Daily Fantasy players will have live MMA action on Saturday when UFC 249 takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. There will be no fans in attendance, but a loaded UFC 249 fight card ensures that those watching from home will be thoroughly entertained. There's also plenty on the line in UFC DFS tournaments, cash games and 50-50s. DraftKings is running an MMA Million tournament with a $1 million prize pool, while FanDuel is holding a $300K UFC Octagon.
Tony Ferguson takes on Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title at UFC 249, while Henry Cejudo defends his bantamweight championship against Dominick Cruz. With so much talent, finalizing your UFC 249 DFS strategy could be a serious challenge. Before you make your UFC DFS picks, check out the optimal UFC 249 DFS strategy from SportsLine's resident daily Fantasy sports millionaire, Mike McClure.
McClure is a predictive data engineer and DFS pro with almost $2 million in career winnings. He's crushed his DFS selections recently, producing tournament rosters that have cashed huge in multiple sports over the past few years.
In March at UFC Fight Night 170, McClure was all over Renato Moicano as one of his top picks. The result: Moicano scored a first-round submission over Damir Hadzovic, and anybody who followed McClure's advice was well on their way to a memorable day.
Now, McClure has set his sights on UFC 249 and locked in his top UFC daily fantasy picks. You can only see them here.
Top UFC 249 DFS predictions
For UFC 249, McClure is high on Jeremy Stephens at $7,300 on DraftKings and $14 on FanDuel as he takes on Calvin Kattar in a bout between two top-10 featherweights. Kattar is the more expensive fighter at $8,900 on DraftKings and $18 on FanDuel, but Stephens (28-17) is ranked No. 7 in the division, while Kattar (20-4) is No. 9.
That's because Stephens is one of the most experienced UFC fighters in the world right now, with 32 career UFC bouts to his name. He's taken on some of the sport's biggest stars like Jose Aldo, Gilbert Melendez, Frankie Edgar, Max Holloway and Donald Cerrone, to name a few. Stephens has been involved in the Fight of the Night six times in his career and is the more aggressive grappler (1.18 takedowns per 15 minutes to 0.47). Even if he loses his fight, he has the potential to rack up daily Fantasy points in what should be a thrilling fight.
Part of McClure's optimal UFC 249 DFS strategy includes rostering Fabricio Werdum ($9,200 on DraftKings, $21 on FanDuel). He's a legendary heavyweight with a 23-8 career record and 17 career wins by knockout or submission. Werdum faces another legendary heavyweight, Aleksei Oleinik (58-13-1), and both fighters are well-known for their submission abilities.
However, Werdum has a considerable advantage when standing, as he lands 4.74 significant strikes per minute to Oleinik's 3.06. The Russian hasn't won a match via strikes since 2014 and has been knocked out in the first round twice in his last three matches, so bet on Werdum's power to come through.
How to make UFC DFS picks
McClure is also targeting a value fighter who is a must-roster because his fight is a huge mismatch. This pick could be the difference between cashing huge in MMA DFS or going home with nothing. You can see all of McClure's MMA DFS picks and advice here.
So what are the optimal DraftKings and FanDuel picks for UFC 249? And which value fighter needs to be in your lineup? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure's complete optimal picks for UFC 249, and cash in big on MMA DFS.