RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 219
RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 219

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

After officially landing the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship with a win over Tonya Evinger in July, Cris Cyborg will make her first title defense in what could be the most action-packed women's MMA fight of the year. Standing across from her in the Octagon will be Holly Holm, who is no stranger to being the underdog, or defying the odds under the brightest lights. See if the RotoWire MMA Staff is giving Holm a chance as they pick the pay-per-view portion of Saturday's card.

Note: The originally-scheduled bantamweight matchup between Jimmie Rivera and John Lineker was scrapped after Lineker had to withdraw due to a tooth infection. UFC 219 will proceed with 10 scheduled fights.

If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's UFC 219 preview.

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS JON EVAN JAKE
Cris Cyborg (-370) vs.
Holly Holm (+330)
Women's Featherweight
Championship
CyborgCyborgCyborg
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-280) vs.
Edson Barboza (+240)
LightweightKhabibKhabibKhabib
Cynthia Calvillo (-245) vs.
Carla Esparza (+205)
Women's StrawweightEsparzaEsparzaCalvillo
Carlos Condit (-160) vs.
Neil Magny (+140)
WelterweightConditConditCondit
RECORD 3-1 3-1 2-2
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 58-38 53-43 61-35
PERCENTAGE .604 .552 .635
 
MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS RICHARD CHRIS
Cris Cyborg (-370) vs.
Holly Holm (+330)
Women's Featherweight
Championship
CyborgCyborg
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-280) vs.
Edson Barboza (+240)
LightweightBarbozaBarboza
Cynthia Calvillo (-245) vs.
Carla Esparza (+205)
Women's StrawweightEsparzaEsparza
Carlos Condit (-160) vs.
Neil Magny (+140)
WelterweightConditCondit
RECORD 2-2 2-2
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 41-26 19-17
PERCENTAGE .612 .528

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 and RotoWire DFS Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeSki52.
Richard Mann: 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.
Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire for DFS Baseball, as well as MMA fight recaps. Follow him on Twitter at @RealChrisOlson.

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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.
Christopher Olson
Christopher Olson writes DFS articles and blogs for a variety of sports including MLB, NFL and MMA. Follow him on Twitter @RealChrisOlson
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