RotoWire Expert Picks: UFC 282 Main Card

RotoWire Expert Picks: UFC 282 Main Card

This article is part of our UFC Picks series.

UFC 282 was originally supposed to be a Light Heavyweight Championship rematch between Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira, but a shoulder injury from Prachazka scratched the bout and led to Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev being left to duke it out for the vacant belt. Several additional fan favorites will be competing on a card that while lacking top-heavy starpower and title fights, is incredibly deep with contenders from top to bottom.

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 or our DraftKings MMA preview courtesy of Jon Litterine. We also have a MMA DFS Lineup Optimizer to try if you're looking to try out different combinations of fighters or generate multiple lineups.

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 

CLASS

JONJAKECHRIS
Jan Blachowicz (+200) vs.
Magomed Ankalaev (-240)

Light
Heavyweight
Championship

AnkalaevAnkalaevBlachowicz
Paddy Pimblett (-190) vs.
Jared Gordon (+160)

Lightweight

GordonPimblettPimblett
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-380) vs.
Alex Morono (+310)

Catchweight
(180 pounds)

MoronoMoronoMorono
Darren Till (+120) vs.
Dricus Du Plessis (-140)

Middleweight

Du PlessisTillDu Plessis
Bryce Mitchell (+130) vs.
Ilia Topuria (-150)

Featherweight

TopuriaMitchellMitchell
 

 

   
     
UFC 282 RECORD 2-31-42-3
2022 RECORD 34-2740-2125-26
2022 PERCENTAGE .557.656.490
2021 RECORD 35-2842-2137-26
2021 PERCENTAGE .556.667.586
2020 RECORD 36-1834-2028-26
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.630.519
2019 RECORD 39-1935-2332-26
2019 PERCENTAGE .672.603.552
ALL-TIME  239-154248-145 193-151
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .608.631.561

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

JOE

"SUNTZU"

SHAUN 
"TheDFSniper"

Jan Blachowicz (+200) vs.
Magomed Ankalaev (-240)

Light
Heavyweight
Championship

AnkalaevAnkalaev
Paddy Pimblett (-190) vs.
Jared Gordon (+160)

Lightweight

GordonGordon
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-380) vs.
Alex Morono (+310)

Catchweight
(180 pounds)

PonzinibbioPonzinibbio
Darren Till (+120) vs.
Dricus Du Plessis (-140)

Middleweight

Du PlessisDu Plessis
Frankie Edgar (+175) vs.
Chris Gutierrez (-205)

Featherweight

MitchellMitchell
 

 

  
    
UFC 282 RECORD 2-32-3
2022 RECORD 38-2339-22
2022 PERCENTAGE .623.639
2021 RECORD 38-2536-27
2021 PERCENTAGE .603.571
2020 RECORD 36-1838-16
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.704
2019 RECORD 34-2434-24
2019 PERCENTAGE .586.586
ALL-TIME 173-109177-105
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .613.628

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

COLE     

DRAKE

Jan Blachowicz (+200) vs.
Magomed Ankalaev (-240)

Light
Heavyweight
Championship

AnkalaevAnkalaev
Paddy Pimblett (-190) vs.
Jared Gordon (+160)

Lightweight

PimblettPimblett
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-380) vs.
Alex Morono (+310)

Catchweight
(180 pounds)

PonzinibbioMorono
Darren Till (+120) vs.
Dricus Du Plessis (-140)

Middleweight

TillDu Plessis
Bryce Mitchell (+130) vs.
Ilia Topuria (-150)

Featherweight

TopuriaTopuria
 

 

  
    
UFC 282 RECORD 3-23-2
2022 RECORD 39-2239-22
2022 PERCENTAGE .639.639
2021 RECORD 43-2117-14
2021 PERCENTAGE .672.548
2020 RECORD N/AN/A
2020 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
2019 RECORD N/AN/A
2019 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
ALL-TIME 79-4156-36
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .658.609

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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