RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 265

RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 265

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

While the UFC lost a scheduled title fight between Amanda Nunes and Juliana Pena due to COVID, the company beefed up this card with an interim heavyweight title fight, with Derrick Lewis getting to fight in his adopted home town of Houston. All paths lead to champion Francis Ngannou for the winner of the main event between Lewis and Ciryl Gane.

As a reminder, the following selections are purely picks. If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights, check out the MMA Mashup from Chris Olson (coming soon!) or a DraftKings preview courtesy of Jon Litterine.

Also, don't forget to tune into Fight IQ live Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST on the RotoWire Youtube Channel, where Chris, Joe and Shaun will break down the card from top to bottom, featuring a more in-depth look at the selections below.
 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 

CLASS

JONJAKECHRIS
Derrick Lewis (+260) vs.
Ciryl Gane (-335)

Interim
Heavyweight
Championship

 Gane Lewis Gane
Jose Aldo (-130) vs.
Pedro Munhoz (+110)

Bantamweight

 Aldo AldoAldo
Michael Chiesa (+115) vs.
Vicente Luque (-135)

Welterweight

Chiesa LuqueLuque
Tecia Torres (-130) vs.
Angela Hill (+110)

Women's
Strawweight

HillHillTorres
Yadong Song (-110) vs.
Casey Kenney (-110)

Bantamweight

Kenney KenneyKenney
     
UFC 265 RECORD 2-32-34-1
2021 RECORD 22-2028-1423-19
2021 PERCENTAGE .524.667.548
2020 RECORD 36-1834-2028-26
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.630.519
2019 RECORD 39-1935-2332-26
2019 PERCENTAGE .672.603.552
ALL-TIME  192-119195-116 159-119
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .617.627.572

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

JOE

"SUNTZU"

SHAUN 
"TheDFSniper"

Derrick Lewis (+260) vs.
Ciryl Gane (-335)

Interim
Heavyweight
Championship

 Gane Gane
Jose Aldo (-130) vs.
Pedro Munhoz (+110)

Bantamweight

Munhoz Munhoz
Michael Chiesa (+115) vs.
Vicente Luque (-135)

Welterweight

Luque Luque
Tecia Torres (-130) vs.
Angela Hill (+110)

Women's
Strawweight

Torres Torres
Yadong Song (-110) vs.
Casey Kenney (-110)

Bantamweight

Kenney Kenney
    
UFC 265 RECORD 3-23-2
2021 RECORD 23-1924-18
2021 PERCENTAGE .548.571
2020 RECORD 36-1838-16
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.704
2019 RECORD 34-2434-24
2019 PERCENTAGE .586.586
ALL-TIME 120-80126-74
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .600.630

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

COLE     

DRAKE

Derrick Lewis (+260) vs.
Ciryl Gane (-335)

Interim
Heavyweight
Championship

 Gane Gane
Jose Aldo (-130) vs.
Pedro Munhoz (+110)

Bantamweight

AldoMunhoz
Michael Chiesa (+115) vs.
Vicente Luque (-135)

Welterweight

LuqueChiesa
Tecia Torres (-130) vs.
Angela Hill (+110)

Women's
Strawweight

TorresTorres
Yadong Song (-110) vs.
Casey Kenney (-110)

Bantamweight

Kenney Kenney
    
UFC 265 RECORD 4-12-3
2021 RECORD 23-154-6
2021 PERCENTAGE .605.400
2020 RECORD N/AN/A
2020 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
2019 RECORD N/AN/A
2019 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
ALL-TIME 23-154-6
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .605.400

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 on 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 The MMA Mashup, DFS Baseball, 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. 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.

Cole Shelton: Cole Shelton is a full-time sports writer focusing on MMA. His work has appeared on BJPenn.com, CBC Sports, Sports Betting Dime and Blue Jays Nation. He currently pens the MMA Best Bets column on RotoWire. Follow him on Twitter at @ColeShelton91.

Drake Burden: Drake is a proven DFS winner with multiple four-figure paydays under his belt. He took an interest to writing MMA during the pandemic and is active in various Discords and other social media communities. Follow him on Twitter at @DBurdz.

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Jake Letarski
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