UFC 220 Fantasy Picks

Welcome back everyone to another guideline for UFC Fantasy. This week, we’ll be looking at UFC 220, and show you what picks you should add in your lineup. With everything from must-haves to the underdogs, we’ve got you covered.

Must Haves

Francis Ngannou:

Okay seriously. How the hell do you not have this guy in your lineup. I wasn’t so convinced of the beast that is Ngannou, as I thought experience would play in his downfall against Overeem. Obviously, I was dead wrong about that, as he blasted him into oblivion with an uppercut from the depths of hell.

Anyways, I really like how well rounded his opponent Miocic is, but at this point. I can’t see anyone beating Francis anytime soon. He’s too fast, too strong, too agile, and surprisingly well-rounded. I see him getting the job done within two rounds…AND

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Thomas Almeida:

Despite being not as a safe pick as Ngannou, Almeida is certainly one of the more solid picks in this lineup. He’s a dangerous KO artist with a knack of finding his opponents chin, with 17 KO’s to his name in 21 wins. Yeah, he’s pretty dangerous.

I like him against font because he’s coming off an aggravating loss to top contender, Jimmie Rivera, and I really see him getting a fast start and being hungry. Despite Font never losing via TKO/KO yet, I think that changes come Saturday night.

 

Wild Card Plays

Abdul Razak Alhassan:

Why is this a wild card you may ask? Well the fight between Alhassan and Homasi, and it ended in Homasi getting dropped, but leading to an early stoppage. Despite the controversy, the fight was rebooked, but I don’t see the result really changing all too much.

Alhassan is a powerful dude who I think will once again, overpower Homasi and clip in early in the fight. Maybe a three-minute fight altogether, but we shall see. Abdul is a bit pricey at $9k, but to me, he’s worth every penny.

 

Alexandre Pantoja:

The reason I like Pantoja here is because Ortiz has had trouble with aces in the jiu-jitsu realm, and Pantoja is high class in that regard. Ortiz’s career has been lackluster at best, despite his last outing being impressive with a KO victory over Hector Sandoval.

Although impressive like I said, I just think Dustin hits yet another stump in his career. Pantjoa has also had some good success thus far, stacking in at an 18-2 record, and holding submission wins over the likes of Neil Seery. I could see Ortiz as an underdog here, but his back-and-fourth career thus far just doesn’t give me the confidence to say so. I think Pantoja pulls off a late submission.

 

Gian Villante:

I don’t like very many underdogs on this card, if any. However, despite Villante being an average joe at this point in the UFC light-heavyweight division, he still is capable of good performances and is always a though outing for anyone. He has decently heavy hands, and puts up a good scrap. Also, I realize of DFS and the betting lines, Villante is the favorite, but in my eyes, he has much more pressure on his shoulders than Barroso does.

I think he was aggravated by his last fight, and for good reason, dropping a split decision to Patrick Cummins at UFC on FOX 25. He’s riding a two-fight losing streak, and a loss here could really spell an end to his UFC run. He has solid training partners around him like former middleweight champ, Chris Weidman, so I think he can really be top 15 if he chose to, it just seems he hasn’t put too much effort into it as of late.

However, that’s where I think things change. I see a motivated Villante coming out hot against his opponent, Francimar Barroso, and putting on a solid performance, possibly even getting a finish via TKO. Don’t get me wrong though, this pick is a bit risky, but hell, you have to take them at some point.

 

Underdog Picks:

Calvin Kattar:

Don’t sleep on my man Kattar here. Yes, Burgos is the favorite, for good reason too. The dudes riding a big win streak, 3 of which are currently under the UFC banner, and may even be a power play really. But, I didn’t want to include Burgos as a power play due to the fact out of all the underdogs on the card, Kattar seems really the only one up for the challenge.

Kattar is well-rounded and pressures really well. Not much to say here besides he can hold his own inside the cage and is also riding a massive win streak dating back to 2010. The guy knows how to win a decision, and with this being a 3-round fight, I really like Kattar in this one.

 

Gleison Tibau:

Tibau is one of the toughest guys ever to compete inside the octagon, and also holds many notable wins to his name. Again, not the smart pick here, but a real high-risk, high-reward situation. Tibau is extremely cheap at $7,100. Also, he’s such a veteran that you have to feel like he can easily pull a win off here. He’s dangerous on the feet, and a tough guy to take down most of the time, holding a 92% takedown defense stat, which is pretty damn impressive considering he has over 60 fights.

Overall, his opponent, Makhachev needs this fight on the ground, which could allow Tibau to stuff a few attempts and set up some big shots. However, it’s a big if considering Makhachevs talent, but, if you need a cheap play, Tibau is your man.

 

Quick Notes

Volkan Oezdemir- I like him, but not against Cormier. I think the hype train gets derailed Saturday, along with DC probably getting a finish. I’m not doubting Oezdemir’s power here, but we’ve seen what DC does to power punchers…cough cough…Anthony Johnson…TWICE!

 

Stipe Miocic- If you need another underdog, Stipe isn’t a bad pick, honestly. He’s well rounded enough he could pull off a win, but I just don’t see it happening personally. However, that option is always there!

 

Shane Burgos- He’s a tough guy, and undefeated. He’s capable of getting a win most certainly, but probably holds one of the more iffy fights on who will win on the card.

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