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DFS considerations for Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka

Volkan Oezdemir faces Jiri Prochazka in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 251 from Fight Island on July 11th. We break down what to consider in setting your DFS lineups.

Opponents Volkan Oezdemir of Switzerland and Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic face off during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

The #7-ranked light heavyweight in the UFC, Volkan Oezdemir, takes on a debutante promotion opponent Jiri Prochazka at UFC 251 from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi tonight. But should either of these fighters provide any DFS value?

DraftKings DFS Values

Volkan Oezdemir: $8,400
Jiri Prochazka: $7,800

Oezdemir is the -159 favorite on the money line, with Prochazka coming in at +129.

Oezdemir doesn’t score a lot of DFS points, but he did have a KO win over Ilir Latifi for 122 of them last August. He’s 5-3 in the UFC with three stoppages, but his losses are to really outstanding fighters like Daniel Cormier and a split decision L to Dominick Reyes.

And here’s the thing about Prochazka: It’s a lot of hype around a guy with a 26-3-1 record with 25 stoppages. But watch this “highlight” tape: Are we sure he’s good? Normally you only see that many tomato cans in a supermarket. He doesn’t appear to have fought anyone of Oezdemir’s quality, and though he is rangy, he doesn’t look particularly quick.

We’ve been wrong before, but this one is based on scouting: We’ll have Oezdemir on the money line, with an early stoppage, and on our DFS rosters. He puts this one away in a hurry. Prochazka may continue to develop, but fighters that move up in quality this fast don’t often succeed the first time through.