UFC Apex was built for the company to continue putting on fights during the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, the 25-foot Octagon, which is five feet smaller than normal, will host its first ever title fight at UFC 250. Amanda Nunes will put her Women’s Featherweight Championship on the line against Felicia Spencer in the main event, and a loaded UFC 250 fight card could make setting your UFC DFS lineups a challenge this weekend.

With plenty on the line in UFC 250 DFS tournaments, cash games and 50-50s on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, finding value in the MMA DFS fighter pool is imperative. Nunes is a healthy favorite over Spencer and the most expensive fighter available, but is there more scoring value to be found elsewhere? Before locking in any UFC 250 DFS picks, be sure to check out the optimal UFC DFS strategy and advice from SportsLine’s Mike McClure.

McClure is a predictive data engineer and DFS pro with almost $2 million in career winnings. He’s crushed his DFS selections recently, producing tournament rosters that have cashed huge in multiple sports over the past few years.

At UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns, McClure was all over Mackenzie Dern and Jamahal Hill as two of his top picks. The results: both fighters scored first-round stoppages, and anybody who followed McClure’s advice was poised for a profitable day. 

Now, McClure has set his sights on UFC 250 and locked in his top MMA daily Fantasy picks. You can only see them here.

Top UFC 250 DFS predictions

For UFC 250, McClure is high on Sean O’Malley ($9,300 on DraftKings, $22 on FanDuel) as he takes on Eddie Wineland in a bantamweight matchup. O’Malley is an undefeated 25-year-old who already has three UFC fights to his name. He has legitimate title aspirations with Henry Cejudo announcing his retirement after UFC 249. 

You can expect O’Malley to use his impressive power to continue his climb up the UFC rankings. O’Malley has seven career knockouts already and is coming off a first-round knockout of Jose Alberto Quinonez via head kick and punches at UFC 248. He’s much bigger than Wineland (5-foot-11 to 5-foot-7) and the more aggressive striker (6.8 significant strikes per minute to 3.21), so he should be able to use his size to avoid Wineland’s power.

Part of McClure’s optimal UFC 250 DFS strategy also includes rostering Herbert Burns ($8,900 on DraftKings, $18 on FanDuel), who is 10-2 and takes on Evan Dunham in a catchweight bout at 150 pounds. The brother of last week’s main event winner Gilbert Burns, Herbert Burns is coming off a dynamic performance in his UFC debut against Nate Landwehr at UFC Fight Night 166.

Burns scored a first-round knockout via a vicious knee and has now recorded three consecutive first-round knockouts. Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Dunham hasn’t won since September 2016 and he’s been knocked out via knees in each of his last two fights. Look for Burns to score an early decision and rack up the points for UFC daily Fantasy players on Saturday night.

How to make UFC DFS picks

McClure is also targeting a value fighter who is a must-roster because his fight is a huge mismatch. This pick could be the difference between cashing huge in MMA DFS or going home with nothing. You can see all of McClure’s MMA DFS picks and advice here.

So what are the optimal DraftKings and FanDuel picks for UFC 250? And which value fighter needs to be in your lineup? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure’s complete optimal picks for Saturday’s UFC 250, and cash in big on MMA DFS.