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Top DFS Picks for UFC Vegas 29

| June 18, 2021 5:28 am PDT

UFC 263 was amazing if you like watching MMA. It may not have been so hot if you like to bet on it, or if you play daily fantasy MMA.

My MMA DFS picks were lacking last week. Two of my locked-in favorites fell remarkably short, and you just aren’t going to recover from that.

The talent and matchups take a hit going into this weekend’s event, but the headlining act is great on paper. That’s none other than The Korean Zombie and Dan Ige, who look to duke it out over five rounds.

How you view that fight will decide what you think about this card, and it also may impact how you bet and fill out your daily fantasy MMA lineups.

For the betting side of things, check out our UFC betting picks, while I’ve got you covered with my favorite MMA DFS picks and top lineup for UFC Vegas 29.

To start things off, I’ll point you to my three core MMA DFS picks, and then go over my favorite lineup for this weekend.

The Korean Zombie ($8.2k)

Chan Sung Jung

Chan Sung Jung is a beast. He’ll catch heat for not taking out Brian Ortega in his last big bout, but he still lasted five rounds in a Decision loss.

Prior to that, he KO’s his opponent in three of his previous four fights. He has shown serious vulnerability to get knocked out himself.

That can be worrisome, but The Korean Zombie remains a monster, and this is the exact type of high upside fighter you want to roster in MMA DFS lineups.

The 34-year-old can finish fighters on the ground or standing up, and he’s facing a guy in Ige that is as tough as they come, but not really a big KO artist.

He proved me wrong by taking Gavin Tucker out in his last bout, but that was the first win by stoppage in his last five fights. If we’re talking about overall talent and upside, Jung is the play here.

It can’t hurt that in-house MMA betting expert Adam Haynes agrees with me, either. Just look at how he views this fight playing out in his The Korean Zombie vs. Dan Ige betting preview.

Serghei Spivac ($9.2k)

This is a pricey play here, but Spivac looks to be a good bet to get you a win as he prepares to take on the ageless Alexey Oleinik.

The 43-year-old legend remains a real problem if the fight gets to the ground, but he has been had quite a few times in his career, and Spivac (11 finishes in 12 wins) knows how to end fights early.

Spivac has been a mixed bag so far in his UFC career (3-2), but he was impressive with a TKO win over Jared Vanderaa in his last fight. He’s now riding a two-fight winning streak, and will look to officially be on a roll with a win over a legend.

Oleinik surprised many by outlasting Fabricio Werdrum in May of 2020, but he then came back to earth with two TKO defeats by the hands of Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus.

That followed previous KO losses to Walt Harris and Alistair Overeem. He’s still a crafty, experienced fighter, but the chin is getting weaker. The kicker for me is Spivac’s 75% takedown defense rate.

He’s probably going to be able to inflict damage here, and he’ll also keep Oleinik at bay. You’re paying for the win, but the big -225 favorite feels like a rock-solid option to back.

Casey O’Neill ($7.7k)

Casey O'Neill

The Korean Zombie feels like a high upside stud at a discounted price, and Spivac just feels (fingers crossed) like a safe play to get a win.

O’Neill is the biggest gamble in my MMA DFS picks yet, but hey, she’s a great price, and I find it difficult to forget about what she did at UFC Fight Night 185.

O’Neill lacks experience, but she’s yet to lose, and she’s shown that the fight can be hers when she takes it to the ground. More than that, she took all Shana Dobson could throw at her, which displayed her toughness as well.

I don’t think her matchup with Lara Procopio will be easy, but she does have a size and reach advantage here. The toughness she showed in her UFC debut was also really encouraging, and if this fight can get to the ground, I think she can score the win.

Top MMA DFS Lineup for UFC Vegas 29

  • The Korena Zombie ($8.2k)
  • Serghei Spivac ($9.2k)
  • Casey O’Neill ($7.7k)
  • Matthew Semelsberger ($7.3k)
  • Bruno Silva ($8.8k)
  • Virna Jandiroba ($8.4k)

I don’t think anyone will be too shocked to see The Korean Zombie in this week’s MMA DFS picks. He’s an explosive fighter, and he’s the more dangerous fighter in his bout.

Spivac is a worthy spend, as well, and I think O’Neill has what it takes (at a solid price) to get another win.

Elsewhere, I’m a big fan of Matthew Semelsberger. He is such an explosive striker, and he reminded everyone of that with a quick KO of Jason Witt in his most recent fight.

He has a challenge ahead of him in an equally explosive Khaos Williams, but I think he has the ability to match him. At this price, he’s one of my favorite punts, as long as you’re willing to take on some risk.

Taking some mild dives for the likes of O’Neill and Semelsberger allows us to pay up for two potential studs in Bruno Silva and Virna Jandiroba.

Bruno Silva

Jandiroba is going to make her living on the ground (13 career submissions!), and I think she has the experience and skill-set edge in her battle with Kanako Murata.

Silva is the one that really jumps out at you, though. He’s making his UFC debut after going 19-6 with 16 KOs. He’s actually in a dicey spot against a versatile fighter in Wellington Turman, especially when you consider five of his defeats have come via submission.

He is also coming off a long layoff, but he is surely chomping at the bit after dealing with a suspension.

That said, this dude is a beast, and he is going to be ready to brawl. Turman absolutely has the edge on the ground, but he must withstand Silva’s strength and power on the feet first.

I do fear Turman’s experience and skills on the ground, but Silva is going to be out to prove people wrong here, and his striking is as legit as it gets. I’ll aim high here and back him for a KO win.

UFC Vegas 29 Betting Advice

UFC Fight Night Graphic

This is honestly an underrated fight card. UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige plays as a strong card from top to bottom, and the main event is appealing.

I am showing up for The Korean Zombie for sure, and I think there should be a lot of betting interest here. If you’re looking at my MMA DFS picks, you can transition that upside into the betting sphere.

More specifically, I love The Korean Zombie in a virtual pick’em (-110), while Spivac feels like a rock-solid favorite. If you want a bit more upside with your bets on Saturday, Semelsberger (+134) looks like a fine try at BetOnline.

Casey O’Neill is another fine try (+126) if you want a sleeper to roll with.

Usually, I seek out MMA upset picks, but this time around, it just didn’t play out that way. Jandiroba and Bruno Silva are two favorites I am all-in with, while my MMA DFS picks only include two true underdogs, overall.

Of course, keep in mind that my MMA DFS picks aren’t betting focused. I want upside and points with my fighters, and if I can get it, I’d like an early stoppage.

More than anything, you do need to make the salaries work for you, and at the end of the day, wins matter most.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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