UFC 190 MMA DFS picks
It’s time for another UFC event, and it is not just your average card. Whenever Ronda Rousey is on the list, there is a buzz and anticipation. In fact, her superstardom might be unmatched by any other female athlete in the history of sports, and that’s not getting crazy. She took a swipe at Floyd Mayweather Jr., LeBron James was talking about her this week. Cardale Jones of the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes tries to get dates with her on Twitter! The biggest and the brightest sports stars are mentioned in the same breath or are talking about her! It’s amazing to watch it all unfold.
All that is fine, but Brazil’s Bethe Correia wants everyone to talk about her. And that they will do if she can do the unthinkable and serve Rousey with her first career defeat.
The Correia-Rousey card is nowhere near the most attractive fight on the card. In fact, the women’s strawweight battle between Jessica Aguilar and Claudia Gadelha has the chance to be a great one. And keep an eye on the welterweight tussle between Warlley Alves and Nordine Taleb, as the two fighters have a total of two losses between them in 21 career bouts. Demian Maia and Neil Magny will also be one to circle on your viewing card.
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Ronda Rousey ($6,000 vs. Bethe Correia): Rousey is DFS gold, so do everything you can to get her under your salary cap. Her past three fights have lasted a total of 96 seconds, and a first-round win by knockout, submission or otherwise will net you 100 DFS points. She will load up plenty of Fantasy points in short order. Don’t be dissuaded by the fact Correia is unbeaten at 9-0. Her past three opponents are 0-10 in their past 10 fights, so her record is a bit inflated.
PLENTY OF UPSIDE
Warlley Alves ($5,000 vs. Nordine Taleb): Alves puts his unblemished 8-0 record on the line in his home nation, and he is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win against Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 56. Alves is the dominant fighter in this bout in terms of footwork as well as his work on the ground. Taleb is more of a one-trick pony who has a solid jab, but if he gets down on the ground he will be in trouble. This one has the potential to be a quick submission for Alves.
Rafael Cavalcante ($4,700 vs. Patrick Cummins): ‘Feijao’ has dropped two of his past three bouts, but losses to Thiago Silva, and No. 3 ranked Ryan Bader, are certainly nothing to be ashamed about. He’ll be fighting in his home nation of Brazil for the fifth time in his career, and that will help. He also needs to try and end this one early, as he tends to wilt the longer a fight goes. He has 12 wins, and all have come via knockout, and he tends to log some big DFS points thanks to his large amount of significant strikes landed (.5 points each at Kountermove). He could roll up over 100 Fantasy points, or he could be a dud. But, as mentioned above, he has ‘plenty of upside’.
Glaico Franca ($4,900 vs. Fernando Bruno): Franca is a much more well-rounded fighter, bringing a deep skill set into this matchup. He is much younger, and will be able to dart around and avoid trouble against the sluggish Bruno, who is 10 years older. When Franca gets Bruno in close, he will use devastating knees and quick leg kicks to tenderize Bruno, weakening him for what could be a very short tussle on the ground.
Stefan Struve ($4,400 vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira): If you’re going to squeeze Rousey under your cap, you need a low-end value. Struve fits the bill. And surprisingly, according to Sportsbook.ag, Struve is actually a moderate favorite at -160. Struve has dropped his past two bouts, including a first-round knockout at the hands of veteran Alistair Overeem at UFC on FOX 13. Struve has good mechanics, although his defense could be called into question since he has been knocked out in two in a row. On the flip side, he is a hard puncher by his own right with solid footwork, and he will do enough to disappoint the home crowd and send Nogueira to the mat early and often. Struve will pick up plenty of points with significant strikes and knockdowns.