UFC Fight Night 108: Fighter Rankings

A week after an awesome UFC on FOX 24 card, the UFC is back this weekend with UFC Fight Night 108, which takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a pretty fun television card overall featuring a number of exciting fights, and while it lacks superstar name value, it’s still likely going to be a solid night of scraps.

Here are the top-10 fighters at UFC Fight Night 108 to put on your DraftKings team this weekend.

1. Cub Swanson ($9,800)

In the main event of the evening, Swanson takes on Artem Lobov. This is a really weird matchup because Swanson is a top-five featherweight while Lobov isn’t ranked at all. Swanson is coming off of a decision win over Doo Ho Choi in their 2016 Fight of the Year at UFC 206 in Toronto and has so much momentum right now with three straight wins overall. Swanson has fought elite competition and while he may not win the belt, he’s clearly elite at 145. Lobov, not so much. To his credit, Lobov is 2-2 in the UFC and is currently on a two-fight win streak, but he doesn’t belong in this main event fight. Look for Swanson to dominate Lobov on the feet and on the ground and since this is a five-round fight, I predict Swanson wins via TKO at some point. Take Swanson to anchor your squad.


2. Al Iaquinta ($9,200)

In the co-main event, Iaquinta fights Diego Sanchez in what could be “Fight of the Night.” Iaquinta, who briefly retired to make a run in real estate, hasn’t fought in two years but overall is 7-2 in the UFC, and he’s currently on a four-fight win streak including a notable (and controversial) split decision win over Jorge Masvidal in his last fight. Iaquinta is a beast on the feet and matches up well with the long-time UFC veteran Sanchez, who eats way too many punches these days. Sanchez is one of the most durable fighters in the sport but this is a bad matchup for him. Look for Iaquinta to mix his speed and power to outstrike Sanchez on the feet and eventually knock him out.


3. Bryan Barberena ($9,100)

Barberena fights Joe Proctor on the prelims and this is a fight where I really like Barberena. Barberena is only 3-2 in the UFC but he’s fought a pretty high level of competition and even in his losses, he was tough enough to survive to the final bell. As for Proctor, he’s 4-3 in the UFC, but he barely fights anymore and has been getting finished as of late. Look for Barberena to dominate Proctor in this fight and finish him via TKO or submission.


4. Scott Holtzman ($9,300)

Holtzman has been somewhat disappointing in the UFC so far with a 2-2 record against mediocre competition, but his opponent, Michael McBride, has had only one fight in the UFC where he got destroyed by Nik Lentz. I’m not convinced McBride is a UFC-caliber fighter while Holtzman has proven he can hang. I look for Holtzman to have a good performance here and either grind out a decision or possibly earn a stoppage.


5. John Dodson ($9,400)

Dodson is coming off of a close split decision loss to John Lineker, but overall he’s an impressive 7-3 in the UFC with five knockouts, including a notable TKO win over TJ Dillashaw. He’s extremely fast, has good wrestling, and possesses massive punching power making him a dangerous opponent for anyone. As for Wineland, he’s 5-5 in the UFC with four knockout wins. He’s won his last two fights, but before that had lost three of four fights. Wineland is a solid veteran, but Dodson will have a major speed advantage and he has the better chin. Look for Dodson to outstrike Wineland and either win a decision or knock him out.


6. Jake Ellenberger ($7,800)

Two power-punching welterweights go at it as Ellenberger fights Mike Perry. Ellenberger is a perennial top-15 fighter at 170 lbs., but he’s just 1-3 over his last four fights and is clinging to his roster spot with losses in six of his last eight bouts. His chin is questionable at this point, but he has massive punching power. Perry, on the other hand, is 2-1 in the UFC and most recently lost a decision to Alan Jouban. He has a lot of knockout power in his hands but like Ellenberger, his chin is also a bit questionable. In a fight between two guys with powerful fists and shaky chins, I’m leaning towards the veteran Ellenberger winning the fight due to UFC experience via either TKO or decision.


7. Brandon Moreno ($7,600)

A fun flyweight bout pits Moreno against Dustin Ortiz. Moreno was an Ultimate Fighter competitor and since moving up to the UFC he’s 2-0 with notable wins over Louis Smolka and Ryan Benoit. Moreno is only 23 and looks like he’s a very solid prospect and possibly a future contender at 125. Ortiz is 5-4 overall in the UFC and is coming off a win over Zach Makovsky. Ortiz has proven to be a solid gatekeeper but I think Moreno is the more dangerous fighter in this fight and I’m picking him to win via decision or maybe a submission.


8. Alexis Davis ($8,900)

A women’s bantamweight bout sees former title challenger Alexis Davis taking on UFC newcomer Cindy Dandois. Davis is 4-2 overall in the UFC and is coming off of a submission loss to Sara McMann, while Dandois is making her UFC debut following a three-fight win streak in Invicta. Although Dandois has been on a roll, I like Davis in this fight as she is more experienced in the octagon and has fought a much higher level of competition, and I favor her to pick up a submission win.


9. Ovince Saint-Preux ($8,700)

In an interesting light heavyweight fight, Saint-Preux fights Marcos Rogerio De Lima. Saint-Preux, who is 7-5 in the UFC, is ranked in the top-10, so this is a huge opportunity for De Lima, who is 4-2 in the UFC, to move into the rankings. While technically OSP has lost three straight fights, just remember the split decision loss to Volkan Oezdemir was controversial and his other losses were to Jon Jones, the GOAT, and Jimi Manuwa, who is really good. I don’t like OSP’s chin but if he survives De Lima in the first round he should be able to cruise. I’m going to predict OSP doesn’t get knocked out early and comes back to win the fight late via submission.


10. Joe Lauzon ($7,400)

One of the underdogs I’m looking at for an upset is Lauzon, who fights Stevie Ray. Lauzon is a long-time UFC veteran who is 14-9 in the octagon with 12 of those wins coming by stoppage. Ray is a pretty good fighter and this is a pretty close fight on paper but at these odds why not take a shot on Lauzon to pull off the upset, especially since if he does so it will likely be by stoppage?

 


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