The UFC presents their South Korean fight card for 2023 live from….Las Vegas?! Sometimes plans change, but the one thing the UFC didn’t change is the start time this weekend – we’re still going live on South Korean time with a 10:00 pm Eastern start for the prelims. Get yourself full of caffeine and tag along with my winning UFC Vegas 68 DraftKings lineup on Saturday night.
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Rinya Nakamura – $9,100
My big ticket pickup this week is one of the bantamweight finalists in the Road to UFC tournament that is concluding on Saturday. Rinya Nakamura was a world champion freestyle wrestler before transitioning to MMA. He’s a perfect 6-0 with four knockouts and a submission as a pro. An elite wrestler who can also crack on the feet will be too much for Toshiomi Kazama this weekend.
Rinya Nakamura showing everyone he is more than just a wrestler with that nasty knockout 💥
[ #RoadToUFC is LIVE on @UFCFightPass ] pic.twitter.com/RAWdj4DSvT
— UFC (@ufc) October 23, 2022
Da Un Jung – $8,700
I’m grabbing Da Un Jung from the co-main event – a light heavyweight fight against Devin Clark. Jung put up a dud in his last fight, his only UFC loss, but before that he was money, getting between 102 and 112 points in three of his four fights leading up to the loss. He’s a more dangerous striker and finisher than Clark and has the size to implement his striking (four inches taller, three-inch reach advantage).
Jun Yong Park – $8,500
Next up is one of the many Koreans scattered throughout Saturday’s card. ‘The Iron Turtle’ Jun Yong Park is not just a man with a cool nickname – he’s a pretty damn good fighter as well. Going 4-1 thus far in the UFC, he’s already topped the century mark in fantasy points twice, including his last fight. He should be the better man wherever the fight goes against Denis Tiuliulin.
Marcin Tybura – $8,300
Marcin Tybura has quietly put together a very nice resume in the UFC’s heavyweight division. 10-6 in the big show, he’s won six of his last seven fights, including a couple of triple-digit fantasy point performances. He’s way bigger than this week’s opponent, Blagoy Ivanov, with a five-inch reach advantage over the Bulgarian. He’s also a better striker and grappler at this point in their careers.
Kyle Nelson – $7,600
Underdog time. I’m fading Kyle Nelson’s opponent – Doo Ho Choi – in this fight as much as I’m backing Nelson. ‘The Korean Superboy’ has been out of action since September 2019 and hasn’t won a fight since July 2016. Ring rust is a real thing. I’m thinking the Canadian will have the grappling advantage here. If not, hopefully he can do this:
MASSIVE ELBOW from Kyle Nelson leads to an early night for the Canadian! wow! #UFCMexico pic.twitter.com/bMgL0TBq8L
— UFC (@ufc) September 21, 2019
Derrick Lewis – $7,400
Yep, I’m counting on Derrick Lewis having some more gas left in his tank come Saturday. I don’t see a real clear path to victory for Serghei Spivak in this one, as he’s not a power puncher, which is the only way Lewis tends to get beat. If he tries to grapple Lewis, Lewis will just explode back up to his feet. I think Lewis can touch his chin and finish this fight.
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