UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez
Mike Alexander breaks down each fight on Friday's UFC card and gives you his example lineups for DraftKings DFS MMA slate.
For the first time in what feels like a while, we have a really solid UFC card on tap this weekend. It’s happening on Sunday, which isn’t unheard of but seems to indicate that ESPN wants it’s new MMA property to offset the loss of NFL viewership. It’s a natural fit. The UFC brass made sure they brought a solid lineup to the Worldwide Leader for the flagship channel debut. Be sure to note lineups lock at 5:30 PM ET with early prelims, despite the ESPN start time of 7:00.
We’re finally getting Cain Velasquez back in the octagon. He’s been rehabbing a back injury for two plus years. Prior to that, he was the man that was destined to rule the heavyweight division for an age. His blueprint to success has been to outwork his opponent with wrestling and dirty boxing, cause them to tire, and turn up the volume some more. There are legitimate concerns about how close to 100% he is at this point between being 36 and having a list of nagging injuries throughout his career.It doesn’t...