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DraftKings MMA: UFC Oklahoma City Preview
DraftKings MMA: UFC Oklahoma City Preview

UFC Oklahoma City features two up-and-coming lightweights looking to break into the title conversation, along with several well-known names looking to reestablish themselves. Jon Litterine has the DraftKings fantasy breakdown.

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Fedor Emelianenko    Bellator    Heavyweight
Emelianenko (-105) is a slight underdog for his heavyweight fight against Matt Mitrione at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite winning his last five fights, Emelianenko hasn't been up to snuff when it comes to quality competition, as his Strikeforce days ended with three consecutive losses to foes that went on to compete in the UFC. His last fight -- although he got a highly-disputed majority decision over Fabio Maldonado -- was far from impressive. At 40 years old, Fedor appears to be past his prime, though his long-standing reputation in the sport still allows him to headline cards such as this. "The Last Emperor" is 36-4, 1NC (23-3 UFC) with 17 submissions and 11 KO/TKOs in his career.
Matt Mitrione    Bellator    Heavyweight
Mitrione (-125) is a lean favorite for his heavyweight bout against Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

Fantasy Analysis

Mitrione may be getting closer to 40, but he's still taking down UFC-caliber opponents and is 2-0 since jumping ship to Bellator. He has knocked out his last two opponents prior to the second bell and will be looking to do the same to Fedor. Over his career, "Meathead" has 10 KO/TKOs with an 11-5 record (9-5 UFC). An argument could be made that he should be a larger favorite than he is, as Fedor hasn't seen the same level of competition of late, and looked horrendous in his last bout against Fabio Maldonado in Russia.
Wanderlei Silva    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Silva (+125) is an underdog for his light heavyweight fight against Chael Sonnen at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

Fantasy Analysis

Since getting ushered out of the UFC and suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission, Silva has taken his talents overseas to compete under the Rizin banner. His last fight in a major promotion was in March of 2013, when he defeated Brian Stann (KO-punches) in the second round. Silva may have some trouble stopping Sonnen's takedowns, but the striking force that won "The Axe Murderer" 25 KO/TKOs in his career could save him. It remains to be seen how much of that power is left at age 40.
Chael Sonnen    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Sonnen (-145) is a favorite for his light heavyweight bout against Wanderlei Silva at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

Fantasy Analysis

Though each fighter is a few shades past their prime, they're both still swinging. Sonnen came out of retirement to face Tito Ortiz and only lasted until 2:03 of Round 1 when a rear-naked choke was clamped on. "The American Gangster" will now look to rebound against a fellow MMA veteran that is 40 years old as well, and although he's the favorite, he could be looking at another retirement if he fails to cash in a quality performance. Sonnen would be best suited to fall back on his wrestling, as he completed 3.8 takedowns per 15 minutes while with the UFC prior to stepping away in 2013. His career is a bit tainted by alleged involvement with PEDs, but a late run with Bellator could help his legacy appear more favorably in the eyes of fight fans.
Phil Davis    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Davis (-125) is a slight favorite for his light heavyweight championship fight against Ryan Bader at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

Fantasy Analysis

These fighters are very evenly matched with similar striking and grappling statistics. This was true when they met back in 2015 and is true today. Back then, Davis suffered a close split decision loss to Bader. On that note, he will be looking to even the score. "Mr. Wonderful" may not sport as many KO/TKO wins as Bader, but he is often said to boast superior athleticism. He has won all four of his fights since his loss to Bader and is 17-3 overall.
Ryan Bader    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Bader (+105) is a slight underdog for his light heavyweight championship fight against Phil Davis at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

Fantasy Analysis

This will be the second time Bader and Davis meet in the cage. The first go-around occurred in January 2015, where Bader took the win via split decision. The two fighters are very well matched. Historically, they have racked up similar striking and takedown figures during their respective UFC tenures. Both men are known to possess good grappling skills, but Bader is slightly better on his feet with eight KO/TKO wins to his name. He maintains a 22-5 career record.
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