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UFC 282 Main Card Picks on DraftKings Sportsbook

Tim Finnegan gives UFC 282 bets to consider on DraftKings Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz v Rakic Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC 282 is taking place on Saturday from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the event has already had a seismic change to the top of the card. Jiri Prochazka was originally set to defend the UFC light heavyweight title in a rematch against Glover Teixeira, but Prochazka suffered a significant shoulder injury in training. The injury was so serious that it not only forced Prochazka out of the bout, it forced him to vacate the title due to the lengthy rehab ahead of him. Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev was promoted to the UFC 282 main event and the two will compete for the vacant light heavyweight title.

During the last UFC PPV at UFC 281, a DraftKings Sportsbook bettor made a big profit with the help of Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya. The bettor turned $45 into $3,195 by placing this Same Game Parlay (SGP) on DraftKings Sportsbook:

  • Alex Pereira Moneyline
  • Total Rounds - Under 4.5
  • Exact Method of Victory - KO/TKO/DQ
  • Most Significant Strikes - Alex Pereira
  • Alex Pereira Total Significant Strikes - 85+
  • Israel Adesanya Total Significant Strikes - 70+
  • Total Significant Strikes - Round 1 - 45+

Pereira won by TKO two minutes into the fifth round, out-struck Adesanya in total significant strikes 91 to 86 for the entire fight, and Pereira-Adesanya combined for 46 total significant strikes landed in Round 1. As a result of all of these outcomes hitting, the bettor successfully cashed their Same Game Parlay bet and took home a profit of over $3K.

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Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Despite having a wrestling background growing up in Dagestan, Magomed Ankalaev does not utilize a lot of aggressive offensive wrestling. Ankalaev is converting under one takedown per 15 minutes and has been successful on only 33% of his takedown attempts. For comparison, monstrous Dagestani wrestler and UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev is averaging roughly 3.5 takedowns per 15 minutes and has been successful on 65% of his takedown attempts. In addition, Ankalaev’s primary wrestling background is Greco, which utilizes upper-body clinch work as opposed to level changes and leg attacks.

Instead, Ankalaev is more of a skilled and patient counter striker. Ankalaev does not absorb a lot of strikes, absorbing only about two significant strikes per minute, a low rate. Ankalaev also has strong striking power and has finished five of his nine UFC wins by KO/TKO.

If Ankalaev does not utilize much offensive wrestling and this becomes primarily a striking match, Blachowicz will be extremely dangerous. Blachowicz has the length advantage, carrying a three-inch reach advantage, which will help him on distance strikes. Blachowicz also has a powerful right hand, which will come into play given Ankalaev stands southpaw. The best method for an orthodox fighter to attack a southpaw is with the right hand, because a southpaw’s lead defensive shoulder is on the opposite side of the orthodox fighter’s right hand, giving more clearance to find the button on the right side. Ankalaev has been hurt in fights before on the feet, most notably against Thiago Santos, where Ankalaev was knocked down with standing strikes and put on his back. Ankalaev also had his legs wobbled in his fight against Dalcha Lungiambula.

If this fight does primarily take place on the feet, the skill gap is closer than the betting odds indicate. Blachowicz is over +200 on the moneyline on DraftKings Sportsbook, which is a good plus-money option to consider since Blachowicz’s chances to win appear better than that. Blachowicz has the power to end this fight via KO/TKO if he connects clean, so Blachowicz to win by KO/TKO (+550) is also a higher-reward consideration at big plus money.

Pick: Jan Blachowicz moneyline (+235)

Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon

Paddy “The Baddy” is a rising English fighter who has the potential to develop into a star. Pimblett is charismatic and is good at getting people engaged, which has garnered the attention of others in the sports world. A well-known professional wrestler recently feuded with Pimblett, calling him a “dollar store Conor McGregor”, but as McGregor himself stated in defense of Pimblett: “A dollar store Conor is still worth millions!”

Pimblett is getting a step up in competition against Jared Gordon. Gordon is 4-1 in his last five fights and has strong striking metrics, landing nearly six significant strikes per minute while absorbing about three significant strikes per minute. Gordon has also fought elite competition in the past, most notably facing former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira in 2019.

While Pimblett has the potential to develop into a star down the road, there are some aspects of his current game that could be exploited by better competition. Pimblett’s defense is leaky both on a rate basis and visually. Pimblett is avoiding just 41% of opponent significant strike attempts, which is not good. In comparison, Gordon has avoided 57% of opponent significant strike attempts. Pimblett has the tendency to keep his chin upright and stationary, which could make him vulnerable when he is in range on distance strikes.

Pimblett’s name and charisma might be distorting the betting for this fight, and as roughly a +200 underdog on DraftKings Sportsbook, Jared Gordon is a plus-money consideration.

Pick: Jared Gordon moneyline (+210)

Parlay Bet to Consider:

  • Jan Blachowicz moneyline
  • Jared Gordon moneyline

Parlay odds: +938 ($100 nets $1,038.50)

Same Game Parlay (SGP) is available on DraftKings Sportsbook for the UFC! To place a SGP:

  1. Find a fight that has the SGP icon in the top-left corner.
  2. Toggle “Same Game Parlay” on. Once it’s on, all available bets will appear.
  3. Build your Same Game Parlay. Combine multiple bets together from one fight. The more bets you combine, the more you can win.
  4. Place your parlay. Add your Same Game Parlay to your bet slip, enter your wager amount, and submit your bet.

Read more about SGP at the DraftKings Sportsbook SGP page!

All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS or DKSB contests. The contents contained in this article do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skill and judgment in building lineups.