I can’t complain about the card last weekend as it was delivered. Not the best outcome from a DFS perspective. I was disappointed with Randy Costa is an understatement, but Oliveira certainly delivered. This Saturday is the last UFC event of the year, with Chris Daukaus taking on Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis in the main event. It’s an ok card; there are some fighters to target, so let’s take a look, and hopefully, we can end the new year on a good note.
Raoni Barcelos $9400 – Victor Henry is no easy out, that’s for sure, and while it’s his UFC debut, Henry is one of the more experienced fighters that have not fought in the UFC. With that being said, I think Raoni is a much better fighter wherever it goes. Barcelos is coming off a loss, and it was highly controversial. I like Barcelos to come out and here and put on a solid performance. He has multiple paths to victory here, and I see him scoring well. He’ll probably have a 75% ownership, and while I’d typically go a different route in that situation, I think he wins impressively.
Others to consider – Ricky Simon
I am not a fan of any fighter in the 8.9k to 8k range. I might have Mateusz Gamrot in a lineup or two, but I’m not entirely sold on him, and I might have some Carlos Diego Ferreira exposure. Don’Tale Mays could come up big against Josh Parisian, a fighter I don’t feel is UFC caliber. Last but not least, I think Matt Sayles is a better overall fighter than Jordan Leavitt, but he’s coming off a long layoff, so I’m hesitant. I could see Sayles defending takedowns in the 1st round, eventually taking over in the 2nd and possibly scoring a knockout. The 8.9k to 8k range is sketchy…complete crapshoot.
Daukus/Lewis – This will be a fun fight for however long it lasts; I don’t see this going past the 2nd round. Someone is going out.
Melissa Gatto +140 – I like how Gatto fights; she’s a fighter who will fight for your money. Her standup has shown improvement since her early regional days, and if she’s on her back, she’s not one to just lay there and accept the position. One thing I like about Gatto is that she’s a finisher, and her cardio is top-notch. Does she have what it takes to finish Sijara Eubanks? That remains to be seen, but I can see a scenario where she’s scoring with sweeps and reversals and eventually outworks Eubanks. Eubanks is solid on the ground, but I think Gatto matches up well with her in that realm. On the feet feel like Gatto has a significant edge. Gatto is getting better with every fight, and she’s young, while Eubanks is on a bit of a decline and entering the twilight of her career. I’ll take the younger up and comer here to possibly grab a late finish.Others to consider: Carlos Diego Ferreira