t believe he deserves to be this big of a favorite against a fighter like Paiva. Paiva is the better striker here, and I think he’ll have success being the more aggressive fighter. I’m also considering the fact that Paiva trains at Team Alpha Male, and who also trains there? Kyler Phillips last opponent. I can see Paiva winning this and wrecking many parlays and DK lineups because I think Phillips will be highly owned.