RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 228
RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 228

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

Update (9/7): The scheduled co-main event, a women's flyweight title fight between Nicco Montano and Valentina Shevchenko, has been removed from the card after Montano was admitted to the hospital Friday morning prior to weigh-ins. We will move forward with picking four fights for the card.

UFC fans get a two-pack of title fights at Saturday's UFC 228 in Dallas, with a couple pick'ems mixed in as well. This resulted in some dissonance in the staff picks, particularly with the main event. Check out how the RotoWire MMA Staff sees the pay-per-view card playing out below.

As a reminder, these are purely picks. If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's UFC 228 preview.

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS JON EVAN JAKE
Darren Till (-140) vs.
Tyron Woodley (+120)
Welterweight
Championship
TillTillWoodley
Brandon Davis (+925) vs.
Zabit Magomedsharipov (-1400)
FeatherweightMagomedsharipovMagomedsharipovMagomedsharipov
Jessica Andrade (-420) vs.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+325)
Women's
Strawweight
AndradeAndradeAndrade
Abdul Razak Alhassan (-135) vs.
Niko Price (+115)
WelterweightPricePriceAlhassan
RECORD 2-2 2-2 4-0
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 84-53 76-61 84-53
PERCENTAGE .613 .555 .612

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS RICHARD CHRIS
Darren Till (-140) vs.
Tyron Woodley (+120)
Welterweight
Championship
WoodleyTill
Brandon Davis (+925) vs.
Zabit Magomedsharipov (-1400)
FeatherweightMagomedsharipovMagomedsharipov
Jessica Andrade (-420) vs.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+325)
Women's
Strawweight
AndradeAndrade
Abdul Razak Alhassan (-135) vs.
Niko Price (+115)
WelterweightAlhassanAlhassan
RECORD 4-0 3-1
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 64-44 41-36
PERCENTAGE .593 .532

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS Joe "SunTszu" DFSSniper
Darren Till (-140) vs.
Tyron Woodley (+120)
Welterweight
Championship
WoodleyWoodley
Brandon Davis (+925) vs.
Zabit Magomedsharipov (-1400)
FeatherweightMagomedsharipovMagomedsharipov
Jessica Andrade (-420) vs.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+325)
Women's
Strawweight
AndradeAndrade
Abdul Razak Alhassan (-135) vs.
Niko Price (+115)
WelterweightAlhassanPrice
RECORD 4-0 3-1
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 17-9 15-11
PERCENTAGE .654 .577

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 and WatchStadium contributor. Host of the RotoWire MMA Podcast and guest on the RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeSki52.
Richard Mann: Richard is a stats-based analyst that has appeared on ESPN MMA via Fightmetric. He is the primary Bellator recap writer and handles event recaps in our Fight Stat Wrap column. Follow him on Twitter at @RichardAMann.
Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire to "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," as well as DFS Baseball, and MMA fight recaps. Follow him on Twitter at @RealChrisOlson.
Joe "SunTszu": Known more commonly by his Twitter handle @SunTszu, Joe is a Hedge Fund Executive by day and high-volume DFS player by night. He is a 2x "Bracket Challenge" & "Gotham qualifier, who is currently ranked 13th in DFS MMA. You can also find him as one of the original contributors of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He is also a co-creator of the "Creating Alpha in DFS" podcast.
@theDFSniper: @theDFSniper is the host and lead instigator of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He also appears on the LoudMouth MMA podcast and contributes soccer content to DFS Army.

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