On Saturday, August 1, struggle followers will likely be handled to fights within the small cage once more. I’m unsure if it’s an actual phenomenon or simply wishful considering, however fights appear higher once they’re in nearer quarters. Whereas a barely extra modest card than final week’s 15-fight extravaganza, the occasion actually has its perks, particularly the Vicente Luque-Randy Brown struggle, my private most important occasion. Let’s check out some components that could possibly be vital in your DraftKings lineups.

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Vicente Luque $8,800 (additionally a Knockout King)

Luque is a quantity striker averaging 5.66 vital strikes per minute and he’s keen to take punishment to be able to dish it out, absorbing 5.79 strikes per minute. He’s very energetic within the clinch, throwing elbows, knees and punches. He additionally has reliable energy, so he falls into the knockout kings class, as properly. Luque has a sturdy chin, evidenced by him by no means having been stopped on the toes. Randy Brown is an effective striker too, however I really feel like Luque’s expertise and sturdiness units him aside. I doubt this banger makes it to the scorecards.

Joanne Calderwood $8,700

Calderwood is one other quantity striker, touchdown 6.19 strikes per minute and he or she can also be keen to commerce within the pocket, absorbing 4.31 strikes per minute. Her teep kick is a superb offensive software and he or she makes use of it like a range-finding jab. Her physique kicks are highly effective and he or she makes use of them in live performance with crispy, crunchy punching mixtures that add up over 15 minutes and this contest almost definitely will find yourself going the to the ultimate horn.

Edmen Shahbazyan $9,100 (additionally a Knockout King)

Shahbazyan is a knockout machine and a quantity striker, making him a candidate for 2 classes. He has actual energy and wields it with precision, averaging 4.11 vital strikes per minute and absorbing little or no harm in return. He’s lethal with each his kicks and his punches and has solely been previous the primary spherical as soon as in his profession. He’s additionally wrestler however Brunson has 100% takedown protection effectivity, so it’s extremely uncertain this struggle takes place on the bottom and it’s much more uncertain it goes to a choice.

Lando Vannata $8,200

Vannata is a swarmer who comes out the gate scorching. He got here very near beating Tony Ferguson together with his quick begin within the first spherical of that struggle and he’s maintained that hyper aggressive model within the fights he’s had since then. Lando had an excellent efficiency towards Yancy Madeiros and it appears he’s lastly turned the nook and change into extra technical. He averages 4.72 strikes per minute, however like so many different quantity strikers, he absorbs a ton of injury, to the tune of 4.73 strikes per minute. Bobby Inexperienced isn’t particularly highly effective, however he’s additionally a quantity puncher (5.01 strikes per minute) and will likely be seeking to return every part Vannata throws at him. This struggle will nearly assuredly go the gap.

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Kevin Holland $8,900

Holland is a finisher. He’s obtained submissions, he’s obtained fingers and he’s obtained loads of unhealthy intentions towards his opponents. Know what else he’s obtained? A TKO win over Geoff Neal. He’s additionally obtained extra expertise than Trevin Giles and often is the calmer of the 2 underneath stress, which ought to help him on this matchup since Giles is a really aggressive forward-mover with a depraved left. Giles struggled to get previous an undersized James Krause, getting the split-decision in a really enjoyable struggle that he most likely ought to have gained extra handily. Holland has the wins over higher-quality opposition and may have the ability to get a end right here.

Chris Gutierrez $9,200

Gutierrez has regarded sensational contained in the octagon. After a debut hiccup, Chris reeled off three consecutive wins with the newest one being a TKO on account of leg kicks and consider it or not, that wasn’t the primary leg kick TKO he’s administered. He has seven knockouts and a considerable output, averaging 4.17 vital strikes per minute. His actual magic is in his leg kicks and he lands these at a staggering charge. In his final struggle towards Vincent Morales, he landed 36 of 45 leg kicks. The strains are fairly huge contemplating Cody Durden can also be inclined to put a person out, however Gutierrez’ veteran savvy at the next stage ought to see him victorious, possible by way of end.


Editor’s notice: Ray Borg has been taken off Saturday’s UFC Struggle Evening card.

Ray Borg, $9,000

Ray Borg has a well-developed wrestling base that he makes use of very effectively. Averaging 3.89 takedowns per fifteen-minute struggle, he usually depends on his grappling to get the job performed. Whereas he does have submission abilities, he hasn’t pulled one off since early 2015, so I’m anticipating this one to go to a choice. Borg is often the smaller man in his fights, so Nathan Maness shouldn’t current an additional burden for Ray to get him to the bottom. Taylor Lapilus proved that Maness’ measurement benefit didn’t imply a lot as long as ahead momentum and stress had been maintained. Borg is a reasonably aggressive fighter and may have the ability to deal with the newcomer.

Gerald Meerschaert $8,300 (additionally a Submission Risk)

Meerschaert is a workhorse with a well-rounded ability set and loads of grit to snag hard-fought wins. He’s obtained a wonderful floor sport with a whopping 23 submissions to his credit score, making him a candidate for submission king. He’s not probably the most constant athlete and he has a gentle spot on his chin that a number of opponents have discovered their technique to exploit, however I like him on this contest towards an getting old Ed Herman. Gerald averages 2.34 takedowns per bout and actively seems to be to get the struggle to the canvas the place he can work his submission sorcery.


Ed Herman $7,900

Ed Herman is 39 years previous and has been in some actual wars. He throws large punches and might discover himself outworked pretty simply by his opponents. A part of his points could stem from blowing up in between fights, particularly since he’s moved as much as 205 kilos after greater than a decade as a middleweight. His fights with C.B. Dolloway and Gian Villante had been actual grinders and by the third spherical he regarded like he was operating on fumes. Even in his win over Khadis Ibragimov, the toll that each one his wild, heavy elbows, punches and launched knees took on his stamina was seen and confirmed simply how laborious it was for him to take care of a tough tempo like that. Gerald Meerschaert just isn’t going to go straightforward on him and will likely be seeking to lock a submission on him consistently.


Bobby Inexperienced $8,000

Bobby Inexperienced is among the most well-rounded fighters you won’t be listening to. He’s obtained a high-volume punch output (5.01 strikes per minute), polished, technical putting, distinctive takedown protection and a gasoline tank to rival a tanker. His foot motion remains to be on level and he matches it with stable head motion, which permits him to keep away from vital harm. Regardless of his excessive output, Inexperienced manages his cardio very properly and appears as recent within the third spherical as he does within the first.

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