Welcome back fellow MMA fight fans to a Friday Night of UFC action. This time we have a 11-fight card taking place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. There are several very close matches on this card which will make for some interesting choices in your tournament builds. But, that’s not what this article is about. My goal is to help navigate you through this interesting card and find some solid fighters to begin your cash game construction with.
For your 1st time readers, welcome and I hope you enjoy the article. For all you regular readers, you will notice a change. Moving forward I am going to gear this article for cash games. If you want my full thoughts on the entire card, you can find them in our MMA coaches notes Yes, I know everyone wants to win that big tournament win! But a major point we make here at DFS Army is proper bankroll management. A major part of that is, of course, cash games. It may not be the sexiest way to build your bankroll but, over time it can be the most consistent. I would love to hear any feedback on this new format, and I look forward to helping everyone learn the art of creating a solid cash game lineup.
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As always have some fun in tournaments this week. Just remember the Golden Rule! While chasing after the big payout is enticing always remember bankroll management. I am a firm believer in the 80-20 rule. Which is 80% of your allocated bankroll for the night in cash games and 20% in tournaments. Remember to take advantage of our Research Station and Domination Station. Plus check out the podcast, and follow me on Twitter (@MMACashAssassin) for the latest MMA and DFS Army news!
MMA UFC Cash Game Basics for DFS
In cash games, unlike tournaments, we are trying to build a solid floor with our lineups. Many times that may mean using a fighter with great odds to win a match or taking someone who is severely mispriced in a solid spot. Cash games are often times card dependent. For example, if a fighter is expected to be chalky in cash games and I feel they are in a good spot I have no problem eating the chalk and just rostering him. After all, he’s chalky for a solid reason. One major difference between cash and tournament play is getting past your aversion to play the chalk. Often times, the chalk makes a lot of sense. (I’m going to use the word “chalk” a lot, if new, chalk is slang for “popular player.”) If you ever have any questions pertaining to cash games feel free to reach out to me on Twitter, or if you are a VIP shoot me a dm.
DFS MMA UFC 257 Cash Core Plays
Conor McGregor (-290) 9.1k
It’s really hard to not like Conor in this spot. He is a high output striker that lands at 5.43 SS’s per minute and has underrated wrestling defense. Vegas is expecting this fight to end ITD with a prop of -425 and McGregor winning in this scenario. It’s also worth noting that Conor has never score less than 100+ DraftKings points in any of his UFC wins period. Bottom line he will be a very popular play on this slate and I am locking him into my builds.
Movsar Evloev (-590) 9.4k
Evloev is the biggest favorite on the card and the most expensive fight on DraftKings. Of all the 9k fighters on this slate he is the safest in my opinion to get a win. Don’t let that fool you though he still carries a good ceiling, especially when you consider he has landed 4+ TD’s in 2 of his 3 UFC fights. I can say avoiding him in GPP’s at his salary, but we are talking cash game builds here. I am making him a major part in my cash game construction this card and suggest you consider doing the same!
Andrew Sanchez (+130) 7.6k
In order to fit the higher-priced favorites on this card you are going to have to punt with an underdog or 2 on this card. Sanchez is my favorite cash punt on the entire card. This fight is expected to go to decision with a prop of (-125). I see no reason Sanchez doesn’t reach 30-40 DraftKings points in this scenario considering he lands 4.82 SS’s per minute. That’s all we need from him at this salary and by using him in your cash builds it allows more flexibility with the rest of your lineup construction. This is the route I am taking on this card and I think you should entertain the thought as well.
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MMA UFC Fight To Target In Hybrids/Tournaments
Now that we covered some cash plays. Let’s breakdown 1 fight I really think you should get exposure to in your hybrid and tournament lineups.
Dan Hooker (-135) 8.5 vs Michael Chandler (+125) 7.7k
This fight carries a Fight Ends Inside The Distance prop of -125. At both their salaries the winner of this fight should be on the optimal lineup. I will personally have a good amount of exposure to this fight in tournaments (north of 65). Overall this fight will score well for DraftKings purposes My preferred play is Hooker because when it comes to the fight game often times size matters (Hooker carries a 4 inch height and 4 1/2 inch reach advantage). If you plan on playing multiple lineups in tournaments this is a great fight to target both sides of in my opinion.
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