Welcome to another edition of Get in the Cage for DFS Datalytics. This card has some excellent potential to incorporate a lot of finishes this weekend. Good for you Draft Kings goers out there. This card will feature a lot of young guns trying to make names for themselves in the UFC. The main event will be a bout between top featherweight contender, Dennis Bermudez and the returning Korean Zombie; a man made famous for his absolute wars inside the cage. It should be an exciting card overall. Let’s Get in the Cage! Good luck to everyone playing this weekend.
Daniel Jolly (5-1) vs Khalil Rountree (5-2) – Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)
DK Salaries: Jolly – $7,700 / Rountree – $8,500
Vegas Odds: Jolly +145 / Rountree -165
Odds to Finish: -120 (u 1 ½)
Daniel Jolly is making his second appearance in the UFC after a lackluster debut back in August. Jolly was knocked out in the first round by Misha Cirkunov, an up and coming contender in the light heavyweight division. He has three first round finishes in his five professional wins. This is an interesting fight to call between he and his opponent. Jolly showed that he lacked a ground game for the most part in his first fight. This fight could remain standing and we could see a quick finish here. This will either be an exciting fight or a snoozer. I’m not really sure. Draft at your own risk here because I think this fight truly could go either way. Who will land more and will throw the harder the shots are the questions.
Khalil Rountree has been extremely unimpressive since making it to the finals of the Ultimate Fighter last year. He lost a decision to become the runner up, where he was laid on top of for the better part of 15 minutes. He was unable to generate any type of offense. Rountree’s last fight occurred in November and he was submitted in the first round. He appears to be a one dimensional fighter with nothing more than knockout upside in my opinion. If he does not score a early knockout, Rountree will likely have little value for your lineup. His conditioning is highly questionable past the first round. I will tentatively side with Rountree here, simply because I think he has more power in his arsenal to score a knockout.
Fight Prediction: Rountree – Rd 1 KO
Alex Morono (13-3) vs Niko Price (9-0) – Welterweight (170 lbs)
DK Salaries: Morono – $8,000 / Price – $8,200
Vegas Odds: Morono -105 / Price -115
Odds to Finish: -155 (o 1 ½)
Niko Price will enter the cage after he made quick work of Brandon Thatch back on the Rousey-Nunes card on December 30. A little over a month and Price is back at it again. Price showed solid grappling skills in his UFC debut and was eventually able to get his opponent to the ground where worked out a arm triangle while on top. He certainly looked very impressive on the ground and could be a threat. He seems very well-rounded. Most of his fights prior to entering the UFC have ended by TKO, so it was great to see his strong ground game. Price likes to mix it up on the feet generally with both punches and kicks. He often times swings with malicious intent.
Alex Morono has impressed in his first two UFC bouts. He won both by decision. He, much like his opponent, did not waste time to reenter the cage after his last bout. Morono is a black belt in both Muay Thai and BJJ. He has landed 50 percent of his strikes thus far and that includes 111 total strikes landed in his last fight. In terms of drafting upside, Price seems like the safer bet here. Morono has not attempted a take down, so will likely not accumulate those valuable grappling points on Draft Kings. He possesses very solid conditioning and often times really likes to let loose with his hands. Morono is slightly more aggressive in my opinion and it could aid in his victory this weekend. I see him wining another decision. I don’t believe he will be worth a draft, however, unless it is a knockout victory. It is not out of the question with how he throws once he gets comfortable. Vegas and Draft Kings both see this fight as a fairly even contest.
Fight Prediction: Morono – Unanimous Decision