Well, UFC 266 certainly delivered, made out decent with my lineups, and I hope you all had some success as well. Blaydes was a disappointment, but some of our other selections panned out pretty well. So on to this Saturday, and I admit I wasn’t impressed at first look, but the more I looked, the more I was intrigued. So let’s look at some fighters to target.
There are five fighters at 9k or more, but I like the lowest priced of the five the most. With a price tag of $9000, Casey O’Neill has scored 139.6 and 109.7 fpts in her two appearances in the octagon. O’Neill is well-rounded and, in my opinion, could be fighting for the belt soon. O’Neill is just the better fighter than Antonina Shevchenko and has multiple paths to victory. Shevchenko has had some decent performances, but she’s inconsistent and just overmatched here, especially on the ground.
I might put Karol Rosa in a lineup as Bethe Correia came in overweight and as inactive as she is; I think Rosa could just get this fight to the mat and control her throughout the fight.
Niko Price $8400 – I think Niko Price has grown as a mixed martial artist in the past five years, and although he’s been in some wars recently, I do like him to outwork Alex Oliveira and eventually get a 2nd round finish. Oliveira is past his prime, and I just think Cowboy runs out of gas, and Price gets a finish.
I think Stephanie Egger at $8200 might be a sneaky good play as her jiu-jitsu credentials and judo background can give Shanna Young a lot of trouble. Egger won’t make every lineup, but I have a guy feeling she grabs a 1st round sub here.
Jared Gordon $7900 – I think the simplest way to break this down. Gordon is much more technical on the feet, and he’s just the better guy. On the ground, Solecki is a solid Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, but Gordon is no slouch himself. I also think Gordon is the better wrestler, and I think he’ll put forth a pace that I don’t believe Solecki can match. As a result, I think Gordon should be the favorite here, and I expect him to score well with takedowns and control time, and possibly a late ground and pound finish.
I am going to look at Misha Cirkunov, who’s dropping down to 185. Cirkunov is a boom or bust guy. He’ll be the bigger guy, and I think his size and grappling advantage can give Krzysztof Jotko some problems. However, you have to be different to win these things, and I don’t see Cirkunov being too popular.
Best of luck with your lineups, and enjoy the fights!