Welcome to another edition of Get in the Cage for DFS Datalytics. UFC Fight Night Halifax takes place this Sunday, featuring a heavyweight battle between two top contenders. Heavy handed Derrick Lewis will look to continue his parade of dominance in the UFC as he take on UFC vet, Travis Browne. Fists will be flying left and right in what should be an epic battle. There are a lot of upset picks this weekend, which could help your lineup flow more easily on Draft Kings. Perhaps your lineup can win big on Sunday. Let’s Get in the Cage and find out! Good luck to everyone playing.
Gerald Meerschaert (25-8) vs Ryan Janes (9-1) – Middleweight (185 lbs)
DK Salaries: Meerschaert – $9,000 / Janes – $7,200
Vegas Odds: Meerschaert -335 / Janes +275
Odds to Finish: -175 (o 1 ½)
Gerald Meerschaert will look to continue his hot start here in the UFC. This will be his second fight with the company. Meerschaert is a veteran in MMA despite being new to the big stage that is the UFC. He is a dangerous submission artist, who showed off his diverse skill set in his debut bout. He finished Joe Gigliotti in the first round via an anaconda choke, which came out of no where. Meerschaert looked as calm as can be in that fight. He is extremely dangerous on the ground as he showed there and could be a threat to do it once more this weekend. He is one of the heavy favorites to win on this card. His grappling and submission game will be one to watch. Meerschaert will look to score his 19th submission victory on Sunday.
Ryan Janes too, came away with the victory in his UFC debut, taking the decision against Keith Berish. He has wasted little time to get back in the cage; that fight occurred in December. Janes, much like his opponent, is a highly touted grappler. He has seven submissions in his nine professional victories. It was surprising to see Janes not even look to take that fight to the ground. He relied on his striking attack and it paid off, though he was not accurate. With both of these fighters backgrounds, however, I will find it hard to believe that this fight remains standing for an extended period of time. Meerschaert has finished 23 of his 25 professional victories and is superior with his ground attack, so I will side with him this weekend. Despite being priced relatively high at $9,000, I would still have him in your lineup.
Fight Prediction: Meerschaert – Rd 2 Submission
Jack Marshman (21-5) vs Thiago Santos (13-5) – Middleweight (185 lbs)
DK Salaries: Marshman – $7,900 / Santos – $8,300
Vegas Odds: Marshman +155 / Santos -175
Odds to Finish: -245 (u 1 ½)
Jack Marshman looked very impressive in his UFC debut back in November. After being taken down a couple of times, Marshman was able to score a knockout victory. He too had an early knock down in the fight (10 pts). He has excellent hands and the power to knockout anyone in the division. Marshman is highly entertaining to watch and has tremendous heart. He appears to always be looking for a finish. His conditioning is at an elite level as well, from what I saw in his debut. He overcame adversity early on, which speaks to his character. Marshman throws with precision and accuracy when he fights as well. He landed 46 percent of his strikes in that fight. Marshman has finished 18 of his 21 victories, so it likely we can see a finish here this weekend.
I used to be very high on Thiago Santos, however, after his recent performances, I have severely lost hope in the Brazilian. Santos has collectively lost two in a row and being finished in the first round on both occasions. Simply put, Santos does not fight with the intelligence level he should. He made costly mistakes in his last bout and was submitted. His fight prior, he was destroyed by Gegard Mousasi, which was not overly surprising. Santos is still a feared striker in the division, but will need to get back on track here. This bout could end up being fight of the night when it is all said and done. I expect both men to open up and throw hard at one another. I believe Marshman possesses the better chin of the two and also throws with more precision. Expect an early finish.
Fight Prediction: Marshman – Rd 2 TKO