The UFC travels to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday with light-heavyweight legend Jon Jones putting his belt on the line at UFC 235. It’s his first title defense since he reclaimed the 205-pound championship at UFC 232. Jones is a hefty favorite against striker Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, who has 13 losses on his resume. The co-main event features welterweight champ Tyron Woodley facing “Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman. Woodley is gunning for his fifth successful title defense in the 170-pound division. Before you set your UFC DFS lineups on sites like DraftKings, be sure to see the UFC 235 DFS picks from SportsLine’s Kyle Marley.
Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every fight for every UFC card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past nine months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up nearly $18,000. He’s also had multiple five-figure UFC DFS wins in his career and won more than $3,000 on DraftKings at UFC Fight Night in Prague last week. In that event, Marley said Thiago Santos (-110) would beat Jan Blachowiz by knockout in the main event — and that’s exactly what happened, as Santos landed a third-round flurry to end the light heavyweight bout. Now, he’s locked in his UFC DFS picks for Saturday only at SportsLine.
For UFC 235, we can tell you Marley is eyeing Diego Sanchez at $7,100 on DraftKings.
“This is not the Diego Sanchez of old, but he still has what it takes to beat Mickey Gall,” Marley told SportsLine. “On his feet, the volume alone from Sanchez should win it for him there as long as he doesn’t get knocked out. The chin of Sanchez is what I worry about most these days, but Gall is not much of a striker and I don’t see him getting a knockout. So, a submission is Gall’s best chance at a win here, but Sanchez has never been submitted.”
“We need to have underdogs in our DraftKings lineups, and Sanchez allows us to pay up for more expensive fighters,” Marley added. “If Sanchez can grind out a win via decision, he can give you 10x salary. And if we can get a win from him at that cheap salary, we will be in line for a $50k win if we hit our other five spots.”
Marley also is targeting another fighter who is a must-play, saying his bout is a total mismatch. This pick could be the difference between cashing huge in MMA DFS or going home with nothing.
So what are the top MMA DFS plays for UFC 235? And which fighter is a must-roster? Visit SportsLine now to get Kyle Marley’s detailed UFC 235 DFS advice, all from the unrivaled guru who keeps crushing MMA DFS.