RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 205
RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 205

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

To celebrate the legalization of mixed martial arts in the state of New York, the UFC took a "go big or go home" mentality for the promotion's debut at the Madison Square Garden. Three title fights are featured on the pay-per-view portion of the card, with Conor McGregor, arguably the UFC's biggest star, wrapping up the event by attempting to earn his second championship belt. Check out how the RotoWire MMA Staff sees the eight biggest fights playing out Saturday night.

Note: The welterweight bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Donald Cerrone has been removed from the card after Gastelum failed to make weight.

If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's UFC 205 preview.

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS JON EVAN JAKE RICHARD
Eddie Alvarez (+135) vs.
Conor McGregor (-155)
LightweightAlvarezAlvarezMcGregorMcGregor
Tyron Woodley (+165) vs.
Stephen Thompson (-190)
WelterweightThompsonThompsonThompsonThompson
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-400) vs.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+325)
StrawweightJedrzejczykJedrzejczykJedrzejczykJedrzejczyk
Chris Weidman (-170) vs.
Yoel Romero (+150)
MiddleweightWeidmanWeidmanRomeroWeidman
Miesha Tate (-185) vs.
Raquel Pennington (+160)
BantamweightTateTateTateTate
Frankie Edgar (-350) vs.
Jeremy Stephens (+290)
FeatherweightEdgarEdgarEdgarEdgar
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-290) vs.
Michael Johnson (+210)
LightweightKhabibKhabibKhabibKhabib
RECORD 3-4 3-4 5-2 4-3
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 24-17 20-21 25-16 8-4

THE PLAYERS

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.
Evan Dahl: Pens our bi-weekly MMA Barometer column. Follow him on Twitter at @RealEvanDahl.
Jake Letarski: MMA and NCAA Hoops Senior Editor. Sirius XM contributor. Host of the RotoWire MMA Podcast, RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast and RotoWire DFS Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeSki52.
Richard Mann: New to the RotoWire MMA staff, Richard is a stats-based analyst that has appeared on ESPN MMA via Fightmetric. He handles event recaps in our Fight Stat Wrap column, and maintains his own, data-driven MMA blog at StrikescoreMMA.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RichardAMann

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Evan Dahl
Evan Dahl is a law student who has been a die-hard MMA fan for over a decade. Outside of MMA, he roots for the Broncos, Brewers and Bucks.
Jacob Letarski
RotoWire Editor for College Basketball and MMA. Frequent podcaster, plus radio and video guest. Follow Jake on Twitter at @JakeSki52.
Jon Litterine
Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead MMA Writer and MMA Editor. He has covered numerous MMA events live. He's also RW's NHL Prospect Analyst. Jon has been writing for RotoWire since 2005. He is a graduate of U Mass-Lowell.
Richard Mann
Richard is a statistical MMA analyst who regularly appears on ESPN MMA and InterMatWrestle.
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