UFC Fight Night 65 MMA DFS picks
UFC Fight Night 65 comes from the Adelaide Entertainment Center from the ‘Land Down Under’ with the main event featuring Mark Hunt and Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight tussle. One of the more anticipated bouts might be a lightweight clash between two unbeaten fighters, James Vick and Jake Matthews. And Vick might have the best nickname, as ‘The Texecutioner’ hails from the Lone Star State.
Let’s face it, this card doesn’t exactly have the deepest field, and many of the fighters, especially the Aussies, aren’t necessarily well known to the casual fan. Take advantage. By starting a mix of must-starts and sleepers listed below you can bang those newbies for a solid payday.
(Kountermove.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET).
Sam Alvey ($5,300 vs. Dan Kelly): Alvey is one of the bigger ‘name’ fighters on the card, and he is also the biggest chalk at -370. He’ll square off against unbeaten, yet untested, Dan Kelly of Australia. The 37-year-old southpaw won three months ago, but he has never faced anyone near as skilled as Alvey. The American Alvey has rolled up 25 career victories, including 16 by KO/TKO, with two by submission. The last time we saw him he was turning aside Cezar Ferreira on the Bigfoot-Mir card, his second consecutive Round 1 knockout. Fighting in a hostile environment this fight might not end as quickly, but the result will be an Alvey win.
Hatsu Hioki ($5,300 vs. Daniel Hooker): Hioki is at a career crossroads, as he enters this battle with four losses over his past five events. The featherweight looks to get untracked against New Zealand’s Daniel Hooker, who is also coming off a disappointing loss to Maximo Blanco last time out. Hooker is not nearly as battle tested, and will struggle with Hioki’s quickness.
Stipe Miocic ($5,200 vs. Mark Hunt): In the headline bout, Miocic will battle Hunt in a five-round bout. Miocic looks to end this battle early, as eight of his 12 fights have come via knockout, including a knockout of Fabio Maldonado in 35 seconds at TUF Brazil 3. Hunt will need to be on the lookout for the big punch, as that is Miocic’s calling card. MMA DFS players will be banking on Miocic’s iron fist, hoping he can dump the ‘Super Samoan’, who isn’t very good on the ground, either. Miocic is a heavy favorite at -220, and that’s probably a big bargain.
PLENTY OF UPSIDE
Kailin Curran ($5,100 vs. Alex Chambers): Curran (-250) is an overwhelming favorite against Chambers, a 36-year-old Australian strawweight who has dropped two of her past four bouts. Chambers has shown she isn’t very adept on the ground, so if Curran can get her down on the mat early and often this bout could be a rather quick one. Don’t be dissuaded from taking the American against ‘Astro Girl’ because the fight is in Australia. It won’t matter.
Jonavin Webb ($4,100 vs. Kyle Noke): Webb is a huge underdog, but he has yet to taste defeat in his eight-bout career. He is making his UFC debut after an impressive guillotine win in Round 1 at CFFC 47 over Elijah Harshbarger. ‘Spyder’ has proven to be a decent grappler, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be as successful with a step up in competition. The Australian Noke has dropped three of his past four bouts. If Webb can avoid the rear naked choke, Noke’s signature move, he has a good chance to outpoint and top Noke in his home country.