RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 212
RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 212

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Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, the featherweight belt will finally become unified when Jose Aldo and Max Holloway take the Octagon for the main event. Casual fans may remember Aldo by his knockout loss to Conor McGregor, but the rest of his career tells a different story. The McGregor loss was Aldo's lone defeat in his 17-fight UFC/WEC tenure, and he was able to quickly bounce back with a dominant victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. On the other side of the cage, the 25-year-old Holloway is putting a 10-fight winning streak on the line. Like Aldo, his last defeat came against McGregor, but all the way back in 2013. Setting the table for this 145-pound bout will be a top strawweight contender matchup between Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, as well as the possible retirement fight of Brazil native and MMA legend Vitor Belfort.

If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's UFC 212 preview.

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS JON EVAN JAKE
(C) Jose Aldo (-145) vs.
(IC) Max Holloway (+125)
FeatherweightAldoAldoAldo
Claudia Gadelha (-340) vs.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+280)
Women's StrawweightGadelhaGadelhaGadelha
Vitor Belfort (-160) vs.
Nate Marquardt (+140)
MiddleweightBelfortBelfortBelfort
Paulo Borrachinha (-275) vs.
Oluwale Bamgbose (+235)
MiddleweightBorrachinhaBorrachinhaBorrachinha
Erick Silva (+125) vs.
Yancy Medeiros (-145)
WelterweightSilvaMedeirosSilva
Rafael Assuncao (+150) vs.
Marlon Moraes (-170)
BantamweightMoraesAssuncaoAssuncao
RECORD 3-3 5-1 4-2
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 42-33 42-33 46-29
PERCENTAGE .560 .560 .613

MATCHUP WEIGHT CLASS RICHARD CHRIS JASON
(C) Jose Aldo (-145) vs.
(IC) Max Holloway (+125)
FeatherweightAldoAldoAldo
Claudia Gadelha (-340) vs.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+280)
Women's StrawweightKowalkiewiczGadelhaGadelha
Vitor Belfort (-160) vs.
Nate Marquardt (+140)
MiddleweightMarquardtBelfortBelfort
Paulo Borrachinha (-275) vs.
Oluwale Bamgbose (+235)
MiddleweightBorrachinhaBorrachinhaBorrachinha
Erick Silva (+125) vs.
Yancy Medeiros (-145)
WelterweightMedeirosMedeirosMedeiros
Rafael Assuncao (+150) vs.
Marlon Moraes (-170)
BantamweightMoraesAssuncaoMoraes
RECORD 2-4 5-1 4-2
OVERALL (since UFC 200) 29-17 10-5 9-6
PERCENTAGE .630 .667 .600

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.
Jason Rubin: Host of TYT Sports on YouTube and writer of our Handicapping The NBA column on RotoWire. Follow him on Twitter at @jasonrubin91.

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