DraftKings UFC Fight Night 117 Picks

What’s up UFC fight fans! Burchy here with my Underdog, Value, Lock & the New Risky DraftKings UFC Fight Night 117 Picks.

UFC Fight Night 117 takes place in the Saitama Super Arena Saitama, Japan this Friday night. I’ll be honest, I’m not very excited for this card even before Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had to pull out due to a lingering knee injury suffered in the beginning of his camp. The saving grace for me on this card is the co-main event in which we get to see more evolution of Claudia Gadelha as she takes on Jessica Andrade. For me, Gadelha is the only fighter who has the tools and potential to beat the champ. Her problem has always been her gas tank and until that changes, she will always be the number two fighter in the strawweight division behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Hopefully, she shows that she is not even winded if this fight with Andrade goes three rounds.

Here’s the DraftKings UFC Fight Night 117 Fight Card Salaries:

O. Saint Preux $9,500 (vs) Y. Okami $6,700

C. Gadelha $9,000 (vs) J. Andrade $7,200

D. Kim $9,100 (vs) T. Gomi $7,100

Gokhan Saki $8,600 (vs) H. da Silva $7,600

T. Ishihara $8,700 (vs) Rolando Dy $7,500

C. Rosa $8,800 (vs) M. Hirota $7,400

Alex Morono $8,500 (vs) K. Nakamura $7,700

J. Formiga $9,200 (vs) Ulka Sasaki $7,000

Chanmi Jeon $8,200 (vs) Syuri Kondo $8,000

Luke Jumeau $8,900 (vs) S. Anzai $7,300

H. Lim $8,400 (vs) Daichi Abe $7,800


Now let’s get into this weeks DraftKings UFC Fight Night 117 Picks.


DraftKings UFC Fight Night 117 Picks

Underdog Picks

Keita Nakamura $7,700 – Nakamura has a good submission game. I think Nakamura can take down the over aggressive Morono and go for submissions. I think he has a good chance for the finish or could take down Morono enough to get a decision.

Daichi Abe $7,800 – Abe will be making his UFC debut against a taller and bigger Lim. Lim has been knocked out in his last two fights against Perry and Magny which is top level competition. I think Abe shocks everyone in his debut with a KO on Lim’s worn down chin. Expect a close fight until someone lands a big shot.

Value Picks

Syuri Kondo $8,000 – Kondo is undefeated going against a striker in Jeon who made her debut against JJ Aldrich and Aldrich showed the gaping holes that Jeon has in her game. Jeon is one of those fighters that enjoys getting hit and has zero head movement. Kondo is going to rack up points jabbing Jeon and hitting her with quick 1-2 combos. As long as she doesn’t get crazy and turn the fight into a brawl, she should be able to win this fight.


Claudia Gadelha $9,000 – Until Gadelha proves me otherwise I will always pick her as a lock over everyone except Jedrzejczyk. I view Gadelha as the 3 round champ of the division. She beat Jedrzejczyk in the first two rounds of their title fight and also their first non-title fight way back when in my opinion as well. Gadelha completely controls this fight at every turn. How long the fight lasts will depend on how game Andrade is on the night.

Risky Picks

Gokhan Saki – $8,600 – Usually I only pick fighters with a salary of $9,000 or higher in this section but I had to put Saki as my risky pick. He is a talented Kickboxing champion transitioning into MMA. Granted he is going against a striker in da Silva but da Silva also is a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu. If Saki has trouble with takedown defense or getting up off his back then this could easily turn into an upset win for da Silva.

 Jussier Formiga – $9,200 – Formiga is an experienced vet going up against a dangerous submission/scramble specialist in Sasaki. Sasaki will also have the height and reach advantage though he only seems to use it to his advantage in grappling and scramble situations. Sasaki is too dangerous for me to pick Formiga.

That wraps up my DraftKings UFC Fight Night 117 Picks.

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