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UFC Fight Night 109 Stockholm DraftKings Lineup

Get ready for a Sunday Funday of face-punch fight freaks! The UFC returns to Stockholm, Sweden with what feels like a football Sunday vibe. The fighter prices are out on DraftKings and the combinations are endless. This could be a good opportunity to win big because the UFC Fight Night 109 card features many lesser-known foreign fighters. I will be putting out a lineup that features finishers while taking some flyers on lesser known guys that have the opportunity to surprise.

1. Alexander Gustafsson $9,200

“The Mauler” looks ready to put on a strong showing in front of his hometown fans, and newborn son. Gustafsson looked strong in a tune-up fight against Jan Blachowicz last September. A complete fighter, he mixed strikes with takedowns and advances and racked up 81 DraftKings fantasy points on his way to a decision victory. I suspect the same game plan will show itself against Glover Teixeira on Sunday. The only difference in this fight is Alex has five rounds to work with instead of three. The added two rounds should help him get over the century mark in fantasy points. Teixeira just seems to be getting a little old and a chinny. He has been visibly hurt in his last three fights. Sweden’s own walks away with either a decision win or a stoppage in rounds four or five.

2. Misha Cirkunov $9,300

Misha has finished his last four fights, eclipsing the 100-point mark all but once. His opponent, Volkan Oezdemir, beat OSP which sent him crashing into the light heavyweight top five. A good win but I don’t think he is going to have an answer for the wrestling and ground game of Cirkunov. Volkan is good moving forward and stuffing takedowns against the cage but Misha should be able to squash Volkan in this contest. My pick comes off of what Misha has done in the past to UFC opponents. He has more experience against UFC competition and his history of finishes speak for themselves. We haven’t seen much of Volkan on his back and I predict he will spend a lot of time in that position against Cirkunov. Misha blitzes inside the pocket with strikes, lands a takedown, establishes top position, and pounds Volkan until the judge steps in.

3. Marcin Held $9,600

There are a few reasons why I am picking Held here. First, he is 0-2 in the UFC and I believe the UFC still has hopes for the young Pole to show them something encouraging. He lost a close split decision to veteran Joe Lauzon in his last fight. Second, he will be facing a considerable drop in competition going against Hadzovic. Held should be able to implement his ground game and leg lock techniques in route to a first round stoppage of Damir Hadzovic. The reason for this play is more DraftKings strategy than anything. Held is the most expensive player at $9,600. He is 0-2 in the UFC, this should keep most DraftKings fantasy players away from him. Low ownership means if he does what I think he can, Marcin Held will separate a lineup from most of the field in tournament play.

4. Damian Stasiak $6,700

This Polish fighter is one of the cheapest fighters on DraftKings. He is also the underdog against Pedro Munhoz, who didn’t look all that good in his last two fights until a late guillotine bailed him out both times. Stasiak is a strong play because he has great BJJ and fluid striking to go with it. He is comfortable anywhere in the octagon and has shown that going 2-0 in his last two fights. Two submission finishes makes me think he will know how to defend against the tremendous guillotine of Munhoz. Stasiak’s low price and decent upside allows me to afford the more expensive fighters who have greater odds of getting the early finish.

5. Trevor Smith $7,300

“Hot Sauce” isn’t an exciting fighter, he isn’t going to knock his opponent out in the first round. That said, he can still manage a 100-point performance if he sticks to his game. Chris Camozzi might be just the guy he implements his takedown and top position heavy game against. Camozzi’s takedown defense just isn’t that good. He is, however, good in the clinch and against the cage. Smith should be able to game plan to keep Camozzi on his back in the middle of the cage. Both fighters are coming over from America so both will have to deal with the travel and time change. A close fight for sure, I am not confident in Smith to get a finish. I am confident he can out grind Camozzi, take him down, and keep him there for a majority of the fight.

6. Peter Sobotta $7,800

The third Polish fighter picked for my lineup. I swear I am not partial to Polish fighters I just think the may have a good showing in Sweden on Sunday. Peter is another kickboxing BJJ black belt looking to get back to his winning ways. He will be fighting American Ben Saunders who is also a BJJ black belt. This is another strategy pick; Saunders is coming from America so he will have to recover from the travel and adjust to the time difference. I believe Sobotta has more fluid striking than Saunders. Saunders looks at home when he dictates the pace and can keep opponents on the end of his strikes. He usually falters under strong pressure from fighters like Patrick Cote who knocked him out two fights ago. If Sabotta can replicate Cote’s gameplan, which he has the skills to do, I think he can finish this fight. A late second round or third round stoppage is possible if he can keep the pressure on Saunders and break his will.

 

Good luck fight freaks, as always I play multiple lineups on DraftKings and urge you to experiment with your own combinations. Good luck and happy hunting. Sunday football is still months away but this Sunday fight card should be a real treat.

Chris Grabowski

Chris Grabowski

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Former Division 1 athlete turned combat sports enthusiast. Combat sports can be described as human problem solving with dire physical consequences.
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