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We are back for another exciting weekend of combat sports for UFC Singapore! We have a fun 13-fight slate on DraftKings and an early start time so get your mimosas on deck this weekend. It also helps that on DraftKings we have another $100,000 to first place in the main contest.

Seung Woo Choi vs Jarno Errens
Choi, -175; Errens, +145

Seung Woo Choi is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Michael Trizano in November at UFC 281. Choi comes from a high-level kickboxing background and has legitimate knockout power on the feet. But he is very one-dimensional and has had issues defensively grappling in the past. But the glaring issue for Choi is his durability as he has been rocked multiple times and been finished in four of his six professional losses. He is an exciting fighter but simply not one that you can trust as a favorite.

His opponent, Jarno Errens is coming off a majority decision loss to William Gomis in his UFC debut last September. Errens did not face much high-level competition on the regional scene but he still seems to have a solid skillset. He has some powerful counters on the feet and has shown that he can mix in the grappling as well. Those are both things that can give a fighter like Choi issues.

I expect Choi to be the better striker on the feet, but he tends to get reckless and can be hurt. Errens is also capable of mixing in the grappling as Choi only defends at 66% in the UFC. It is a riskier pick but I think Errens has some real upside in this spot considering what we have seen from Choi lately. Errens by submission is the official pick.

JJ Aldrich vs Na Liang
Aldrich, -600; Liang, +440

JJ Aldrich is coming off a decision loss to Ariane Lipski in March. She is currently on a two-fight losing streak and is setup for a nice rebound spot this weekend. Aldrich is primarily a boxer and fights out of the southpaw stance. She is not the greatest striker but keeps a solid pace when she has an advantage and is not easy to grapple either. I have a hard time seeing her as a great spend up option on DraftKings but she is a rightful sized favorite here.

Her opponent, Na Liang is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Silvana Gomez-Juarez at UFC 275 last June. She is primarily a grappler and basically a flimsier version of Darrick Minner as she is early submission or bust in most matchups. In fact, she has only reached the third round once in her entire career. She needs to force some grappling exchanges in order to have a chance to pull of a hero submission in this fight.

I expect this fight to look similar to the Aldrich vs Gillian Robertson fight. Aldrich should be able to keep the fight standing where she will have a clear advantage. I do not know if I trust the finishing ability of Aldrich but Liang has been finished in five of her six professional losses. Aldrich by decision is the official pick.

Yasaku Kinoshita vs Billy Goff
Kinoshita, -142; Goff, +120

Yasaku Kinoshita is coming off a first-round TKO loss in his UFC debut against Adam Fugitt in February. He previously fought on Dana White’s Contender Series last season and is 6-2 with all six wins coming inside the distance. He is primarily a striker and has real power when he is able to land on the feet. The issues with Kinoshita is that his grappling was unproven on the regional scene and entirely exposed by Fugitt in his debut.

His opponent, Billy Goff is coming off a first-round TKO victory on Dana White’s Contender Series last season. Goff is a well-rounded prospect that is going to compete wherever the fight goes. He keeps a high pace on the feet mixing in the calf kicks and has legitimate power as well. He also comes from a high school wrestling background and will look to land takedowns. The main issue with Goff is that he is hittable in striking exchanges and has been hurt multiple times before coming back in fights on the regional scene.

This is a great fight to target on DraftKings as both fighters have knockout upside. But I have more interest in Goff as the underdog that is capable of exposing the holes in Kinoshita’s defensive grappling as well. Goff by TKO is the official pick.

Rolando Bedoya vs Kenan Song
Bedoya, -285; Song, +230

Rolando Bedoya is coming off a split-decision loss to Khaos Williams in his UFC debut in May. Many people thought he should have won that fight and I thought so as well but the judges gave it to Williams. Bedoya is a high-volume striker and pushes a high pace on the feet. He gets reckless at times and can be countered but overall a skilled striker and tough opponent if you’re not going to grapple him.

His opponent, Kenan Song is coming off a third-round knockout loss to Ian Garry his last time out. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak and looks to play spoiler this weekend. Song is a powerful striker and has nine knockout victories on his record and even hurt Garry in his last fight. But he is very one-dimensional as he struggles to win minutes if he does not have big moments or find the knockout. He struggles defensively and has never been able to grapple either which gives him a limited path to victory.

I expect Bedoya to be the cleaner striker on the feet and to be landing much more volume as well. He just needs to avoid getting clipped by a big shot from Song and I think he does that. Bedoya by TKO is the official pick.

Michal Oleksiejczuk vs Chidi Njokuani
Oleksiejczuk, -120; Njokuani, +100

Michal Oleksiejczuk is coming off a second-round submission loss to Caio Borralho in April. He is a high-volume boxer and fights out of the southpaw stance. He has good pressure and works the body well. Of his 18 career wins, 13 of them have come by knockout. His glaring weakness is his inability to defensively grapple and he has been submitted four times in his career.

His opponent, Chidi Njokuani is coming off a split-decision loss to Albert Duraev in March. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak and looks to rebound this weekend. He is primarily a striker as well and has legitimate knockout power with 14 of his 22 career wins coming by knockout. He struggles when guys force him to grapple similar to Oleksiejczuk. I expect this fight to play out on the feet as both fighters prefer to be striking. Njokuani will be working with a six-inch reach advantage in this matchup and it will be up to Oleksiejczuk to move forward and close distance.

Both fighters are capable of winning by knockout but I slightly lean towards to the technical boxing of Oleksiejczuk who will be the more active striker as well. Oleksiejczuk by TKO is the official pick but I will have exposure to both sides on DraftKings.

Garrett Armfield vs Toshiami Kazama
Armfield, -166; Kazama, +140

Garrett Armfield made his UFC debut against David Onama last July. Onama is a brutal matchup for anyone and Armfield took the fight on short notice as well. He was clearly outmatched there and really struggled with the athleticism and power of Onama. But Armfield has a solid well-rounded skillset as he has some power on the feet and is capable of mixing in some wrestling as well. I worry about him against better grapplers though as he has put himself in some bad spots repeatedly and been submitted twice in his career.

His opponent, Toshiami Kazama is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Rinya Nakamura in February. He previously fought on Road to UFC and eight of his 10 career wins have come inside the distance. He is low volume on the feet and does not seem to be much of a threat but he is an aggressive submission grappler. I do not think he has a great skillset but he is going to go for it and is capable of puling off some finishes against subpar opponents.

I think this fight has some sneaky upside for DraftKings as I expect to see some grappling exchanges between these two. It is clear to me that Armfield is the more skilled fighter but I am not sure I trust him even in this matchup. I will have exposure to both sides on DraftKings but the official pick is Armfield by TKO.

Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs Lukasz Brzeski
Acosta, -250; Brzeski, +205

Waldo Cortes-Acosta is coming off a decision loss to Marcos Rogerio De Lima in April. He was the better striker down the stretch and clearly had more in the tank but ultimately dropped a competitive decision as De Lima was able to use his wrestling to get the nod. Cortes-Acosta is a high-volume boxer for the Heavyweight division and is willing to fight behind his jab for 15 minutes if needed. He is one-dimensional so better grapplers can take advantage of him but if you are going to stand with him then you better be willing to throw early and often.

His opponent, Lukasz Brzeski is coming off a decision loss to Karl Williams in March. He is 0-2 in the UFC after winning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series. Brzeski is big and powerful and keeps a high pace on the feet. He previously was known to have cardio issues but his gas tank has clearly improved at the UFC level and he seems to be in better shape physically as well. Five of his eight career wins have come by knockout so he is capable of landing something heavy.

I expect this fight to be competitive but I favor the technical striking of Cortes-Acosta along with trusting him to be able to keep the pace over 15 minutes. Cortes-Acosta by decision is the official pick.

Junior Tafa vs Parker Porter
Tafa, -142; Porter, +120

Junior Tafa is coming off a decision loss to Mohammed Usman in his UFC debut in April. He previously fought for Glory kickboxing and comes from a heavy striking background. His power is his best asset as he is very explosive and all four of his career wins have come by knockout. He is still very green to MMA as he just turned professional last year and clearly still needs to work on the rest of his game. On the feet, he is going to have a speed advantage but he can be taken down and exposed in the grappling.

His opponent, Parker Porter is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Braxton Smith at UFC 288 in May. Porter is primarily a striker and keeps a high pace for the Heavyweight division. He can occasionally mix in takedowns as well but he is not aggressive in getting the fight to the ground. On the feet, he has power himself but is hittable and has been knocked out four times in his career.

I favor the striking of Tafa on the feet and do not trust Porter to be able to grapple him effectively. For that reason, I expect Tafa to get his hand raised and he likely finds the chin of Porter. Tafa by KO is the official pick.

Erin Blanchfield vs Taila Santos
Blanchfield, -148; Santos, +124

Next fight up we have an exciting matchup where the winner may just be next in line for a title shot. Erin Blanchfield is coming off a dominant performance over Jessica Andrade in February. Blanchfield is an exciting prospect in the division and has quickly climbed the ranks due to her high-level ground game. She averages nearly four takedowns per 15 minutes and holds a black belt in BJJ. But her striking has also been improving to where now she is dangerous at multiple levels.

Her opponent, Taila Santos is coming off a split-decision loss to the champ, Valentina Shevchenko. Some people would argue that Santos won that fight but regardless she gave the champion her toughest test in recent memory. Santos is very physical and she has power on the feet as well. But she is also a willing grappler and averages over two takedowns per 15 minutes.

This should be a very competitive fight and one that I have gone back and forth on multiple times. But I slightly lean towards Blanchfield as she should be the better grappler and I expect her to be more active in the striking exchanges as well. I will likely have a decent amount of exposure to both sides on DraftKings, but the official pick is Blanchfield by decision.

Rinya Nakamura vs Fernie Garcia
Nakamura, -800; Garcia, +550

Rinya Nakamura made a statement in his UFC debut with a first-round knockout victory. He is a 7-0 prospect fighting out of Japan. Five of his seven career wins have come by knockout, and he has only reached the third round once in his career. He comes from a high-level wrestling background, but he is an explosive athlete and will swing wildly on the feet but has legitimate power if he connects.

His opponent, Fernie Garcia is coming off a decision loss to Brady Hiestand in November. If you have been listening to me for a while, then you know that I have never been high on Garcia. I bet against him on Contender Series in 2021 and again in both of his UFC bouts. Garcia is primarily a boxer but has little finishing power and instinct and is low volume on the feet as well. Additionally, he struggles to defend takedowns and has been taken down in both of those fights as well.

I favor Nakamura wherever the fight goes. He is one of the biggest betting favorites on the card but for good reason. He has clear wrestling upside but is also much more powerful on the feet as well. Nakamura by TKO is the official pick and he is a strong target on DraftKings.

Giga Chikadze vs Alex Caceres
Chikadze, -250; Caceres, +205

Giga Chikadze is coming off a sizable layoff after dropping a decision to Calvin Kattar in January of 2022. That loss snapped a nine-fight winning streak for him and he got exposed in multiple areas. That being said, he is still one of the most dangerous kickboxers in the division. You need to be able to take him down and force him to grapple while taking him to deeper waters later in the fight. Because if not, he is going to hurt you on the feet and he is very sharp defensively at range so it makes it tough for his opponents to win striking exchanges against him.

His opponent, Alex Caceres is coming off a decision victory over Daniel Pineda in June. Caceres is a solid striker in his own right although he does not carry much power on his punches. But he is awkward to deal with and pretty solid defensively. He is also capable of mixing in some grappling and holds a black belt in BJJ. But he has mostly been facing lower levels of the division and this is a significant step up for him against Chikadze.

I expect Chikadze to have a clear striking advantage on the feet along with the power in his favor as well. Caceres may be able to force some grappling exchanges but I doubt he has a ton of success doing so and expect Chikadze to hurt him on the feet. Chikadze by TKO is the official pick.

Ryan Spann vs Anthony Smith
Spann, -130; Smith, +110

Ryan Spann is coming off a first-round submission loss to Nikita Krylov in March. Spann is a very dangerous finisher early in the fight. Of his 21 career wins, 18 of them have come inside the distance with the majority of those inside the first round. He has power on the feet and a sneaky submission game as well that has caught multiple opponents in the UFC. The glaring concern with Spann is his durability as he has been wobbled many times in his fights and has been knocked out three times in his career.

His opponent, Anthony Smith is coming off a decision loss to Johnny Walker in May. He is currently on a two-fight losing skid and looks to get back in the win column this Saturday. Ironically, Smith’s last win came against Spann in September of 2021 when he submitted him inside the first round. Smith has his own durability concerns though as he has been knocked out a bunch of times himself. But I still feel he is the more proven fighter in this matchup.

This is a great fight to target on DraftKings as the winner is likely to score very well. I am expecting a finish one way or the other so I will be targeting both sides of this fight heavily. The official pick is Smith by TKO.

Max Holloway vs Chan Sung Jung
Holloway, -800; Jung, +550

Max Holloway is coming off a dominant performance over Arnold Allen where he proved there are still levels to this game. Holloway is a legend of the fight game and even though he feels much older, he is still just 31 years old. He remains one of the best strikers in the division and keeps a high pace that not many people are able to keep up with. He is also very difficult to grapple which forces his opponents to stand and trade with him.

His opponent in this fight, Chan Sung Jung is coming off a 16-month layoff since he fought Alex Volkanovski at UFC 273 and lost by TKO. The Korean Zombie is known for being a big time power puncher and has a solid submission game as well. However, he has never been a high volume striker and he has been knocked out four times in his career.

Holloway is a huge favorite but it makes total sense to me. Jung is going to be at a massive volume and durability disadvantage in this fight and I do not see him overcoming it. Holloway by TKO is the official pick and he is a great play on DraftKings.