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Tap That: Episode #5.5: Mavericks and Skyscrapers

Brady Grove hosts the undercard portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

In addition to this podcast, you can catch our team discussing other sports and topics as well. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well!

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UFC 254 - MMA DFS and Betting Picks

Week Five of the show comes before UFC 254, a super-stacked card, featuring a main event matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje to unify the lightweight and interim lightweight belts, a middleweight showdown between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier as the co-main event, and a high-powered heavyweight contest between Alexander Volkov and Walt Harris.

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Tap That: Episode #5: What We've All Been Waiting For

Brady Grove and Brett Mitchell host the main card portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

In addition to this podcast, you can catch our team discussing other sports and topics as well. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well!

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UFC 254 - MMA DFS and Betting Picks

Week Five of the show comes before UFC 254, a super-stacked card, featuring a main event matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje to unify the lightweight and interim lightweight belts, a middleweight showdown between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier as the co-main event, and a high-powered heavyweight contest between Alexander Volkov and Walt Harris.

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Tap That: Episode #4.5: Mullarkey and Flim-Flam

Brady Grove hosts the undercard portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

In addition to this podcast, you can catch our team discussing other sports and topics as well. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well!

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UFC Fight Night - MMA DFS and Betting Picks

Week Four of the show comes before another edition of UFC Fight Night, featuring a main event matchup between Brian Ortega and "The Korean Zombie" at featherweight, an intriguing heavyweight contest between Ciryl Gane and Ante Delija, and a women's flyweight showdown between Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian.

 

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Tap That: Episode #4: Ghosts and Zombies

Brady Grove and Brett Mitchell host the main card portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

In addition to this podcast, you can catch our team discussing other sports and topics as well. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well!

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Week Four of the show comes before another edition of UFC Fight Night, featuring a main event matchup between Brian Ortega and "The Korean Zombie" at featherweight, an intriguing heavyweight contest between Ciryl Gane and Ante Delija, and a women's flyweight showdown between Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian.

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Tap That: Episode #3.5: Risers, Ringers, and Replacements

Brady Grove hosts the undercard portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

In addition to this podcast, you can catch our team discussing other sports and topics as well. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well!

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UFC Fight Night - MMA DFS and Betting Picks

Week Three of the show comes before another edition of UFC Fight Night, featuring a main event matchup between Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen, a featherweight co-main event between Makwan Akirkhani and Edson Barboza, and an intriguing heavyweight showdown between Ben Rothwell and Marcin Tybura.

 

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Tap That: Episode #3: Lost Steps and Favorable Dawgs

Brady Grove and Brett Mitchell host the main card portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

In addition to this podcast, you can catch our team discussing other sports and topics as well. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well!

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Week Three of the show comes before another edition of UFC Fight Night, which features a main event of Marlon Moraes against Cory Sandhagen, a co-main event between Edson Barboza and Makwan Amirkhani, and an interesting heavyweight matchup between Ben Rothwell and Marcin Tybura.

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Tap That: Episode #2.5 - A Former Champion on the Prelims

Brady Grove hosts the undercard portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

In addition to this podcast, you can catch our team discussing other sports and topics as well. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well!

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UFC on ESPN - MMA DFS and Betting Picks

Week Two of the show comes before another edition of UFC on ESPN, which features two huge fights for the women's bantamweight division in Holly Holm vs Irene Aldana and Germaine de Randamie vs Julianna Pena, as well as an intriguing matchup of rising heavyweights Yorgan De Castro and Carlos Felipe; not to mention, a duo of Bellator events headlined by Paul Daley and Derek Anderson on Thursday night.

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Tap That: Episode #2 - Big Night for the Women of Bantamweight

Brady Grove and Brett Mitchell host the main card portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

In addition to this podcast, you can catch our team discussing other sports and topics as well. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well!

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UFC on ESPN - MMA DFS and Betting Picks

Week Two of the show comes before another edition of UFC on ESPN, which features two huge fights for the women's bantamweight division in Holly Holm vs Irene Aldana and Germaine de Randamie vs Julianna Pena, as well as an intriguing matchup of rising heavyweights Yorgan De Castro and Carlos Felipe; not to mention, a duo of Bellator events headlined by Paul Daley and Derek Anderson on Thursday night.

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Tap That: Episode #1.5 - UFC 253 Undercard

Brady Grove hosts the undercard portion for the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and brings you the episode's first week in time to provide analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

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UFC 253 - MMA DFS and Betting Picks

The show's premier comes right in time for UFC 253 at Fight Island, where Israel Adesanya will be defending his middleweight crown against Paulo Costa in the main event, and Dominick Reyes will square off with Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event for the vacant light heavyweight title following long-time division dominator Jon Jones vacating the title to make a highly anticipated move to heavyweight.

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Tap That: Episode #1 - New Eras and Balloon Animals

Brady Grove and Brett Mitchell co-host the newly official RotoBaller MMA podcast, "Tap That", and bring you the inaugural episode in time to provide analysis of each fight and picks for DFS and straight-up wagers.

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Episode #1: New Eras and Balloon Animals

The show's premier comes right in time for UFC 253 at Fight Island, where Israel Adesanya will be defending his middleweight crown against Paulo Costa in the main event, and Dominick Reyes will square off with Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event for the vacant light heavyweight title following long-time division dominator Jon Jones vacating the title to make a highly anticipated move to heavyweight.

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MMA Betting Picks for UFC 250 - Nunes vs. Spencer (6/6/20)

In just three weeks, Dana White has made a card go from a fight night caliber card to a stacked pay-per-view event headlined by the greatest female UFC fighter of all time. Amanda Nunes will now have her first title defense for the Featherweight belt when she squares off against former Invicta FC Featherweight champion Felicia Spencer. Plenty up and coming fighters will be showcased in this UFC event as well as a Bantamweight Division tournament on the main card.

UFC 250 will be again be hosted at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. Initially slated for May 9th, this pay-per-view event was supposed to be fought in Brazil. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we now get this in the fight capital of the world.

In this article, I'll be providing you with fight breakdowns and MMA betting picks for UFC 250 on 6/6/20. Be sure to also check out our DraftKings and FanDuel MMA DFS picks articles. Give me a follow on Twitter @Furwa. Good luck!

 

Eddie Wineland vs. Sean O’Malley

The Suga Show returns to the octagon just two months removed from a performance of the night victory at UFC 248. The best O’Malley to date, ‘Suga’ barely took any damage in a TKO victory in the first round. Just 25, the undefeated Bantamweight will bring a 72” reach advantage to this bout against a very durable veteran in Eddie Wineland. A win here will continue to allow O’Malley to take another leap in competition and allow for a top 15 slot in the Bantamweight Division.

O’Malley will have his work cut out for him when he faces the former WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland. The 35-year-old wrestler will look for a dog scrap in this bout, allowing for this fight to be forced to the ground early. The footwork and power O’Malley possesses will be something Wineland will look to avoid, but the durable UFC/WEC veteran is as tough as they come.

Pick: Sean O’Malley wins by 3 Round Decision +250

 

Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin

One of the main training partners in the Justin Gaethje fight camp, Neil Magny has been keeping busy post-USADA suspension. Coming off a unanimous decision victory against Li Jingliang at UFC 248, Magny will look to keep it going and push for a fight in the top 10 in a stacked Welterweight Division. The long and lengthy Welterweight, Magny will look to utilize his jab early in the fight and stay away from the power Martin possesses.

Anthony Rocco Martin has a lot on the line in this bout as this fight is the last one on his current UFC contract. A put up or shut up fight; Martin will look to capitalize on his devastating calf kick that could change the fight in only a few shots. The length of Magny will be difficult for Martin, and whoever is able to dictate the pace of this bout should find success. A fun fight that the UFC matchmakers got right, this is sure to be fast-paced.

Pick: Anthony Rocco Martin +105

 

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen

The obvious No. 1 contender bout in the Bantamweight division that should have been a co-main event, Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen will put both win streaks on the line Saturday night. Waiting on the winner of Petr Yan and Jose Aldo, this bout has already been said to be next in line for both winners.

Coming into this fight on a four-fight win streak, Aljamain Sterling is going to use heavy pressure and a wide array of different strikes to negate Sandhagen's strong overall striking skills. A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under Matt Serra, "Funk Master," will look to use angles, kicks, and heavy volume to eventually take this bout to the ground and test Cory's Jiu Jitsu game.

The product of Elevation Fight Team out of Denver, Colorado, Cory Sandhagen, has been flawless in his UFC career to date. One of the best body punchers in the UFC, Sandhagen, uses strong angles to make it difficult for any opponent. With the striking being so elite, the big issue in all of Sandhagen's fights has been the grappling. Being taken down in most of his professional bouts, Sandhagen has been a little exposed when any fight hits the canvas.

A Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sandhagen will have a difficult time if this fight does go to the ground being Sterling's elite training partners out of Serra-Longo Fight Team.

Pick: Aljamain Sterling -120

Bonus “Sprinkle” Pick: Aljamain Sterling Wins by Submission +515

 

Raphael Assuncao vs. Cody Garbrandt

A must-win fight for both athletes, this co-main event bout will feature the former UFC Bantamweight Champion of the world in Cody Garbrandt. Coming off three consecutive losses, No Love will look to get back on track and back on the title run in a very tough bout against Assuncao.

Training more on his wrestling for this camp, Garbrandt is looking like this will be a grappling matchup against a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt. Cody Garbrandt will look to use his fades and boxing to negate a very tough fighter in Assuncao and limit mistakes because that chin is a question mark now.

One of the best counter strikers in this division, Raphael Assuncao, will capitalize on the aggressiveness of Garbrandt and catch any early mistakes. Assuncao will most likely look to take this bout to the ground as it’s very unlikely he will get out grappled by Garbrandt. The iffy chin of Garbrandt and the advantage on the ground, Assuncao should find success wherever this bout goes.

Pick: Raphael Assuncao +115

 

Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer

The greatest women's UFC fighter of all time will finally get to defend her Featherweight belt after knocking out legend, Cris Cyborg, over a year ago. The two-time UFC titleholder will get a shot to clear out a lackluster Featherweight Division this Saturday. A knockout artist, who has very little weaknesses, if any, will bring her skillset to the octagon against a tough and durable Felicia Spencer.

Pressure is what Spencer will need to do in this bout, as Felicia's ground and clinch game are very underrated. Coming off a TKO victory in late February and the fight against Cris Cyborg, where she showed the world her toughness, Spencer is no walkthrough.

Felicia will look to make this a dog fight and test Nunes' cardio, with the possibility of landing significant strikes in the clinch. Hoping to get Nunes against the cage and avoid that ferocious right hand, this bout might not be the easy fight everyone thinks it will be.

Pick: Amanda Nunes Wins by 5 Round Decision +230

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MMA Betting Picks - UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns (5/30/20)

It’s been three months since the UFC has hosted an event in Vegas, and this Saturday, the MMA leader will make its return after several cards in the Sunshine State. The fight capital will host an exciting card when Tyron Woodley makes his return to the octagon against Gilbert Burns. 

UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns will be hosted at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dana White will keep the sports world moving as we see a potential top contender match, rising stars, and decorated veterans.

In this article, I'll be providing you with fight breakdowns and MMA betting picks for UFC Fight Night on 5/30/20. Be sure to also check out our DraftKings and FanDuel MMA DFS picks articles. Give me a follow on Twitter @Furwa. Good luck!

 

Mackenzie Dern vs Hannah Cifers

Four months removed from giving birth to her first child, Mackenzie Dern will look to avenge her first professional MMA loss when she collides with Hannah Cifers. A multiple-time BJJ World Champion and the daughter of BJJ legend Megaton Dias, Dern is no stranger to pressure. Since entering into the octagon in March 2018, the former world No. 1 ranked IBFFJ competitor, was on a tear until meeting a fellow BJJ black belt Amanda Ribas. Unable to get her shots and transition properly, Dern fell to a unanimous decision loss back in October. 

A Muay Thai fighter, who holds a record of 2-2 inside the octagon, Hannah Cifers will look to keep this fight anywhere but on the ground. A purple belt in BJJ Cifers ground game has been exploited at times and will not be on the same level as Dern. It would be hard to imagine Dern not taking this fight to the ground almost immediately and creating a quick submission of Cifers. 

Pick: Mackenzie Dern in Round 1 +200

 

Roosevelt Roberts vs. Brok Weaver

A pair of Dana White Contender Series alumni square off in what might be the most exciting fight of the night. A technical striker, Roberts faces off with a pure brawler, Brok Weaver, who is looking to make his true UFC debut this Saturday. The length of Roberts will be the factor in this bout as the 6'1" Lightweight will use his distance and technical kickboxing to keep Weaver away. 

Doing everything he can to make this a dog fight, Weaver will look to push the pressure early and get in on the lengthy Lightweight. Once being quoted in saying, "I ain't about that technical life," whenever "Chata Tuska" enters the octagon, it should always be in the discussion that he could be involved in the potential fight of the night.  Having had his UFC debut cut short with an illegal knee while downed, Weaver will look to bounce back in a major way.

Pick: Roosevelt Wins by 3 Round Decision +110

 

Billy Quarantillo vs. Spike Carlyle

A pair of young MMA fighters square off in this Catchweight bout. Both fighters are coming off strong UFC debuts, and this is shaping up to be the classic striker vs. grappler match up. Billy Quarantillo, a Contender Series fighter, had a very impressive performance on the show as well as in his debut. A strong, durable striker, whose pressure will be on display in this bout, Quarantillo will look to stay away from the strong wrestling Carlyle possesses. 

Coming off an impressive UFC debut in his own right, Spike Carlyle will look to continue his momentum and use his strong grappling game to offset the striking of Quarantillo. Anyone could show up in this fight as UFC matchmakers put on a terrific bout, but the more durable fighter should get the nod at the end of this one. 

Pick: Billy Quarantillo Wins by 3 Round Decision +225

 

Blagoy Ivanov vs. Augusto Sakai

The former World Series of Fighting Heavyweight Champion, Blagoy Ivanov, is about as durable as they come in the sport. Never being knocked out in any of his bouts, Ivanov brings that durability into the octagon as well as several other skill sets that set him apart. Strong punching power, with a championship background in Sambo, Ivanov trains daily with some of the sport's elite at American Kickboxing Academy. Unlike fellow AKK fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ivanov rarely uses his Sambo skills and only uses it in dire situations. 

Augusto Sakai will enter this bout riding a strong win streak and could be the next contender in a dwindling Heavyweight division. The Brazilian Heavyweight doesn't shy away from a scrap making the world front row for potential fireworks Saturday Night. The taller, longer and quicker of the two, Sakai will have the confidence advantage after taking out back to back top Heavyweights consecutively. The key to this matchup, in the end, is if Ivanov will finally use his Sambo to take away the knockout power Sakai possesses.

Pick: Augusto Sakai Wins Inside Distance +300

 

Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns

If it weren’t for Georges St. Pierre, Tyron Woodley would make a strong case for the greatest Welterweight of all time. Still, the former Welterweight champion will make his return to the octagon after losing the belt to Kamaru Usman over a year ago. Devastating power with seven UFC knockouts and a strong wrestling background, Woodley is a tough matchup for anyone. The long layoff is the only question mark for Woodley, and his motivation to get up for this fight will be worth noting. Originally slated to take on Leon Edwards, the former champ might be looking past this matchup. 

The man that is riding a five-fight win streak as well as being undefeated since making a move to Welterweight, Gilbert Burns, is as tough as they come in this stacked Welterweight division. Just two months removed from performance of the night victory in his home country of Brazil, where he TKO’d the legend that is Demian Maia, this 2nd-degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu is on a title run of his own. A win here against one of the best of all time, Burns would put himself in the conversation for the next title fight in what would be an intriguing matchup with Kamaru Usman. 

Pick: Burns +145

 

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MMA Betting Picks - UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira (5/13/20)

Coming off a legendary card on Saturday night, where we saw Justin Gaethje upset Tony
Ferguson to take home the interim title in the Lightweight Division, we have another impressive
card.

UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira will again be hosted at the VyStar Veterans Memorial
Arena in Jacksonville, FL, and will continue to give the world live sports. Dana White can showcase top Light Heavyweight contenders, rising stars, and a few legends on this May 13th fight card.

In this article, I'll be providing you with fight breakdowns and MMA betting picks for UFC Fight Night on 5/13/20. Be sure to also check out our DraftKings and FanDuel MMA DFS picks articles. Give me a follow on Twitter @Furwa. Good luck!

 

Marvin Vettori vs Karl Roberson

The UFC Fight Night main card kicks off with a very intriguing matchup in the Middleweight Division. Italian prospect Marvin Vettori brings his ever-improving skillset to the octagon when he clashes with fellow southpaw Karl Roberson. A much-underrated counter striker, Roberson will look to capitalize on the heavy volume and pressure of Vettori.

A former opponent of the current Middleweight Champion, Vettori, who trains under one of the best striking coaches in the sport in Rafael Cordeiro, looks poised to continue his two-fight win streak. A win against Karl Roberson would put Vettori right back in the conversation for a top-15 ranking in an extremely top-heavy Middleweight Division.

Pick: Vettori wins by 3 Round Decision +125

 

Ray Borg vs. Ricky Simon

The question surrounding Ray Borg in every bout he’s involved in isn’t his skillset, but rather his preparation. Returning to the Bantamweight Division, where Borg missed weight just a few fights back, MMA fans are hopeful Borg will finally be able to put it all together. A former title contender against arguably the greatest champion in UFC history, Demetrius Johnson, Borg battled for five rounds before getting caught in one of the craziest arm bars in octagon history. Borg will have his work cut out for him when he faces an extremely talented prospect in Ricky Simon.

If it wasn’t for a TKO defeat to Urijah Faber, and a fight of the night bout against a durable Rob Font, Simon would be in discussions for top contender bouts in the Bantamweight Division. Both fighters coming in on opposite sides of a two-fight win/loss streak, this fight is sure to be fireworks.

Pick: Simon wins by 3 round decision +125

 

Drew Dober vs. Alexander Hernandez

If it weren’t for Donald Cerrone, people would be throwing Hernandez’s name in the hat for a top contender bout in a stacked Lightweight Division. Only one fight removed from being run over by Cowboy, Hernandez was able to get a strong decision win over a talented fighter in Francisco Trinaldo. Hernandez will look to continue on the path he was on before his TKO loss to Cerrone when Hernandez clashes with Drew Dober.

Dober, coming into this fight with a two- fight win streak, seems to improve fight in and fight out, making him one of the division’s most-underrated fighters. A strong pick for fight of the night, this will be an intriguing match up for both men in which we will see who’s pressure will outweigh the other.

Pick: Dober wins by KO, TKO or DQ +245

 

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ben Rothwell

The jump to heavyweight is going to be very interesting for one of the most athletic fighters in the division. Saint Preux, who just turned 37 years young, will look to show the world why he was once a top contender in the Light Heavyweight Division. Saint Preux’s career has been filled with ups and downs, but nobody can question his athleticism.

A competent grappler, Ben Rothwell will look to negate Saint Preux’s best weapon, the Von Fluke choke. It’s going to be interesting to see if OSP can mount a real heavyweight in Rothwell to sink in his signature choke. Coming off an impressive TKO victory against Stefan Struve, Rothwell will look to capitalize on the inconsistent fighting career of Ovince Saint Preux.

Pick: Rothwell +110

 

Glover Teixeira vs. Anthony Smith

Arguably coming off the best win of Anthony Smith’s career in Alexander Gustafsson, Smith gets an opportunity to show why he deserves another title shot against Jon Jones. Coming into the fight at 40 years young, Teixeira will bring an impressive three-fight win streak. A 2nd- degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Teixeira will bring his talented skillset to the octagon against a much-underrated grappler in Smith.

Speed and agility will play an essential role in this bout as the nine-year age difference and wear and tear of Teixeira’s career will look to be exploited. The widely publicized home invasion at Smith’s residence and how this pandemic has affected his training will be something to monitor. Still, if Smith can put it all together, it will be a long night for Teixeira.

Pick: Smith wins by KO, TKO, or DQ -125

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UFC 249 DFS Prop Picks for 5/9/2020 - Monkey Knife Fight

UFC 249 will take place from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020. While both the Early Prelims and Prelims offer some enticing matchups that are worthy of a spot on a bigger platform, the Main Card is stacked with some contests that will have significant ramifications moving ahead.

Today we're going to be looking for prop pick opportunities, to help you out with Monkey Knife Fight's contests. If you are new to MKF, you can get a $50 bonus just by signing up through the above link.

Two titles will be up for grabs on Saturday night, with Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje battling it out for the Interim Lightweight Title. At the same time, Henry Cejudo will square off with Dominick Cruz for the Bantamweight Title. Also, the big fellas will be in action as two heavyweight bouts are scheduled, with Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro on the card, two contests that could be main events somewhere down the line. Veterans Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Katter will also go toe-to-toe as both men look to get back on the winning path. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Be sure to also check out our DraftKings and FanDuel MMA DFS picks articles. Enjoy the card and good luck RotoBallers.

 

Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro

This one is going to be a slugfest for sure as these two bulls are going to enter the octagon looking to hit a home run. There may be a small feeling out period within the first minute or so, but once both of these hosses get swinging, there is no turning back.

Both men aren't exactly known for their finesse, making it plausible that this one could end very, very quickly, possibly within the first round, via knockout or ref stoppage. Either way, don't look for this matchup to last long enough for either combatant to hit the over, or at least it may seem based on past performances.

Picks: Hardy - 137.5 (under), De Castro - 120.5 (under)

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Jeremy Stephens  vs. Calvan Kattar 

In the only Featherweight bout on the card, Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar will both be looking to avenge losses, with the former going winless in his previous four fights, while the latter is coming off a decision defeat to Zabit Magomedsharipov back in November.

While both fighters are competent wrestlers and decent grapplers, they have no problem leaving their fates in the hands of the judges in a bout that should feature plenty of strikes, significant strikes, and knockdowns.

Picks: Stepehns - 165.5 (over), Kattar - 270.5 (over)

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Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

This is a battle where the winner may punch their ticket for a Heavyweight title shot as these guys are coming in riding win streaks. Just like in the Hardy vs. De Castro fight, expect plenty of punches to go around.

Both combatants have solid takedown defense -- if one of them chooses to attempt one -- and have solid chins as well. As a result, I don't expect this one to end as quickly as the other Heavyweight bout on the night, making the over the right way to go.

Picks: Ngannou - 95.5 (over), Rozenstruik - 82.5 (over)

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Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz 

Cejudo will defend his Bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz, who is replacing Jose Aldo while attempting to come back from a three-year layoff. Cruz's last fight occurred all the way back at UFC 207 in December of 2016, losing to Cody Garbrandt via unanimous decision.

Both have demonstrated the ability to go the distance over the years, but an extended absence by Cruz should make this battle end quicker than anticipated, which ultimately will leave little room to hit the over.

Picks: Cejudo - 360.5 (under), Cruz - 220.5 (under)

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Tony Ferguson  vs. Justin Gaethje

For the Interim Lightweight Title, Ferguson and Gaethje will square off, with the winner likely to face Khabib Nurmagomedov hopefully sometime during the summer. Ferguson hasn't lost since 2012, while Gaethje has been impressive in his own right, winning his last three fights all within the first round.

Though it is hard to pick a winner as this one could go either way, I just don't see it lasting long enough for anyone to hit the over.

Picks: Ferguson- 380.5 (under), Gaethje - 297.5 (under)

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UFC 249 Betting Picks (5/9/20) - MMA Wagering Advice and Fight Breakdowns

After a nearly two month hiatus from the sport, we now finally have one of the most highly anticipated UFC cards of the year taking place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

Originally slated for April 18th in Brooklyn, New York, Dana White and the UFC have been able to overcome all the current issues and put together an incredible card that will highlight some of the sports best.

In this article, I'll be providing you with fight breakdowns and MMA betting picks for UFC 249 on 5/9/20. Be sure to also check out our DraftKings and FanDuel MMA DFS picks articles. Give me a follow on Twitter @ConnorFurwa. Good luck!

 

Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro

The former All-Pro NFL star will kick off the pay-per-view against an up and coming heavyweight in Yorgan De Castro. Sure to be fireworks, De Castro brings an arsenal of extremely dangerous leg kicks which were showcased in his knockout against Alton Meeks on season 3 of Dana White’s Contender Series. Just coming off a knockout against Australian Justin Tafa, this is sure to be another opportunity for De Castro to show his skillset.

Hardy, 5-2, has been a victim of trying to rush to UFC stardom being the extremely athletic prospect he is. Continuously making progress fight in and fight out, Hardy needs to put his raw talent together in this closely contested bout.

Pick: De Castro +160

 

Calvin Kattar vs. Jeremy Stephens

Well on his way to a #1 contender fight, Kattar, a top prospect in the sport ran into an absolute monster in Zabit Magomedsharipov in his last fight. He now finds himself facing a durable, hard hitting veteran in Stephens. Both men are known for their durability and a hard-hitting arsenal of kicks and punches.

This is sure to be instant classic. Stephens, one year the elder to Kattar, has 6x the UFC experience dating all the way back to 2007. A true pioneer in the sport, Stephens runs into a nightmare in Kattar. Popcorn needs to be ready.

Pick: Kattar by KO/TKO or DQ +225

 

Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Yikes! If you like knockouts this is your fight. Arguably the two hardest hitting men in the world, and the owner of a combined 12 UFC knockouts, this is almost guaranteed not to be in the hands of the judges. Rozenstruik, the lesser known of the two, comes into this fight with 64 kickboxing knockouts showing at his extremely talented skillset is right in line.

Even though Ngannou doesn’t have the background Rozenstruik does, he still has fought the who’s who in the sport, being tested over and over again. This is a very interesting fight that will surely show where the heavyweight division is in today’s UFC, and this is the easy pick for knockout of the night.

Pick: Ngannou by KO, TKO, or DQ -150

 

Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz

Is ring rust real? Cruz doesn’t think so, and we will find out the answer to that question Saturday in the co-main event of the evening. It’s been almost 4 years since we’ve seen Cruz in the octagon, but he still stays busy working alongside Joe Rogan, Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik analyzing his competition. Cruz is one of the smartest MMA minds in the sport, and it’s hard to imagine Cruz not being fully prepared for Triple C.

The owner of the bantamweight championship and an Olympic gold medalist, Cejudo is coming off an impressive TKO victory at UFC 238 over Marlon Moraes. The speedy Cejudo will look to catch the man who is known his top footwork. A very interesting fight, we can finally see if Cejudo is really the “GOAT” by taking out the best Bantamweight to do it. My heart is telling me to lean towards Cruz, but Cejudo’ s work ethic in Cruz’s absence will be the factor.

Pick: Cejudo wins by 5 round decision +150

 

Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje

The MMA community really had their hearts broken when Ferguson-Khabib was cancelled for a 5th time. One of the best lightweights in the sport will now get a shot at former interim champion Tony Ferguson. Gaethje, the most violent fighter in the UFC, will be ready to bring all of his skillset to the octagon Saturday night. Just a few weeks ago, we were talking about a short notice fight against a fighter of Ferguson’s caliber, now the extra few weeks will be able to get Gaethje right in line.

The question that everyone wants to know is: can anyone keep up with Tony’s pressure for 5 rounds. We will see this Saturday when a former All-American wrestler faces off with Ferguson. The clear front-runner for fight of the night, this is sure to be worth price of admission. If anyone can do it, Gaethje can, making this fight not one to miss.

Pick: Ferguson -180

 

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