UFC Fight Night 62 Mixed Martial Arts DFS picks
It’s UFC Fight Night 62 from the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio De Janeiro, and you can watch the preliminaries on FOX Sports 2, with the main card beginning at 10pm ET on FOX Sports 1. The main event will be Demian Maia against Ryan LaFlare in a welterweight bout.
I like to call my strategy for this card the ‘Silva Linings Playbook’. If you build your roster around Erick and Leandro Silva, you can squeeze in a couple of the top favorites on the board and post a winning roster.
(Kountermove.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET).
Gilbert Burns ($5,300 vs. Alex Oliveira): ‘Durinho’ has a 9-0 career UFC record, posting three victories by KO/TKO and five by submission, including a Round 1 submission (armbar) win last time out against Christos Giagos at UFC 179. Burns is the biggest favorite (-700) on the board and he should make quick work of his fellow Brazilian.
Andre Fili ($5,100 vs. Godofredo Pepey): The featherweight Fili has won 10 of his past 11 bouts, and he is heavily favored (-400) to add to his win total. ‘Touchy’ isn’t a guy to count on for a quick win via the ground, but he has registered seven KO/TKOs, accounting for half of his wins.
Erick Silva ($5,300 vs. Josh Koscheck): Silva (-450) is heavily favored to polish off Koscheck, who just fought and lost on the UFC 184 card in a Round 2 submission (north-south choke) against Jake Ellenberger. In fact, Kos has dropped his past four bouts, last tasting victory Feb. 4, 2012. Silva has won two of his past three fights, with both wins coming early in Round 1. This one might be just as quick.
PLENTY OF UPSIDE
Tony Martin ($4,700 vs. Leandro Santos): Vegas bettors are thumping their cake down on Martin, who now finds himself as a slight favorite (-145) over Santos. That makes Martin a nice DFS value, as his opponent actually has a slightly higher salary. Make no mistake, this will be a close bout, but Martin’s inclusion on your roster will help afford a few studs up top.
Leandro Silva ($4,600 vs. Drew Dober): Silva, like Martin above, enters this lightweight bout as a slight favorite (-150) despite a DFS salary $400 less than his opponent. Silva has won six of his past seven bouts, with only a setback against Francisco Trinaldo (who is also on this card) at UFC Fight Night 51. Two of the past three bouts for ‘Buscape’ have been won in the first round, and 10 of his 17 victories have come via submission. Silva is a good value in his home nation against the American southpaw Dober.