My Fantasy MMA guide for UFC 193 features a wide range of fighters that you can use to boost your chances of winning big money in a Fantasy MMA tournament at DraftKings or Kountermove.
In Fantasy MMA it’s really important that you select a good range of fighters that give you the best chance of scoring a high number of points. In order to do this, you’ll need to select fighters at various prices in order to stay under the salary cap. This article includes fighters at various different price points, to ensure that you’ll be able to use a good number of these picks to help you build a solid team.
BEST FANTASY MMA PICKS
My best Fantasy MMA pick for UFC 193 is Joanna Jedrzejczyk. I think Joanna is a great pick because I believe she’ll win this fight easily by landing a large amount of significant strikes on Valerie Letourneau. Valerie is very tough and I believe she may survive into the later rounds, but she will be completely outclassed from the opening bell until “JJ” finishes her. Jedrzejczyk is 1 of the best strikers in the UFC. She is very accurate with her strikes and throws them at a high volume. This being a 5 round fight gives Joanna up to 25 minutes to accumulate big points for your team. She has a very high price tag, but she is well worth the price.
I know that I’m stating the obvious, but Ronda Rousey is another solid Fantasy MMA pick that you should seriously consider putting in your team. Ronda also comes at a very high price tag, but I believe that she is almost guaranteed to score you big points. It’s no secret that Holly Holm’s only path to victory is to control the distance, land strikes, get in out and and stay away from the clinch. The only problem is she has to do this for 25 straight minutes. There is no way she will be able to accomplish this. Rousey will get her to the ground at some point and submit her shortly afterwards. The only question is when? I do believe Holly can make it past round 1, but eventually Ronda will get a hold of her, she will throw her to the ground and she will submit her.
Mark Hunt is another one of my favorite Fantasy MMA picks because I believe he will win this fight by knockout or TKO in the first round. Don’t let the first fight between Hunt and Bigfoot fool you. This rematch will not be anything like their last fight which was a complete war. Silva has only won once in his last 5 fights and his chin is completely shot since he stopped taking TRT. Bigfoot has been viciously KO’d in 3 out of his last 5 fights and I expect Mark Hunt to land one of his powerful leaping left hooks and put him to sleep. I expect Mark Hunt to win this fight easily.
Gian Villante is fighting a 43 year old Anthony Perosh at UFC 193 and this is a bad stylistic match up for Perosh. His only real chance of winning this fight is to get Villante to the ground and submit him. This strategy won’t be easy to employ because Villante is a good wrestler with great takedown defense. This fight should take place entirely on the feet. Perosh doesn’t even look like a UFC caliber fighter. Villante will easily outstrike him and there’s a good chance he’ll score you big points by winning this fight by knockout or TKO.
Jake Matthews is a well rounded fighter who likes to use his wrestling to put his opponents on their back and attack with ground and pound and go for submissions. This card contains so many fighters with a medium to high price tag, that you are going to have to put 2 or 3 fighters with a low price tag in your team to stay under the salary cap. I am not going to be naive and tell you I think Akbarh is going to win this fight. But, Arreola has a very active guard and good submissions from his back. Matthews was just submitted in his last fight via guillotine and at Arreola’s low price tag, there is that chance he may submit Matthews and score big points whilst spending very little of your salary cap.
FIGHTERS TO AVOID
ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA and ANTHONY PEROSH
I would avoid putting Anthony Perosh and Antonio Bigfoot Silva in your Fantasy MMA team. I don’t see either of them winning. I also do not see either man even making it to the end of the first round. Bigfoot Silva has taken a lot of brain trauma lately and he has looked like a shell of his former self without the help of the TRT. It’s only a matter of time before Hunt puts Silva’s lights out.
Anthony Perosh is 43 years old and very one dimensional. If he can’t get the fight to the ground, he looks lost in the Octagon. Villante will make this entirely a stand up fight with his wrestling and takedown defense. The fight will not end well for Perosh. I expect Villante to keep this fight standing and win easily.