We’ll be back in the UFC Apex again this Saturday, as the UFC continues their run of events hosted at their Las Vegas headquarters. This one is topped by a heavyweight clash between knockout king Derrick Lewis and submission specialist (and old man) Aleksei Oleinik. Should be a classic clash of styles.
Let’s buy ourselves a winning DraftKings team for Saturday. And if you’re signing up for DraftKings, make sure to use promo SGP!
Kevin Holland – $9,400
Kevin Holland was all set to fight last weekend in Vegas at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Oleinik – like ALL SET – in his dressing room waiting for his entrance music to hit, when his opponent, Trevin Giles, fainted backstage. They then tried to set up a quick replacement fight with another guy whose fight fell through that night, Ed Herman, but he was a few drinks in already at the pool.
So Holland surely is itching to put a beating on someone. That someone will be last minute signed newcomer Joaquin Buckley. There’s a good chance Holland chalks up another 107 points like he did in his last outing.
Irwin Rivera – $8,900
Irwin Rivera lost his UFC debut, but it was a short notice fight against a very game Giga Chikadze and in a weight class up from his usual bantamweight division.
Now back down at 135 pounds, Rivera will be able to showcase the unusual power he possess at that light weight. Plus he’ll be the one facing a last minute replacement in this one – the debuting Jordanian Ali Alqasi.
Derrick Lewis – $8,700
I’ll take the heavy leather slanging ‘Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis for $8,700, one half of Saturday’s main event. Lewis is a knockout machine – one more knockout and he’ll have the record for most in UFC heavyweight history.
His opponent on Saturday, the 43-year-old Aleksei Oleinik, has been knocked out seven times in his career, including twice last year. There’s a good chance over the course of five rounds standing in front of Lewis will make him go nighty night.
Justin Jaynes – $7,800
‘The Guitar Hero’ Justin Jaynes had as impressive as a UFC debut as you’re going to see, knocking out the game Frank Camacho. This earned him 108 fantasy points for only $6,900 – 16 significant strikes, 1 knockdown, 1 KO.
He’ll be fighting the highly regarded Gavin Tucker this week, but Jaynes has the wrestling pedigree to keep this one on the feet and the power to turn out Tucker’s lights.
Andrew Sanchez – $7,700
‘El Dirte’ Andrew Sanchez is a pretty good guarantee for a quality fantasy showing, whether he wins or loses. While he averages 67.4 points per fight, he’s scored as high as 83…in a loss!
His opponent on Saturday, Wellington Turman, is a submission specialist, while Sanchez has never been tapped out before. This could allow Sanchez to pile up good points via strikes.
Scott Holtzman – $7,100
While I’m picking against Scott Holtzman in my betting preview, I think ‘Hot Sauce’ could put on a decent fantasy performance against Beneil Dariush, especially for only $7,100. Dariush admitted to being disappointed by not having a bigger name opponent on Saturday, so there’s a chance he’s overlooking Hot Sauce. Plus, in his past 10 fights, Holtzman has topped 100 points in half of them. Impressive.