RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 220
RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 220

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

Some might say the UFC had a down year in 2017, but regardless of whether you buy into that logic or not, the promotion seems dead set on making up for it with a tremendous start. One of their most highly marketable (and overall terrifying) assets in Francis Ngannou will get the biggest fight of his career, as he'll be pinned against reigning champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of the evening, where the "Baddest Man on the Planet" will be crowned. And remember Daniel Cormier? Though he fell to Jon Jones his last time out, DC has since been reinstated as champion following a failed Jones drug test. Cormier will make his first title defense since those events, taking on the heavy-handed Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event. See how the RotoWire MMA Staff sees the Pay-Per-View portion of Saturday's card playing out.

If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's UFC 220 preview.

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS JON EVAN JAKE
Francis Ngannou (-170) vs.
Stipe Miocic (+150)
Heavyweight ChampionshipNgannouMiocicNgannou
Daniel Cormier (-300) vs.
Volkan Oezdemir (+270)
Light Heavyweight ChampionshipCormierCormierCormier
Calvin Kattar (+150) vs.
Shane Burgos (-170)
FeatherweightBurgosBurgosBurgos
Gian Villante (-170) vs.
Francimar Barroso (+150)
Light HeavyweightVillanteVillanteBarroso
Rob Font (+100) vs.
Thomas Almeida (-120)
BantamweightAlmeidaAlmeidaFont
RECORD 2-3 3-2 2-3
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 60-41 56-45 63-38
PERCENTAGE .594 .554 .624
 
MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS RICHARD CHRIS
Francis Ngannou (-170) vs.
Stipe Miocic (+150)
Heavyweight ChampionshipMiocicMiocic
Daniel Cormier (-300) vs.
Volkan Oezdemir (+270)
Light Heavyweight ChampionshipCormierCormier
Calvin Kattar (+150) vs.
Shane Burgos (-170)
FeatherweightBurgosKattar
Gian Villante (-170) vs.
Francimar Barroso (+150)
Light HeavyweightBarrosoVillante
Rob Font (+100) vs.
Thomas Almeida (-120)
BantamweightAlmeidaAlmeida
RECORD 2-3 4-1
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 43-29 23-18
PERCENTAGE .597 .561

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: 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.
Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire for DFS Baseball, as well as MMA fight recaps. Follow him on Twitter at @RealChrisOlson.

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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.
Christopher Olson
Christopher Olson writes DFS articles and blogs for a variety of sports including MLB, NFL and MMA. Follow him on Twitter @RealChrisOlson
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