UFC Fight Night 85 MMA DFS Picks
The UFC heads back down under to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia for UFC Fight Night 85.
It’s a pretty entertaining card, with a co-main event of Frank Mir and Mark Hunt in a heavyweight battle, as well as Hector Lombard and Neil Magny battling in a welterweight tussle. That isn’t it, however, as the welterweight bout between Alan Jouban and Brendan O’Reilly should be a pretty evenly matched contest, with the other welterweight match between Viscardi Andrade and Richard Walsh definitely worth tuning into as well. The lightweight fracas between Ross Pearson and Chad Laprise could also surprise, too. For a free card this one has a little something for everyone.
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Viscardi Andrade ($10,000 vs. Richard Walsh): Andrade enters this bout 8-1 over his past nine, including a unanimous decision win against Gasan Ulamatov last time out at Fight Night Nov. 7, 2015. Andrade is a powerful puncher who will rack up plenty of significant strikes. Don’t be surprised if this one is ended in the first round or two via knockout, as four of the past nine wins for Andrade have come via KO/TKO. The only thing going against him is that he’ll be fighting on Andrade’s home turf with a hostile crowd supporting their countryman Walsh.
Alan Jouban ($11,200 vs. Brendan O’Reilly): The former model Jouban is looking to bounce back after getting dropped by Albert Tumenov at UFC 192 last time out. The first round defeat was his second in four bouts, also losing to Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night Nov. 8, 2014. That’s nothing to be ashamed about, however, as those two fighters are top notch. Jouban (-475) is an overwhelming favorite in this bout, and he will not disappoint. Look for Jouban to rack up plenty of Fantasy points with punches and kicks, mincing up O’Reilly and ending this bout before it goes to the judges.
Johnny Case ($9,700 vs. Jake Matthews): Case heads down under to spoil the party for Matthews and his countrymen. Case is tremendously powerful, and he is a top-notch technical striker. Case is also light on his feet and moves well, avoiding trouble. Look for plenty of kicks and an upright brawl. Matthews is just 21 years old, and ‘The Celtic Kid’ is still green. He is 9-1, but just doesn’t have the experience. Case is his toughest bout yet, and he will be overwhelmed by the power and kicks being rained down upon him early and often. This one could be over in the first round.
Hector Lombard ($9,600 vs. Neil Magny): Lombard (-130) is a slight favorite in this battle, but the UFC stats tell the story. Magny ranks sixth in the welterweight division in strikes absorbed per minute at 1.69. He is a punching bag, and Lombard will rack up plenty of Fantasy points with significant strikes and advances. The only concern is rust for Lombard, as the Cuban southpaw comes off a 14-month layoff due to suspension. His fight against Josh Burkman at UFC 182 was overturned after testing positive for a banned substance. Look for Lombard to have a chip on his shoulder, as he is out to prove himself.
Bec Rawlings ($9,500 vs. Seohee Ham): Rawlings will have the support of the home crowd, and she looks to build off her UFC debut win, a rear-naked choke of Lisa Ellis, at Fight Night May 9, 2015. Look for Rawlings, a whirling dervish, to fire out of the chute with plenty of energy. She’ll look to get Ham up against the fence and work her over with punishing and painful knees. As long as Rawlings can avoid the ground she will win this one in front of her fellow Aussies.