UFC makes another trip across the pond and returns to London, with its first international event of 2022 taking place at the O2. Headlining UFC London is a heavyweight matchup between Curtis Blaydes and Tom Aspinall. Below are some MMA DFS picks and analysis with the help of Stokastic’s UFC expert projections. Let’s see what’s on tap for UFC London and find some of the best UFC DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel lineups.
UFC London: Blaydes vs. Aspinall MMA DFS Picks
Top End Pick: Mason Jones | DraftKings $9,200, FanDuel $21
Jones is very well rounded and will be the favorite coming off an impressive unanimous decision win over David Onama, in which he scored 126.8 DraftKings points. He will approach this fight in his usual way, and that is to be aggressive and force heavy pressure. Jones has solid striking and is a black belt in judo, so he is capable of getting Ludovit Klein to the ground. The Top Fighters Tool gives Jones a 33.7% chance of being in the top six on this card, and Stokastic’s MMA DFS projections give him 78% win odds. For UFC DFS lineups today, Jones is a solid play in all formats, even with high ownership.
Mid Range Pick: Jonathan Pearce | DraftKings $8,700, FanDuel $18
Pearce is an aggressive striker with solid volume that mixes in kickboxing and seemingly never takes his foot off the gas pedal. His wrestling is fundamentally sound, as he is averaging an exhausting 6.9 takedowns per fight and landing them at a 60% clip. Pearce will bring heavy pressure early while looking to empty Makwan Amirkhani gas tank. Pearce’s cardio and smothering pressure should carry him to victory in this matchup. He has 64% win odds and a 39% chance of a knockout in Stokastic’s UFC DFS projections, while the Top Fighters Tool gives him a 32.7% chance of being in the top six on this card.
Mid Range Pick: Tom Aspinall | DraftKings $8,300, FanDuel $20
Aspinall is coming into this matchup as the slight favorite over Curtis Blaydes. He has looked amazing since joining the UFC over two years ago, winning all five of his fights. Aspinall has shown his dominance by earning four Performance of the Night bonuses. He has three wins via knockout and two via submission. Aspinall has shown impressive skills on the ground, with submission victories over Andrei Arlovski and most recently Alexander Volkov. He has the skills and power that can give Blaydes trouble, which could lead to another Performance of the Night bonus for Aspinall in his hometown. Stokastic’s MMA DFS projections give Aspinall 56% win odds, and the Top Fighters Tool gives him a 41.8% chance of being in the top six on this card — the highest on the slate.
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Value Pick: Paul Craig | DraftKings $7,700, FanDuel $13
Craig is on an impressive four-fight winning streak, taking out Shogun Rua, Gadzhimurad Antigulov, Jamahal Hill and Nikita Krylov by way of finish. He is known for his wrestling and dangerous kicks, along with his dangerous submission skills from his back. The big question, is can Craig drag Volkan Oezdemir to the mat? He should be able to use his kicks to wear on Oezdemir and eventually get him down, and his vicious submission skills often lead to victorious. Stokastic’s projections give Craig 41% win odds.
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