RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 208
RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 208

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

A UFC featherweight title fight without Cris Cyborg? Yes, you read that right. The promotion will return Saturday after a long layoff to offer fans a chance to witness history with the crowning of a new champion in a new division. Taking nothing away from Holly Holm or Germaine de Randamie, the winner of this fight is destined to face Cyborg one way or another. When that day arrives, the champion will enter as an underdog to one of the best female fighters of all time.

Speaking of legends, the 41-year-old Anderson Silva hasn't came away with a victory in any of his last five fights. He'll look to get back on the winning track against the No. 8-ranked Derek Brunson.

See how the RotoWire MMA Staff picks the two aforementioned fights, as well as the rest of the pay-per-view card, below.

If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's UFC 208 preview.

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS JON EVAN JAKE RICHARD
Germaine de Randamie (-125) vs.
Holly Holm (+105)
Women's
Featherweight
de Randamiede RandamieHolmde Randamie
Anderson Silva (+130) vs.
Derek Brunson (-150)
MiddleweightBrunsonSilvaSilvaSilva
Ronaldo Souza (-500) vs.
Tim Boetsch (+400)
MiddleweightSouzaSouzaSouzaSouza
Glover Teixeira (-185) vs.
Jared Cannonier (+160)
Light HeavyweightTeixeiraTeixeiraTeixeiraTeixeira
Dustin Poirier (-450) vs.
Jim Miller (+360)
LightweightPoirierPoirierPoirierPoirier
RECORD 4-1 5-0 4-1 5-0
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 34-22 29-27 35-21 19-8

THE PLAYERS

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.
Evan Dahl: Pens our bi-weekly MMA Barometer column. Follow him on Twitter at @RealEvanDahl.
Jake Letarski: MMA and NCAA Hoops Senior Editor. Sirius XM contributor. Host of the RotoWire MMA Podcast, RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeSki52.
Richard Mann: New to the RotoWire MMA staff, Richard is a stats-based analyst that has appeared on ESPN MMA via Fightmetric. He handles event recaps in our Fight Stat Wrap column, and maintains his own, data-driven MMA blog at StrikescoreMMA.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RichardAMann.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Evan Dahl
Evan Dahl is a law student who has been a die-hard MMA fan for over a decade. Outside of MMA, he roots for the Broncos, Brewers and Bucks.
Jake Letarski
RotoWire Editor for College Basketball and MMA. Frequent podcaster, plus radio and video guest. Follow Jake on Twitter at @JakeSki52.
Jon Litterine
Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead MMA Writer and MMA Editor. He has covered numerous MMA events live. He's also RW's NHL Prospect Analyst. Jon has been writing for RotoWire since 2005. He is a graduate of U Mass-Lowell.
Richard Mann
Richard is a statistical MMA analyst who regularly appears on ESPN MMA and InterMatWrestle.
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