UFC Fight Night 86 MMA DFS Picks
The UFC goes overseas again for Fight Night 86 from Arena Zagreb in Croatia, with Junior dos Santos and Ben Rothwell doing battle in a heavyweight tussle in the main event. In fact, the Croatia card is loaded with heavyweight battles, with Gabriel Gonzaga and Derrick Lewis doing battle, and Curtis Blaydes facing up-and-comer Francis Ngannou. Marcin Tybura and Timothy Johnson will also square off in a heavyweight match, one of five on the card.
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Jared Cannonier ($10,700 vs. Cyril Asker): ‘The Killa Gorilla’ looks to pick himself off the mat after being flattened by KO/TKO in Round 1 by Shawn Jordan in his debut at UFC 182. He has been sidelined since that Jan. 3, 2015 match due to a broken rib suffered in training. He is now 100 percent healthy and ready to take on France’s Asker in a redemption bout. Cannonier will have great success if he can use his athleticism to tire Asker out and/or get the Frenchman on the mat early and often. Cannonier is the more fit fighter in this bout and it will show.
Mairbek Taisumov ($11,400 vs. Damir Hadzovic): Taisumov (-425) is the largest favorite on the board. The Austrian has put away each of his past three opponents by KO/TKO, with none of those bouts lasting longer than 90 seconds into Round 2. Hadzovic, who hails from nearby Bosnia & Herzegovina, rolls in on a six-bout win streak. However, he is making his UFC debut and he has never seen a competitor anywhere close to Taisumov. Look for ‘Beckan’ to drop Hadzovic, perhaps in Round 1, to keep his KO/TKO streak intact.
Ian Entwistle ($9,300 vs. Alejandro Perez): If you are two afford two five-figure studs at the top of your lineup, you need to take a chance on a couple of lower-priced guys with upside. Entwistle fits the bill. The wise guys have been loading up on Entwistle, and he is now a moderate favorite (-140). Bettors like him because he is superior to Perez in the ground game, and the fact the Mexican’s defense leaves something to be desired. Entwistle will put Perez away before the midway point of this match with a submission victory, and the heel hook is his specialty.
Derrick Lewis ($9,100 vs. Gabriel Gonzaga): ‘The Black Beast’ is a considerable favorite (-150) in this match, and while many things aren’t certain in UFC, you can bet on a KO/TKO ending this bout one way or the other. In each of Lewis’ six bouts in the UFC,. he has won four matches by KO/TKO, and lost two others the same way. In other words, Lewis bouts are slugfests. He’ll need to stay on his feet and duke it out with Gonzaga, as he is susceptible to the submission if Lewis is put on the mat. However, even if Lewis gets involved in a grappling game, if he can assume top position it’s lights out for Gonzaga.
Marcin Tybura ($9,500 vs. Tim Johnson): Tybura is viewed as the better all-around boxer, and he is rather athletic despite his giant frame. Tybura also has a better ground game, and all of those things tied together make him a solid selection as a No. 3 fighter. The Polish M-1 standout faces Johnson, a fighter who suffered a unanimous decision setback against Jared Rosholt at UFC Fight Night on Aug. 8, 2015. Johnson is very active, and will bring the action to Tybura, but he is athletic, quick and has the skills to outpoint Johnson.