The only thing better than UFC being back this weekend is the fact that we can celebrate the return of Reignmakers UFC as well. With a $10K top prize in the Reignmaker Tier and over $100K in total prizes for this Fight Night, there’s a lot to be excited about for this UFC slate. Let’s break down the top UFC Reignmakers plays for UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Imavov.
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Here are some of my top Captain plays and Reignmaker recommendations for Saturday’s UFC slate.
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Simply put, Umar Nurmagomedov is not losing this fight. A whopping -950 favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook, Umar pairs impressive striking with an even more elite kicking game, creating insane offensive pressure that makes him a very friendly fantasy player. Despite only winning 8% of his fights inside the distance, two of his last three fights have been submissions, and his decision win went over 100 points. A true set-it-and-forget-it option, I’m all in on Umar Nurmagomedov this Saturday.
In a fight of UFC rookies that’s probably not going the distance, I’m playing the more established veteran. Mateusz Rebecki is 16-1 as a pro and combines aggressive striking with equally potent wrestling. He searches for finishes and has only gone to decision twice in his entire career. As a -740 favorite, Rebecki is another safe play in Reignmakers.
Imavov is one of UFC’s rising stars in the Middleweight division. The future title contender faces the toughest test of his UFC career on Saturday when he takes on the dangerous yet slumping contender Sean Strickland. Just last July, we were talking about Strickland as a title contender. That was until he was KO’ed by current champion Alex Pereira. After losing by split decision to Jared Cannonier less than a month ago, Strickland enters this fight on short notice and on a two-fight skid. I’m not sure Imavov can finish Strickland, but I do feel confident that he’ll pull out the win. Given that this fight is five rounds, there should be more than enough time for Imavov to earn striking and grappling points against Strickland on his way to a win.
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