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Brock Lesnar failed UFC 200 drug test.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship revealed that Brock Lesnar failed a drug test the night of UFC 200. The second sample he sent out the night of his victory against Mark Hunt turned out to be positive for banned substance. The United States Anti-Doping Agency informed Lesnar of his potential violation of the UFC drug-test policy from a sample taken month prior to the combat. The UFC clarified that Lesnar was declared positive with the same substance obtain during both tests.

The 39 year-old athlete is among the most popular fighters in mix martial arts and WWE wrestling. He defeated Hunt by judges decision on July 9th. It was his first MMA win in more than four years. He walked off with $2.5 million from the UFC event, not counting the added millions more in bonuses.

Chad Mendes suspended for 2 years

The Ultimate Fightig Championship will be without one of it’s best featherweight for the next two years. The United States Anti-Doping Agency gave a two year suspension to Chad Mendes for failing a drug-test. The screening test executed on May 17th revealed a high dose of growth hormones in the 31 year-old American system. Mendes will not be able to fight in the octagon until June 10th 2018. Part of the Alpha Male team working out of Sacramento, Mendes lost by K-O against Frankie Edgar in his last bout in December 2015. Prior to that, he lost to Conor McGregor and the chance to become interim featherweight champion. He lost three of his last four fights

Carlos Condit fights Demian Maia in Vancouver

Carlos Condit will take on Demian Maia for the main event of the UFC gala set in Vancouver August 27. They originally were lined up to meet at UFC 202 McGregor vs Diaz, but the bout finally got push back seven days later.

Maia (23-6) is on a five fight win streak, with his most recent won by rear naked choke against Matt Brown in May.

Condit (30-9) lost four of his last six fights, since 2012. His opponents were high-class though. He lost George St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Tyron Woodley and the current welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler.

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UFC 200 Event

The UFC presented it’s biggest event ever on stage of the new T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. FanPicks (click to play) has your breakdown of the mix martial art promotion big night. This pivotal event saw most of the athletes offering huge performances and making this night historical. Presented as the 200th ceremony of it’s lifetime, UFC 200 was in reality the 366th organised event. It includes Fight Nights and  The Ultimate Fighters finales. This all happened a little under 23 years of existence.

It wasn’t an easy road for organizers to set it all up. Bouts were being changed from the last six month to the final 24 hours. Contract negotiation, injuries or failed drug test were all part of the discussion gouing in UFC 200. Big names like Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones all missed the call. Despite that, the organisation was able to fill the fight card with names worth making this an historical gala.

An all-female main-event

Amanda Nunes is known to usually start her fights guns blazing. She has never lost round 1 of her fights except in her professional debut loss, back in 2008. So it was no surprise to see her run after champion Miesha Tate like she was her prey. Nunes was aggressive, precise and determined to become the new belt bearer. Tate failed to evade her opponents fury and got caught into submission in the first round.

This rapid K-O gave the Brazilians a revived sense of excitement. It was just a few days ago that they saw Rafael dos Anjos, the last remaining UFC Brazilian champion, lose the title against American Eddie Alvarez in a first round TKO at UFC Fight Night. Nunes is therefore the only Brazilian to hold a UFC belt.

There is now a bunch of possibilities regarding the next Bantamweight title fight. Amanda Nunes could take on  superstar Ronda Rousey, who hasn’t given any news on a comeback since her loss of the championship belt in November 2015. Another opponent possibility is Julianna Pena. She won in the undercard of UFC 200 against former contender Cat Zingano, and has yet to lose in the octagon in four bouts. Former champion Holly Holm will be in action in less than two weeks against Valentina Shevchenko, and this fight could determine Nunes next opponent. Whoever faces the champion next, they will all have to find a solution against the Brazilian first-round flurry in the hopes to win against her.

Brock’s power and efficiency

Former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is just a physical specimen to watch. His wrestling ability is second to none. Many were wondering why he was out of the MMA game for so long. Well now we know that his presence in UFC 200 kept fan interested in his big return to the octagon. He faced top 10 fighter Mark Hunt, who is known for many of his stand up battles throughout his career. Hunt showed he was prepared against Lesnar’s takedowns, but the former WWE wrestler brute force alone was too much for the kickboxer. Lesnar was never in trouble. He was able to dictate the rhythm during all fifteen minutes of the fight. Hunt managed to hold out until the end, but it was just a disappointing loss for the Samoan.

The question now stands if this was an one and out fight for Lesnar. If the UFC and Lesnar can find an even ground to work on for the future, than a revenge fight between him and former champion Cain Velasquez, who won by TKO against Travis Browne earlier in the night, could be a moneymaker.

What was supposed to happen happened

No miracle was to be expected from legendary fighter Anderson Silva for his last minute fight against Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. With a 48 hours notice, Silva stepped to take Jon Jones place to turn the championship main-event into a non-title bout reduced to third-to-last in the fightcard. Jones failed a drug test in June and got suspended for two years. What’s suprising about Silva taking this fight is the fact he just had an operation to remove his gallbladder less than two month ago. Despite the circumstances and the fact he was conceding twenty pounds to his adversary, Silva was still able to give Cormier some scares in the kickboxing department. The champion’s wrestling was too much for the Brazilian though. The fight ended in a majority decision for Cormier.

Sure, the fight was not the one fans were craving to see, but it left most of them in even more discontent from Cormier’s performance. He got booed for the majority of the fight, since he wasn’t exchanging punches with Silva. From his standpoint though, there was no risk to take in that fight. And so he followed through with the sure win and no loss of value to his status as champion. Despite the loss, Silva will mostly take credit for allowing Cormier to fight in the card and receive his pay.

Re-energized Aldo

There was a lot of questions about how Jose Aldo would bounce back from is devastatingly short loss at the hands of Conor McGregor a few month ago. He was facing a Frankie Edgar for the interim Featherweight title. Edgar won his last five combat against top 10 caliber opponents, so his stock was sky high. In fact, last time Edgar lost a fight was against Aldo back in February 2013. Their initial fight was a tight decision win for the Brazilian. It was all of the same at UFC 200. It again finished in an too-close-to-call unanimous decision for Aldo.

Despite the fight being close as it is, Aldo may have gave his best performance in a while, and that’s saying much for Edgar as well. Aldo showed off his solid chin and his strong, crisp and precise attacks during all five rounds. His next step should be a a rematch with current champ Conor McGregor. And let’s just say that a lot of ink is going to be spilled going into it.

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UFC 196 – Daily Fantasy Sports Recap


Featherweight champion Conor McGregor, once seemingly invincible was stunned Saturday night, as well as the MMA world when he got submitted in the 2nd round of UFC 196 by Nate Diaz. FanPicks is proud to bring you this quick recap of this past weekend’s main events in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. Come enjoy daily fantasy sports news at Fanpicks and enjoy our contests.



McGregor came into this fight hoping to show the world he could dominate and hold multiple weight classes’ titles. However, it wasn’t the case and he actually had a difficult time coping with the way Diaz handled his stand up boxing style and punch power unlike the other featherweights. McGregor got submitted at the end of the 2nd round by a rear-naked choke despite showing total control and confidence throughout the fight.

Diaz, who accepted the fight just 11 days ahead of the event because of Rafael Dos Anjos’ withdrawal due to an injury, was willing to fight at 160 lbs instead of 170. The confident Irishman however still decided to challenge him at 170, 25 lbs over his typical 145 pounds featherweight. McGregor, UFC’s brightest star will most likely avoid a rematch against Diaz or anyone at 170 but we may definitely see him in the lightweight division.


The co-main event featured former UFC Bantamweight Champion and boxing world champion, Holly Holm against Miesha Tate, seen by many as a veteran to the sport. Just 4 months after her stunning victory against Ronda Rousey, Holm’s time as the UFC Bantamweight Champion is up. Holm controlled most of the fight and actually got out in the 2nd round from a long and tough takedown. Heading into the 5th round and up until 90 seconds left, it seemed like Holm was going to retain her belt. It took the final sequence when Tate took advantage of a miscalculation from Holm to choke and submit her.

According to Dana White, Tate who’s won 5 fights in a row will most likely defend her belt against former champion, Ronda Rousey later this year. Tate has lost twice to Rousey in the past and with Tate more confident than ever, it will be an it will be an interesting contest between the two veterans.


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Fantasy MMA Preview Fight Night: Cowboy vs Cowboy

Fantasy MMA Preview – 02/17/16

This weekend will be a duel of western flavor. The UFC’s American & Brazilian cowboys will be facing off on Sunday in Pittsburgh. FanPicks has your Fantasy MMA Preview.

Fight Card

Fantasy MMA preview

Main Event:  #5(LW) Donald Cerrone (28-6) vs Alex Oliveira (13-12-1) – Welterweight bout

Donald”Cowboy”Cerrone failed to impress in his lightweight championship bout, two month ago. Champion Rafael dos Anjos kept the pressure throughout the first round, not allowing the Cowboy to execute any attack, and the Brazilian was able to finish him off with a TKO victory. This second career loss to dos Anjos prompted Cerrone to start his comeback trail in a new division this Sunday. He will be facing a fellow lightweight fighter, Alex”Cowboy”Oliveira who will take this bout on short notice. Oliveira is on a 3 fight winning streak in the UFC, and already has 2 of them in the Welterweight division. His last bout was back in November 2015, against Polish fighter Piotr Hallmann. He was able to get the 3rd round KO victory and the performance of the night bonus. It was in 9th KO in thirteen fight. Oliveira will take on a ranked UFC fighter for the first time in his career. Cerrone has more experience, while also having faced the best fighters, and is the most well-rounded between the two. The American will use his crisp kicks and technical striking in this matchup, while the Brazilian is likely to grapple, takedown and secure a favorable position for the submission. It will be too hard to bring down Cerrone, with his 69.15% takedowns defense. The knockout win should be in the books for the former title challenger.

#13 Derek Brunson (14-3) vs #15 Roan Carneiro (20-9) – Middleweight bout

Derek Brunson has won his last 3 fight, and his last two in a 1st round knockout. This coming Sunday, he will look to make it to 4 straight wins. To do so, he will have to go through Roan Carneiro. The Brazilian made an impact in his UFC return back in February 2015, when he submitted veteran Mark Munoz in the 1st round. This fight will be a classic wrestler versus jiu-jitsu artist. Brunson is strong and agile, and he’s unlikely to give anything away to Carneiro.  This one should go to Brunson, as he controls the pace of the fight for all 3 rounds.

Cody Garbrandt (7-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0) – Bantamweight bout

Team Alpha Male fighter, Cory Garbrandt will fight late replacement and UFC newcomer Augusto Mendes. With two undefeated records, one will fall with his first loss. Garbrandt has solid power, proved by his 6 TKO finishes in 7 fights. Mendes has finished all of his fight, with 4 submissions and 1 knockout. If this fight stays up, than Garbrandt has the advantage. But if it goes down, Mendes will have an easy time. A late swap of opponent for Garbrandt could hurt him. Mendes should come out as the surprise underdog winner in this one.

#8 Dennis Bermudez (15-5) vs #12 Tatsuya Kawajiri (35-8-2) – Featherweight bout

Two hard nose fighters, going head-2-head. Denis Bermudez was on is way up before stumbling on two losses that saw him being submitted and knocked out. He’s still an exciting fighter, but he may want to take the more secure route and not rush in too much to ensure a victory. Tastuya Kawajiri is a longtime veteran of the sport, and has won 2 straight UFC bout for the first time in his career. He’s got excellent leg kicks and is not shy to use them. Bermudez will want to use his wrestling ability to control the fight and get the win, something that is far probably going to happen.

Fantasy Picks

Donald Cerrone

Derek Brunson

Augusto Mendes

Dennis Bermudez

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UFC Fantasy Draft News 10-12-2015

UFC Fight Night Poirier versus Duffy One Day Fantasy League Picks Saturday October 24th 2015

UFC Fight Night returns on October 24th as there are four fights scheduled on the main card over national television. The action gets underway from Dublin Ireland at 4PM Eastern Time and UFC fantasy draft managers can follow their one day league picks on FOX Sports 1 TV. Check out the eight prelims beginning at 12:45PM Eastern Time on UFC Fight Pass. There are 12 fights and 24 fighters available to select a fantasy roster from.

The main event from the four fight main card on FOX Sports 1 TV will feature action in the 155lb category as Dustin Poirier will face Joe Duffy. Poirier an American is 18-4 on the year with 9 of his wins coming by knockout. Joe Duffy is from Ireland and he has 57% of his wins coming by submission. Dustin Poirier has won two straight and last fought at UFC Fight Night on June 6th where he defeated Yancy Medeiros by TKO. Duffy has a four fight win streak. In July at UFC Fight Night Dufay defeated Ivan Jorge by submission.

A battle in the heavyweight division between two Americans as the number three contender Stipe Miocic will battle Ben Rothwell. Miocic is 12-2 with 69% of his victories coming by knockout. Rothwell the number seven contender in the heavyweight division is 35-9 with 77% of his wins coming by knockout. Miocic bounced back from a loss to Junior dos Santos by defeating Mark Hunt by TKO at UFC Fight Night in May. Big Ben Rothwell a seasoned veteran has a three fight win streak. At UFC Fight Night in June Rothwell defeated Matt Mitrione by submission

Two Europeans in the 170lb weight class go head to head as Nicolas Dalby will face Darren Till. Dalby from Denmark is 14-0 with a high 50% of his victories by decision. Till an Englishman, is 13-0 with 69% of his victories by knockout. Dalby is making his second ever appearance with the UFC. In his debut at UFC Fight Night in May he earned a split decision victory against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. It was his first fight away from Europe as the victory came in Brazil against a Brazilian fighter.

In the 125lb weight class the local Paddy Holohan from Ireland will face American Louis Smolka. Holohan is 12-1-1 with 67% of his victories by submission. Smolka is 9-1 with 44% of his wins coming by submission. Paddy is the local favorite as the 27 year old is from Dublin. This will be Holohan’s fifth fight in the UFC promotion. He is 3-1 fighting in the UFC with the loss coming to Chris Kelades by decision in his second fight with the promotion at UFC Fight Night in October of 2014. He last fought in July at UFC Fight night and scored a decision victory against Vaughan Lee. His past three victories have all come via decision. Louis Smolka is 24 year old Hawaiian making his fifth fight with the UFC promotion. He is 3-1 in the UFC losing to Chris Cariaso by split decision at UFC Fight Night in May 2014. At UFC 189 in Las Vegas Nevada on July 2015 he faced Neil Seery and earned a unanimous decision victory in the three round fight. Three of his past four fights have has gone to the judge’s scorecards.

UFC Fight Night Fantasy League Picks

1. Stipe Miocic
2. Dustin Poirier
3. Darren Till
4. Louis Smolka
5. Jon Delos Reyes

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UFC Fight Night – Barnett vs Nelson

UFC Fight Night returns on Saturday September 26th with a five fight main card over national television. Things begin from Saitama Japan at 10PM Eastern Time and FOX Sports 1 has the coast to coast broadcast. The four card prelims get going at 8PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 2. Check out the early prelims at 7:30PM Eastern Time on UFC Fight Pass. All ten fights are available for fantasy UFC play from the one day leagues now held in the players lobby.

Josh Barnett vs. Roy “Big Country” Nelson:

A battle in the heavyweight division by seasoned pros. Veteran Josh Barnett is 33-7 with a 55% submission win rate and 30% of his wins came by knockout. That leaves just 15% of his victories going to the judge’s scorecards. The 37 year old has won 11 of his past 13 fights. He is coming off a loss at UFC 168 in December of 2013 to Travis Browne by knockout. Previously he earned a TKO win again Frank Mir in August of 2013.

“Big Country” Roy Nelson is 21-11 with 67% of his victories coming by knockout. He has a 13 pound weight advantage over Barnett. Big Country is 39 yards old. He has lost two straight and four of his past five fights all against UFC competition. At UFC 185 in March of 2015 Nelson was defeated by submission to Alistair Overeem.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall:

From Iran Mousasi is 37-5-2 with 57% of his wins coming by knockout. He has submitted 27% of his opponents. The 30 year old has a two fight win streak. At UFC Fight Night in May of 2015 Mousasi defeated Costas Philippou by decision. Prior to that result he defeated Dan Henderson by TKO in January of 2015.

Uriah Hall is from Jamaica in this 185lb fight. Hall is 12-5 with 75% of his wins coming by knockout. Hall is 31 years old and has won four of his past five fights. At UFC Fight Night in August of 2015 Hall defeated Oluwale Bamgbose by TKO.

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chico Camus:

Horiguchi the local product from Japan is 15-1 with 60% of his wins coming by knockout. 33% of his wins have come by submission. The young 24 year old had his nine fight win streak broken at UFC 186 after a loss to Demetroius Johnson by submission armbar at 4:59 of the fifth round for the UFC Flyweight Championship.

Camus from the USA is 14-6 with 36% wins by knockout. A very high 57% of his wins came by decision. The 30 year old looks too bounce back from a loss at UFC 188 to Henry Cejudo by decision in June of 2015.

Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop:

From Japan Takeya Mizugaki is 20-9-2 with only 5% of his wins by knockout. Many of his wins have come from the judge’s scorecard with 70% wins by decision. The 31 year old is on a two fight losing streak. He lost to Aljamian Sterling at UFC on FOX in April of 2015 by submission. At UFC 178 Mizugaki fell to Dominick Cruz by knockout in September of 2014.

George Roop is 15-12-1 with 33% wins by knockout. He too has a many wins by decision at a 47% clip. Rook a 33 year old from the US lost his last fight at UFC 175 on July of 2014 to Rib Font by knockout.

Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Matt Hobar:

Known as the “Kid”, Norifumi Yamamoto has a record of 18-6 with 72% of his wins coming by knockout. From Japan Yamamoto have 17% of his wins by decision. Entering UFC 184 Yamamoto had lost three straight and five of six fights. He fought at UFC 184 in February of 2015 with the result a no contest due to an accidental eye poke.

Matt Hobar from USA is 9-3 with 44% of his wins by submissions. He has a high 44% of his wins coming by judge’s decision. The 28 year old from Dallas Texas was defeated at UFC 181 in December of 2014 to Sergio Pettis by decision.

UFC Fight Night Fantasy League Picks

1. Josh Barnett
2. Matt Hobar
3. Gegard Mousasi
4. Kyoji Horiguchi
5. Takeya Mizugaki

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UFC Fight Night on Fox – Dillashaw vs Barao

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The UFC returns to FOX TV on July 25th with a Fight Night card. Headlining the card will be in the 135lb weight category for the Bantamweight Title as TJ Dillashaw will face the number one contender Renan Barao.

UFC fantasy draft experts will have 24 fighters to choose rosters from as 12 fights are on tap. MMA fantasy players can follow the first four fights on the card over FOX. FOX has the prelims at 6PM Eastern Time. Early prelims can be followed over UFC Fight Pass.

TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao: The champion Dillashaw enters Fight Night with a record of 12-2. He has knockouts in 42% of his fights. The contender Barao is 35-2 with 43% of his wins ending in submission victories. Dillashaw a 29 year old fighting out of Sacramento puts up a three fight win streak. At UFC 177 way back on August 30th of 2014 he defeated Joe Soto by knockout. This is a rematch of their match at UFC 173 over a year ago were Dillashaw won by TKO. Barao is 28 years old and fights out of Brazil. He bounced back from his loss to Dillashaw by defeating Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night back in December by submission as he successfully administered the arm triangle choke to get the win. The defeat to Dillashow broke a 32 fight win streak.

Miesha Tate vs. Jessica Eye: This is a match in the 135lb weight class. Tate is the number two contender and is 16-5 in her career. 44% of her wins have come by decision. Eye is the number five contender and steps in with a mark of 11-2. A very high 64% of her wins came by decision. Eye is the busier fighter landing over five strikes per minute. Tate a Bantamweight is on a three fight win streak since a defeat to Ronda Rousey back at UFC 168 on December 28th 2013 by armbar submission. Tate’s past three wins have all come via judges’ scorecard. At UFC 183 Tate earned a majority decision to Sara McMann back in late January. Eye is 28 years old and fights out of Cleveland Ohio. She suffered a defeat at UFC 170 back in February 22nd of 2014 to Alexis Davis by split decision. She bounced back at UFC 180 on November of last year by scoring a TKO win against Leslie Smith.

Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder: They fighter will come in at 155lbs. Barboza is the number seven contender in his weight category and carries a record of 15-3. He is a successful striker with 67% of his wins coming by knockout. Felder is a perfect 10-0 in his career. He too has succeeded with strikes with a 70% knockout percentage in his victories. Barboza from Brazil is 29 years old. His two fight win streak was snapped at UFC Fight Night on February 22nd of 2015 as he suffered a defeat via unanimous decision to Michael Johnson. He is 2-2 in his past two fights. Felder is 31 years old and fights out of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The four year pro is coming off a win at UFC 182 on January 3rd of 2015 as he knocked out Danny Castillo in the second round.

Joe Lauzon vs. Takanori Gomi: These fighters compete at 155lbs. Lauzon is 24-11 and has submitted 71% of his opponents in his victories. Gomi from Japan is 35-10. A high 46% of his wins had come by decision. Lauzon calls East Bridgewater Massachusetts home. The 31 year old fighter has three losses over his past five fights. His two fight win streak was stopped back UFC 183 on January 31st 2015 with a loss by TKO to Al Iaquinta in the second round. Gomi is a seasoned veteran as he made his MMA debut way back in 1998. He has spent time in Pride Fighting. Gomi has lost four of his past seven fights. Back on UFC Fight Night in September of 2014 it was Gomi suffering a defeat to Myles Jury by TKO.

UFC Fight Night Fantasy Mock Draft Picks

1. TJ Dillashaw
2. Miesha Tate
3. Paul Felder
4. Takanori Gomi
5. Jim Miller

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UFC Fight Night 72 – Bisping vs Leites

Daily Fantasy Sports

The UFC returns on Saturday July 18th with another outstanding Fight Night card scheduled. UFC fantasy league draft managers can follow the results of their rosters over national television on FOX Sports 1 TV with a start time for the main card at 1PM Eastern Time from Glasgow Scotland. Check out the four fight prelims over Fox Sports 1 at 11AM Eastern Time. The two fight early prelims are carried on UFC Fight Pass at 10AM Eastern Time. In total there are 12 fights and 24 fighters available for selection on your real money fantasy league rosters.

Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites: A match between the #9 and #10 ranked fighters in the 185lb weight class. Bisping is 26-7 with a 65% knockout percentage in his fights. He is the better defensemen guarding against takedowns. He is the busier fighter landing nearly 4 ½ strikes per minute. Leites is 25-4 fighting and is from Brazil. His victories end up in submissions 56% of the time. Bisping has traded wins with losses over his past nine fights. He is coming off a decision victory against C.B. Dollaway at UFC 186. Leites carries an eight fight winning streak into Saturday. He scored a submission victory against Tim Boetsch at UFC 183 back on January 31st 2015.

Ross Pearson vs. Evan Dunham: Pearson is from nearby England and carries a record of 19-8. Both fighters had their wins end in judges decision over a third of the time. Dunham is 15-6, as he fights from the USA will connect with 5 ½ strikes per minute. The 30-year-old Pearson is coming off a win against Sam Stout at UFC 185 by knockout back on March 14th 2015, which earned him a match performance of the night bonus. Dunham is 33 years old and broke a three fight losing streak with a decision victory against Rodrigo Damm at UFC 185 on January 3rd.

Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge: Duffy is from Ireland and enters Fight Night with an impressive mark of 13-1. He is a landing 8 ½ strikes per minute on opponents. 62% of his wins have come by submission with only 8% win by decision. Ivan Jorge fights from Brazil and has a good mark of 26-4. He has submitted 50% of his victims in victory. Jorge is a good defender against takedowns. Duffy is working on a three fight win streak following his TKO victory against Jake Lindsey at UFC 185 on January 3rd 2015. Jorge bounced back from a loss to Rodrigo Damm on February of 2014 with a decision victory against Josh Shockley at UFC Fight Night on February 22nd of 2015. He has just three fights dating back to September 4th of 2013.

Joanne Calderwood vs. Cortney Casey Sanchez: Two ladies mix it up in the 115lb division. Calderwood from Scotland is the hometown product with a record of 9-1. She lands over seven strikes per minute. Casey-Sanchez is 4-1 with two wins by knockouts and the other two victories coming by submission. Calderwood also participates in kickboxing with 21 fights to date. Calderwood is ranked seventh in the UFC Straw Weight division. She looks to bounce back from a defeat to Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night on April 11th of 2015.

Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak: Edwards out of Jamaica is 9-2 with 56% of his wins coming by knockout. The fight is in the 170lb weight class. Pawlak from Poland has an impressive record of 11-1 with 64% wins by knockout. UFC fantasy cash league managers can expect some good action here with a win by knockout a high possibility. Edwards had a six fight win streak snapped in a decision loss to Claudio Silva at UFC Fight Night on November 8th 2014. He bounced back five months later with a knockout win against Seth Baczynski.

Stevie Ray vs. Leonardo Mafra: Ray is the hometown guy fighting from Scotland. He is 17-5, scoring 47% wins by submission. Both fighters have had their victories come by way of the judgers a quarter of the time. Mafra fights out of Brazil and enters Fight Night with a mark of 12-2. The Brazilian has won six of his previous seven fights. He is coming off a win against Cain Carrizosa on March 21st 2015.

UFC Fight Night Mock Draft Cash League Picks

1. Leonardo Mafra
2. Joseph Duffy
3. Evan Dunham
4. Thales Leites
5. Leon Edwards

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UFC 189 – McGregor vs Mendes

Daily Fantasy Sports

There will be daily fantasy sports action set for Saturday July 11th as UFC 189 will take place from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada. Headlining the card for UFC draft managers to consider will be the interim Featherweight title match between Chad Mendes and Connor McGregor. Mendes is replacing Jose Aldo as the Brazilian was forced to be scratched from the card due to injury.

The main card will get underway at 10PM Eastern Time over PPV. FOX Sports 1 at 8PM Eastern Time has the prelims televised over national television. Early prelims go off at 7PM Eastern Time on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC fantasy players can select from 22 fighters from the 11 fights scheduled.

Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor: Both fighters enter UFC 189 with identical 17-2 records. McGregor wins his matches with no doubt as he has scored 88% of his wins by way of knockout.

McGregor is the busier fighter landing nearly six strikes per minute. Mendes has 47% of his wins by decision and 41% came via knockout. McGregor from Ireland is well rounded as he has a very good 83% takedown accuracy. He is looking to extend a 13 fight win streak. At UFC Fight Night on January 18th 2015 it was McGregor defeating Dennis Silver by TKO.

Mendes, the 30 year old American, losses came against Jose Aldo by decision. He bounced back from his latest defeat to Aldo on October 25th of 2014 by defeating Ricardo Lamas on April 4th 2015 at UFC Fight Night by way of TKO in the first round.

Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald: The champion Robbie Lawler puts up his Welterweight Title against the number two contender Rory MacDonald.

Lawler is 25-10 with 76% of his wins coming by knockout. Only 4% of his wins came via submission. Lawler has a three fight win streak as he comes off a split decision victory against Johny Hendricks on December 6th 2014 at UFC 181. He revenged a defeat to Hendricks from March 15th 2014. The Canadian MacDonald is 18-2 with 39% of his wins coming via knockout. The sheet looks pretty balanced for MacDonald with 33% submission victories and 28% via decision. MacDonald has won three fights in a row since a defeat to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167 on November 16th 2013 via split decision.

Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens: Both enter at 145 pounds. Bermudez is 15-4 with 47% of his wins awarded by decision. Good defender who avoids takedowns at a high percentage. Stephens is 23-11 with 70% of his wins by knockout.

Gunnar Nelson vs. Brandon Thatch: Both fighters have good records. Nelson is 13-1-1 while Thatch enters at 11-2 in the 175 pound category. Nelson is the more accurate puncher at 55% accuracy. 73% of Thatch’s victories have come by knockout.

Brad Pickett vs. Thomas Almeida: Almeida brings in an undefeated 19-0 record into this contest at 135 lbs. A very busy fighter with nearly 8 strikes per minute landed. He has 74% of his wins by knockout. Pickett is 25-10 and has recorded 40% of his wins by submission.

Matt Brown vs. Tim Means: Brown is 21-13 and the #5 ranked fighter in the 170 pound category. 62% of his wins came by knockout with 29% by submission. Means is 24-6-1 and has recorded 67% of his victories by knockout.

Mike Swick vs. Alex Garcia: This fight is in the 170lb category. Swick is 15-5 lifetime. Garcia is 12-2 with 42% of his wins coming by knockout and submission.

Cathal Pendred vs. John Howard: Cathal Pendred from Ireland is 17-3-1. 59% of his wins went to the judges score cards via decision. Howard enters UFC 189 with a mark of 22-11. His victories came by knockout 41% of the time with 27% of the time by submission.

Cody Garbrandt vs. Henry Briones: Garbrandt an American is 6-0 in his young career. 100% of his wins came via knockout. His opponent in this 135lb fight is Henry Briones from Mexico who is 19-4-1. Briones has recorded knockout wins 53% of the time.

Neil Seery vs. Louis Smolka: Seery is 15-10 in his career with knockouts in 40% of his victories. Smolka is 8-1 and the busier fighting landing five strikes per minute.

Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Cody Pfister: Cedeno a Cuban is 10-4 with 70% of his wins coming by way of knockout. This fight is in the 155lb category. Pfister from USA is 11-4-1 who has recorded 27% of his wins via submission with 36% knockout rate.

UFC 189 Cash Real Money League Picks

1. Conor McGregor
2. Cody Garbrandt
3. Thomas Almeida
4. Dennis Bermudez
5. Louis Smolka

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