Back to the UFC Apex we go this Saturday after the octagon spent last weekend in Abu Dhabi. We get a battle between two top featherweights in the main event this weekend, and a few more recognizable names (to you casuals) peppered throughout the card. Here’s a winning UFC Vegas 63 DraftKings lineup to get us into the money on Saturday.
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Waldo Cortes-Acosta – $9,000
I’m taking an octagon newcomer with my top pickup, grabbing Dana White’s Contender Series grad Waldo Cortes-Acosta. Cortes-Acosta has great power, knocking out four of his seven pro victims thus far, and submitting another one. His opponent in his debut, Jared Vanderaa, has been knocked out three times before, has lost four straight fights, and has been finished in the last two. I’m liking WCA to get a finish and big points for us.
Waldo Cortes-Acosta with the second straight KO to start tonight's episode of #DWCS 💥 pic.twitter.com/EsJ323CWv4
— UFC (@ufc) August 3, 2022
Max Griffin – $8,800
I go to the co-main event for my next fighter, Max Griffin. ‘Pain’ is up against veteran Tim Means, who I think with 47 fights under his belt is finally starting to slow down. I think Griffin has the edge over him in striking and grappling, and should be the faster, more athletic fighter in this welterweight matchup. And with 11 finishes in 18 wins, there’s a good chance Griffin can get us some real nice points.
Phil Hawes – $8,400
Phil Hawes averages 94.7 fantasy points per fight, best among the 22 fighters swapping leather on Saturday night. This includes a high of 135 points, which he scored in his last fight, shown above. He’s got a tough matchup in Roman Dolidze this week, but I think Hawes will be the better, more active, and more dangerous striker, and he also has plenty of wrestling to fall back on, if need be, as well.
Dustin Jacoby – $8,300
Dustin Jacoby has been on an absolute tear, going 6-0-1 since re-signing with the UFC, and 8-0-1 in his last nine. He hasn’t lost a fight since January 2015. In his past four fights, he’s put up 106, 91, 80, and 106 points, despite a couple of those fights going to the decision. I think he can finish Khalil Rountree this week, as Rountree is also a striker, but not anywhere near the level of one that Jacoby is.
Arnold Allen – $8,200
To the main event we go, where I’ll take the slight underdog Arnold Allen. The winner of 11 straight fights, nine in the UFC, we’re getting him at a good time, as he came off his best fantasy point performance in his last fight, scoring 110 points. While this week’s opponent Calvin Kattar is impossible to finish, I still think Allen wins a very action-packed decision over him.
When Arnold Allen got the stoppage win against Dan Hooker in front of his home crowd. #UFCVegas63 pic.twitter.com/SVhthih816
— runningmma (@runningmma) October 27, 2022
Andre Arlovski – $7,300
Finally, I’m taking oldhead Andre Arlovski, who is improbably still winning fights 23 years into his pro MMA career. He’s won four straight and six of seven in the UFC. I think he makes it five straight this Saturday against Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Arlovski just fights too smart and cautious now to lose to him. While Arlovski isn’t a massive points earner, he should more than earn his $7,300 price tag this weekend.
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