As many of you may have heard, several changes came this week to Draftkings MMA and the Spooky Express is excited for the future of MMA. The main change is instead of having to choose 5 fighters for your team, you will now select 6 fighters at a lower salary structure. Another change that we are absolutely excited about is Draftkings is putting more focus on knockdowns and takedowns.
In the past, a takedown was 2 points. Now, fighters will receive 5 points for each takedown. Knockdowns use to get you 3 points and now you will receive 10 points so make sure you look for those fighters with KO power that can knock down an opponent. With many new changes, we are looking forward to giving out some great information and helping the fans of the Spooky Express win some Draftking dollars!!!
Luis Henrique Da Silva $9200- Luis Henrique Da Silva also known as “Frankenstein” will welcome UFC newcomer Joachim Christensen to the octagon on Saturday night in a Light Heavyweight fight. Da Silva is 11-0 overall and has won all of his fights by TKO or KO (8 in the 1st round). Christensen will have a lot of strikes coming at him and will need to find a way to control the pace of this fight. In Da Silva's last fight, he landed 8.82 significant strikes per minute. I think Christensen will struggle with the high output of Da Silva and end up on the other end of a TKO late in the 1st round.
Cody East $7900- Two BIG heavyweights, Cody East and Curtis Blaydes, both made their UFC debut's on the losing side of a KO in their last time out. They will now square off in what I think will certainly end with someone looking up at the lights. Cody East is 12-2 with 9 KO/TKO's. East fights out of Jackson Winklejohn with the likes of Jon Jones, Andrei Arlovski, Allistar Overeem, Anthony Hamilton just to name a few. Blaydes is still relatively green with only 6 fights under his belt, 5-1 record. Blaydes does have a significant reach advantage in this fight with a 82 inch reach compared to East's 77 inch reach but I think East is the much more athletic fighter and his experience in the cage and sparring partners will be a HUGE benefit. I look for a 1st round finish here by Cody East.
Fight To Avoid!!!
Main Event-John Linekar vs. John Dodson
In the main event of the evening, we see #3 Flyweight John Lineker fresh off a 1st round KO of Michael McDonald taking on John Dodson, who is also coming in off a 1st round KO of Manny Gamburyan. In most tournaments on Draftkings, ownership is always higher for Main Event and Co-Main Event fights and this week, I anticipate it being even higher because they are both coming off knock out victories. Majority of fans that play will jump on this fight but they wont look at the fact that these two have the lowest combined finish rate out of all the fights on UFC Fight Night 96! I would recommend you totally avoid this fight on your Draftkings lineups and look for one with a higher finish rate and lower ownership!
Here is a breakdown of the new scoring on Draftkings.
|Significant Strikes||0.5 pts||0.5 pts|
|Advance||1 pt||3 pts|
|Takedowns||2 pts||5 pts|
|Reversals||2 pts||5 pts|
|Knockdowns||3 pts||10 pts|
|Win in Round 1||100 pts||90 pts|
|Win in Round 2||70 pts||70 pts|
|Win in Round 3||50 pts||45 pts|
|Win in Round 4||40 pts||40 pts|
|Win in Round 5||40 pts||40 pts|
|Win By Decision||25 pts||30 pts|