The UFC makes their 2022 debut this Saturday from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs Chikadze (aka UFC Vegas 46). The card has been cut down to 10 fights from its original 14 due to various issues, mostly pandemic related, by the main event between top featherweights Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze remains intact. Here is my winning UFC Vegas 46 DraftKings lineup for you to make some sweet, sweet cash on.
UFC Vegas 46 Betting Guide
UFC Vegas 46 DraftKings Roster
Giga Chikadze – $9,300
I’ll dip into the main event right away and grab Giga Chikadze as my big-ticket item this week. The kickboxer has scored over 100 fantasy points in two out of his last three fights and put up 92 in the one fight that didn’t crack the century mark. His opponent this week, Calvin Kattar, is famous for taking a beating so I think Chikadze will be able to pile up the points once more this fight.
Katlyn Chookagian – $8,900
Next, I’ll take one-time women’s flyweight title challenger Katlyn Chookagian. She may have never finished an opponent in the UFC, but she’s still a pretty consistent fantasy point earner. She’s already beaten her opponent this week, Jennifer Maia, once before, and I expect her to put her typical high-pace striking on Maia again on Saturday and earn the W.
Brandon Royval – $8,800
It’s been boom or bust for flyweight Brandon Royval through his four UFC fights – 91, 111, eight, and 14 are the fantasy points he’s put up over his first four appearances. I’m expecting his performance this weekend to be more like his first two octagon forrays than his last two, as I’ve got him pegged to beat – and possibly finish – Rogerio Bontorin.
Ramiz Brahimaj – $7,900
Grappling ace Ramiz Brahimaj has a lot going for him heading into his fight against veteran Court McGee. For starters, he’s eight years younger than the former The Ultimate Fighter winner. Plus, he’s shown to have better fight IQ than McGee and is the better grappler of the two. He put up 105 points in his last fight – here’s hoping for a repeat performance.
Brian Kelleher – $7,500
Not only is Brian Kelleher coming off of 126 and 116 point performances in two of his last three fights, but he’s also fighting a guy coming into this fight on only three days’ notice. Plus ‘Boom’ is the better fighter than Kevin Croom, to begin with, full camp or not. He’s the better and more active striker and a better grappler. I love him at this cheap price.
TJ Brown – $7,100
TJ Brown is also facing an opponent arriving at this fight on only three days’ notice. He’s bigger and younger than opponent Charles Rosa and the better striker of the two men. And Brown put up 73 points three fights ago, a fight that he ended up losing, so he’s a pretty good source of fantasy points regardless of the outcome.
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