RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 251

RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 251

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

Fight Island is upon us. The UFC is heading to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, getting its first chance since the start of the pandemic to showcase much of its international talent. The card will be capped off with three title fights, with fan-favorite Jorge Masvidal set to challenge Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title in the main event.

As a reminder, the following selections are purely picks. If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's 251 Preview or tune into Fight IQ live Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST on the RotoWire Youtube Channel. With FanDuel launching a MMA game as well, we also have added a new DFS Preview courtesy of Chris Olson.
 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 

CLASS

JONJAKECHRIS
Kamaru Usman (-280) vs.
Jorge Masvidal (+240)

Welterweight
Championship

Usman Usman Usman
Alexander Volkanovski (-235) vs.
Max Holloway (+195)

Featherweight
Championship

VolkanovskiHollowayVolkanovski

Jose Aldo (+180) vs.

Petr Yan (-220)

Bantamweight
Championship

YanYanAldo

Rose Namajunas (-210) vs.

Jessica Andrade (+175)

Women's
Strawweight

 AndradeAndradeAndrade

Amanda Ribas (-900) vs.

Paige VanZant (+600)

Women's
Flyweight

RibasRibasRibas
UFC 251 RECORD 4-13-23-2
2020 RECORD 22-719-1014-15
2020 PERCENTAGE .759.655.483
2019 RECORD 39-1935-2332-26
2019 PERCENTAGE .672.603.552
ALL-TIME  156-88152-92 122-92
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .639.623.570

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

JOE

"SUNTZU"

SHAUN 
"TheDFSniper"

Kamaru Usman (-280) vs.
Jorge Masvidal (+240)

Welterweight
Championship

 Usman Usman
Alexander Volkanovski (-235) vs.
Max Holloway (+195)

Featherweight
Championship

Volkanovski Volkanovski

Jose Aldo (+180) vs.

Petr Yan (-220)

Bantamweight
Championship

YanYan

Rose Namajunas (-210) vs.

Jessica Andrade (+175)

Women's
Strawweight

AndradeAndrade

Amanda Ribas (-900) vs.

Paige VanZant (+600)

Women's
Flyweight

RibasRibas
UFC 251 RECORD 4-14-1
2020 RECORD 19-1022-7
2020 PERCENTAGE .655.759
2019 RECORD 34-2434-24
2019 PERCENTAGE .586.586
ALL-TIME 80-5386-47
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .602.647

THE PICKERS

Jon Litterine: RotoWire lead MMA beat writer and scribe for our weekly DrafKings preview. Lead analyst on the RotoWire MMA Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JonLitterine.

Jake Letarski: RotoWire.com Operations Manager, plus MMA and NCAA Hoops Senior Editor. Host of the RotoWire MMA Podcast and guest on the RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @RotoJake.

Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire to "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," as well as DFS Baseball, our FanDuel MMA column, a MMA gambling columnist and fight recaps. Follow him on Twitter at @RealChrisOlson.

Joe "SunTszu": Known more commonly by his Twitter handle @SunTszu, Joe is a Hedge Fund Executive by day and high-volume DFS player by night. He is a 2x "Bracket Challenge" & "Gotham qualifier, who is currently ranked 9th in DFS MMA. You can also find him as one of the original contributors of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He is also a co-creator of the "Creating Alpha in DFS" podcast.

@theDFSniper: @theDFSniper is the host and lead instigator of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He also appears on the LoudMouth MMA podcast and contributes soccer content to DFS Army.

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