RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 254

RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 254

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

Wake up early Saturday to enjoy some prelim cage fighting with your bacon & eggs, all leading up to the main card at 2:00 p.m. EST. Fight fans will be treated to a six-fight main card, with a lightweight title unification belt serving as the main event.

As a reminder, the following selections are purely picks. If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's 254 Preview or tune into Fight IQ live Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST on the RotoWire Youtube Channel. With FanDuel launching a MMA game as well, we also have added a new DFS Preview courtesy of Chris Olson.
 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 

CLASS

JONJAKECHRIS
Justin Gaethje (+245) vs.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-290)

Lightweight
Championship

 KhabibKhabib Gaethje
Jared Cannonier (-120) vs.
Robert Whittaker (+100)

Middleweight

 Whittaker Whittaker Cannonier
Alexander Volkov (-210) vs.
Walt Harris (+175)

Heavyweight

VolkovVolkov Volkov
Jacob Malkoun (+220) vs.
Phil Hawes (-260)

Middleweight

 Hawes HawesHawes
Lauren Murphy (-240) vs.
Liliya Shakirova (+200)

Women's

Flyweight

MurphyMurphyShakirova
Ion Cutelaba (+230) vs.
Magomed Ankalaev (-270)

Light
Heavyweight

AnkalaevAnkalaev Ankalaev
 

 

   
UFC 254 RECORD  6-06-03-3
2020 RECORD 31-1327-1722-22
2020 PERCENTAGE .705.614.500
2019 RECORD 39-1935-2332-26
2019 PERCENTAGE .672.603.552
ALL-TIME  165-94160-99 130-99
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .637.618.568

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

JOE

"SUNTZU"

SHAUN 
"TheDFSniper"

Justin Gaethje (+245) vs.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-290)

Lightweight
Championship

 Khabib Khabib
Jared Cannonier (-120) vs.
Robert Whittaker (+100)

Middleweight

WhittakerWhittaker
Alexander Volkov (-210) vs.
Walt Harris (+175)

Heavyweight

VolkovVolkov
Jacob Malkoun (+220) vs.
Phil Hawes (-260)

Middleweight

HawesHawes
Lauren Murphy (-240) vs.
Liliya Shakirova (+200)

Women's
Flyweight

MurphyMurphy
Ion Cutelaba (+230) vs.
Magomed Ankalaev (-270)

Light
Heavyweight

 AnkalaevAnkalaev
 

 

  
UFC 254 RECORD 6-06-0
2020 RECORD 30-1431-13
2020 PERCENTAGE .682.705
2019 RECORD 34-2434-24
2019 PERCENTAGE .586.586
ALL-TIME 91-5795-53
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .615.642

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 of 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 DFS Baseball, our FanDuel MMA column, 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, who is currently ranked 9th in DFS MMA. 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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jake Letarski
RotoWire Editor for College Basketball and MMA. Frequent podcaster, plus radio and video guest. Follow Jake on Twitter at @RotoJake.
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