RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 266

RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 266

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

Two title fights headline UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas, including a long-anticipated matchup between head coaches on Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter.

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 our 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 MMA 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
Alexander Volkanovski (-175) vs.
Brian Ortega (+155)

Featherweight
Championship

 VolkanovskiVolkanovski Volkanovski
Valentina Shevchenko (-1500) vs.
Lauren Murphy (+850)

Women's
Flyweight
Championship

Shevchenko Shevchenko Shevchenko
Nick Diaz (-110) vs.
Robbie Lawler (-110)

Welterweight

 DiazDiazDiaz
Curtis Blaydes (-310) vs.
Jair Rozenstruik (+245)

Heavyweight

BlaydesBlaydes Blaydes
Jessica Andrade (-275) vs.
Cynthia Calvillo (+220)

Women's
Flyweight

AndradeAndradeAndrade
     
UFC 266 RECORD 4-14-14-1
2021 RECORD 26-2132-1527-20
2021 PERCENTAGE .553.681.574
2020 RECORD 36-1834-2028-26
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.630.519
2019 RECORD 39-1935-2332-26
2019 PERCENTAGE .672.603.552
ALL-TIME  196-120199-117 163-120
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .620.630.576

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

JOE

"SUNTZU"

SHAUN 
"TheDFSniper"

Alexander Volkanovski (-175) vs.
Brian Ortega (+155)

Featherweight
Championship

 Volkanovski Ortega
Valentina Shevchenko (-1500) vs.
Lauren Murphy (+850)

Women's
Flyweight
Championship

 Shevchenko Shevchenko
Nick Diaz (-110) vs.
Robbie Lawler (-110)

Welterweight

Diaz Lawler
Curtis Blaydes (-310) vs.
Jair Rozenstruik (+245)

Heavyweight

Blaydes Rozenstruik
Jessica Andrade (-275) vs.
Cynthia Calvillo (+220)

Women's
Flyweight

Calvillo Andrade
    
UFC 266 RECORD 3-23-2
2021 RECORD 26-2127-20
2021 PERCENTAGE .553.574
2020 RECORD 36-1838-16
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.704
2019 RECORD 34-2434-24
2019 PERCENTAGE .586.586
ALL-TIME 123-82129-76
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .600.629

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

COLE     

DRAKE

Alexander Volkanovski (-175) vs.
Brian Ortega (+155)

Featherweight
Championship

 Volkanovski Volkanovski
Valentina Shevchenko (-1500) vs.
Lauren Murphy (+850)

Women's
Flyweight
Championship

 Shevchenko Shevchenko
Nick Diaz (-110) vs.
Robbie Lawler (-110)

Welterweight

LawlerDiaz
Curtis Blaydes (-310) vs.
Jair Rozenstruik (+245)

Heavyweight

BlaydesRozenstruik
Jessica Andrade (-275) vs.
Cynthia Calvillo (+220)

Women's
Flyweight

AndradeAndrade
    
UFC 266 RECORD 5-04-1
2021 RECORD 28-158-7
2021 PERCENTAGE .651.533
2020 RECORD N/AN/A
2020 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
2019 RECORD N/AN/A
2019 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
ALL-TIME 28-158-7
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .661.533

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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