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DFS considerations for Gian Villante vs. Maurice Greene

Gian Villante faces Maurice Greene at UFC Fight Night on ESPN on June 27th. We break down what to consider in setting your DFS lineups.

Opponents Gian Villante and Maurice Greene face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 26, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

A veteran of the ring plays gatekeeper to a newer fighter about the same age when Gian Villante takes on Maurice Green at UFC on ESPN 12 tonight. But is there a reason to add this fight to your DFS roster?

DraftKings DFS Values

Gian Villante: $7,600
Maurice Greene: $8,600

Greene is a -225 favorite on the money line, with Villante trailing at +175.

Villante is 17-11 career and 7-8 in the UFC. He lands 4.49 strikes per minute, but absorbs 6.43. He’s never threatened for the title and is unranked, but he won’t want to get on the mat much here either. He hasn’t stopped a fighter since Saparbek Safarov in December of 2016, though he has 10 KO’s and two submissions on his record. In the UFC he also averages just 0.45 takedowns per 15 minutes.

Greene is one year younger at 33 and is 8-4 overall, 2-2 in the UFC. His last two fights are a pair of losses; a TKO by Sergei Pavlovich, and an armbar loss to Alexey Oleynik. He does land 4.58 strikes per minute, but he’s yet to takedown an opponent in his four fights in the promotion. The Evanston, Illinois native has two knockouts and four submissions in his MMA career.

This is a find-your-form opportunity for Greene, who steps down in class if not weight against Villante. But it’s also a bad matchup for fantasy purposes as Greene, who has four submissions amongst his eight wins, is facing a fighter that’s never tapped out in his career and has an 83% takedown defense. This seems destined for either a Villante underdog knockout, or to go the distance. Betting Greene here seems bad value for the fantasy price.

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