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We are back for another exciting weekend of combat sports for UFC Vegas 34 in Las Vegas. After a week off, it always feels good to get back to the action. We have a nice 12-fight card for us and a few key targets that I really like this week.

As always, I give my analysis and DraftKings strategy based on how I see each fight matchup playing out. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or in the MMA DFS Discord with any questions that you have leading up until fight night Saturday.

Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Sasha Palatnikov

Brahimaj, -135; Palatnikov, +115, DraftKings Sportsbook

Brahimaj is coming off a nasty TKO stoppage loss in his UFC debut last November. He was losing the fight but made a decent account of himself up until his ear started coming off, literally. Coming into his debut, I expected him to be aggressive in getting the fight to the ground as he comes from a wrestling background and is a No Gi world champion in grappling. However, he was perfectly content to stand and trade with Max Griffin despite losing most of those exchanges. Regardless, I still do expect the grappling to be a focus for him in this matchup as all eight of his professional victories have come by submission. His opponent, Sasha Palatnikov is coming off a submission loss to Impa Kasaganay in April. Palatnikov is a high-volume striker with good cardio. However, a clear leak in his game is his defensive grappling. His first level takedown defense is good but once he is taken down then he typically gets dominated on the ground. This is a very clear advantage for Brahimaj if he chooses to implement a grappling gameplan. Brahimaj by submission is the official pick and he is a good target this week on DraftKings. 

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