Strawweights on different sides of their career get in the octagon tonight when Tecia Torres squares off with Brianna Van Buren for UFC on ESPN 11. Is this a fight that should be on your DFS card?
Tecia Torres: $7,200
Brianna Van Buren: $9,000
Van Buren is a -230 favorite on the money line, with Torres coming in at +180 to pull an upset.
Van Buren is 9-2 career, winning her UFC debut against Livinha Souza last July by unanimous decision. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has five stoppages in her career (three KO’s, two submissions), and was previously in the Invicta promotion.
Torres is the underdog gatekeeper, losing her last four fights in the octagon. She’s 6-5 overall in the promotion, with her losing streak all by unanimous decision. With only one stoppage in her 10-5 career record, the Ft. Lauderdale resident and American Top Team member fires 4.04 strikes per minute.
Torres has stopped one (1) fighter in her career, but has gone the distance in her last four losses. If you’re looking for a DFS killer, that’s it. Picking her is like taking an offensive lineman at wide receiver. And she also takes value away from Van Buren, who would be the right side to play here. If the youngster Van Buren can get a stoppage, $9,000 is a fine price to pay. But that might be tough against this specific veteran opponent.