RotoWire Expert Picks: UFC 279

RotoWire Expert Picks: UFC 279

This article is part of our UFC Picks series.

In one of the wildest weigh-in day shakeups in recent memory, we have three new fights on the main card of UFC 279, which includes the original peoples' main event -- Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson.

As a reminder, the following selections are purely picks. If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights, check out the MMA Mashup from Chris Olson or our DraftKings MMA preview courtesy of Jon Litterine. We also have a MMA DFS Lineup Optimizer to try if you're looking to try out different combinations  of fighters or generate multiple lineups.

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 

CLASS

JONJAKECHRIS
Nate Diaz (+120) vs.
Tony Ferguson (-140)

Welterweight

FergusonFergusonDiaz
Khamzat Chimaev (-500) vs.
Kevin Holland (+400)

Catchweight

ChimaevChimaevChimaev
Daniel Rodriguez (-165) vs.
Li Jingliang (+140)

Catchweight

JingliangRodriguezJingliang
Irene Aldana (-170) vs.
Macy Chiasson (+145)

Women's
Bantamweight

ChiassonAldanaChiasson
Ion Cutelaba (-200) vs.
Johnny Walker (+170)

Light
Heavyweight

CutelabaWalkerCutelaba
     
UFC 279 RECORD 1-44-12-3
2022 RECORD 27-1934-1220-16
2022 PERCENTAGE .587.739.555
2021 RECORD 35-2842-2137-26
2021 PERCENTAGE .556.667.586
2020 RECORD 36-1834-2028-26
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.630.519
2019 RECORD 39-1935-2332-26
2019 PERCENTAGE .672.603.552
ALL-TIME  232-146242-136 188-141
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .614.640.571

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

JOE

"SUNTZU"

SHAUN 
"TheDFSniper"

Nate Diaz (+120) vs.
Tony Ferguson (-140)

Welterweight

FergusonFerguson
Khamzat Chimaev (-500) vs.
Kevin Holland (+400)

Catchweight

ChimaevChimaev
Daniel Rodriguez (-165) vs.
Li Jingliang (+140)

Catchweight

JingliangRodriguez
Irene Aldana (-170) vs.
Macy Chiasson (+145)

Women's
Bantamweight

AldanaAldana
Ion Cutelaba (-200) vs.
Johnny Walker (+170)

Light
Heavyweight

CutelabaWalker
    
UFC 279 RECORD 2-34-1
2022 RECORD 31-1531-15
2022 PERCENTAGE .674.674
2021 RECORD 38-2536-27
2021 PERCENTAGE .603.571
2020 RECORD 36-1838-16
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.704
2019 RECORD 34-2434-24
2019 PERCENTAGE .586.586
ALL-TIME 166-101169-98
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .622.633

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

COLE     

DRAKE

Nate Diaz (+120) vs.
Tony Ferguson (-140)

Welterweight

DiazFerguson
Khamzat Chimaev (-500) vs.
Kevin Holland (+400)

Catchweight

ChimaevChimaev
Daniel Rodriguez (-165) vs.
Li Jingliang (+140)

Catchweight

RodriguezRodriguez
Irene Aldana (-170) vs.
Macy Chiasson (+145)

Women's
Bantamweight

AldanaAldana
Ion Cutelaba (-200) vs.
Johnny Walker (+170)

Light
Heavyweight

WalkerCutelaba
    
UFC 279 RECORD 5-03-2
2022 RECORD 31-1531-15
2022 PERCENTAGE .674.674
2021 RECORD 43-2117-14
2021 PERCENTAGE .672.548
2020 RECORD N/AN/A
2020 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
2019 RECORD N/AN/A
2019 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
ALL-TIME 71-3448-29
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .676.623

THE PICKERS

Jon Litterine: RotoWire lead MMA beat writer and scribe for our weekly DrafKings preview. Lead analyst on the RotoWire MMA Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JonLitterine.

Jake Letarski: RotoWire.com Operations Manager, plus MMA and NCAA Hoops Senior Editor. Host on the RotoWire MMA Podcast and guest on the RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @RotoJake.

Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire to "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," as well as The MMA Mashup, DFS Baseball, a MMA gambling columnist and fight recaps. Follow him on Twitter at @RealChrisOlson.

Joe "SunTszu": Known more commonly by his Twitter handle @SunTszu, Joe is a Hedge Fund Executive by day and high-volume DFS player by night. He is a 2x "Bracket Challenge" & "Gotham qualifier. You can also find him as one of the original contributors of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He is also a co-creator of the "Creating Alpha in DFS" podcast.

@theDFSniper: @theDFSniper is the host and lead instigator of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He also appears on the LoudMouth MMA podcast and contributes soccer content to DFS Army.

Cole Shelton: Cole Shelton is a full-time sports writer focusing on MMA. His work has appeared on BJPenn.com, CBC Sports, Sports Betting Dime and Blue Jays Nation. He currently pens the MMA Best Bets column on RotoWire. Follow him on Twitter at @ColeShelton91.

Drake Burden: Drake is a proven DFS winner with multiple four-figure paydays under his belt. He took an interest to writing MMA during the pandemic and is active in various Discords and other social media communities. Follow him on Twitter at @DBurdz.

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