MMA DFS Picks and Advice for UFC 271 – Saturday, February 12th, 2022

| February 10, 2022 7:39 am PDT

I feel a bit silly sitting down to write up my UFC 271 DFS picks. Not only was UFC 270 the last time I did this, but I literally tried to hand out my top MMA DFS picks for last week.

Half of my post was written and most of my picks ended up smashing, but they never saw the light of day because I got sick.

That’s like saying I almost won an MMA GPP that one time, but welp. I know, but it felt like a missed opportunity, and I can only hope this week’s UFC DFS picks can carry that same energy.

UFC 271 does promise to be a special night. You can target my daily fantasy MMA picks at the best UFC betting sites, or you can just build lineups at DraftKings. Whatever the case, I’ve got my top plays, a free lineup, and even some MMA bets for the weekend.

Top UFC DFS Picks for UFC 271

The first thing I do for every MMA DFS preview is highlight my three core plays for the weekend. Going into UFC 271, it is going to be next to impossible to not fall in love with the main event.

The good news? If you don’t, it might actually be okay, as this card is loaded with heavy-hitters and all sorts of upside.

Spoiler alert: I still want a hand in the final fight. See who makes the cut in my top three UFC DFS picks for UFC 271.

Israel Adesanya ($9.2k)

My favorite UFC DFS pick this week is Israel Adesanya. He returned to form by grinding out a tough Decision win over Marvin Vettori in June, and his only recent loss came against the nasty Jan Blachowicz.

Those aren’t flaws, people.

Before that, The Last Stylebender mopped the floor with Paulo Costa, and scored wins over big names like Yoel Romero, Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva, and the very guy he faces on Saturday, Robert Whittaker.

The dude has one career loss on his ledger, and it went the distance against a total brute.

Whittaker is certainly no slouch, and I’m sure he’s looking forward to a rematch against the only guy who has beaten him since 2014.

However, Israel Adesanya is the better fighter, and he offers more upside. Whittaker is a fine value, and due to the five rounds, you can entertain pairing these two together. I just have a lean towards Adesanya.

Derek Brunson ($7.6k)

I don’t always include an elite value in my core UFC DFS picks, but I will this week. There are actually several MMA DFS value plays I like for this weekend, but Brunson may take the cake.

This week, he’ll be going up against the explosive Jared Cannonier in a fight that should be viewed as a total toss-up.

That’s certainly how the top MMA betting sites view it, as Cannonier is a light -155 betting favorite.

A big reason for optimism when it comes to Brunson is he’s a KO artist (12 for his career), but he still has the ability to surprise like he did in a submission win over Darren Till last time out.

Brunson’s recent resume is staggering, too.

  • W via submission vs. Darren Till
  • W via Decision vs. Kevin Holland
  • W via TKO vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
  • W via Decision vs. Ian Heinisch

These are not accidental victories, my friends. Brunson may be long in the tooth, but he’s skilled, powerful, and seemingly on quite the mission.

Perhaps his run ends here against the violent Cannonier, but let’s face it, The Killa Gorilla has displayed a soft chin in the past, and he hasn’t been able to finish the fight in his last two bouts (1-1).

I’m willing to roll the dice with Brunson, as he offers nice value and a little bit of upside here.

Ronnie Lawrence ($9.3k)

I’ll circle back to a stud to wrap up my top three UFC DFS picks for UFC 271. That’ll be Lawrence, who made quite the impression by taking out Vince Cachero in his UFC debut last February.

Lawrence has had a bit of a layoff, but he’s a feisty fighter clearly looking to make a name for himself in a hurry.

He’ll get Leomana Martinez, and is a huge -302 favorite at BetOnline. The price is steep, but I smell a finish here, and you need some of these rock solid plays to anchor your MMA DFS lineups.

Free MMA DFS Lineup for UFC 271

  • Israel Adesanya ($9.2k)
  • Derek Brunson ($7.6k)
  • Alexander Hernandez ($7.7k)
  • Tai Tuivasa ($7.4k)
  • Bobby Green ($8.4k)
  • Ronnie Lawrence ($9.3k)

You know why I like Adesanya, Brunson, and Lawrence. I’ll close out this week’s UFC DFS lineups with the tried and true Bobby Green, the explosive Alexander Hernandez, and Tai Tuivasa.

Green’s ceiling is probably just a Decision win, but he did take out Al Iaquinta in his last fight. This isn’t a guy that goes down easily, either, so even if he loses, he’ll probably rack up some stats and last three rounds at the very worst.

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I think there is value in that kind of safety, but I wouldn’t tie up more than one spot on a guy like Green. Using more than one low ceiling option like that curbs your squad a bit too much for my liking.

Elsewhere, I’m aiming high with Hernandez, who can shrink in the moment and leave himself open to brutal finishes, but also has a mean streak of his own. I’ll take my chances given the price.

Tuivasa feels too cheap here. Bam Bam is on a roll, having taken out four heavyweights in a row. He is the rightful underdog against the even nastier Derrick Lewis, but the latter notoriously leaves himself open to a ton of damage.

There is KO potential here on both sides, but I like the idea of tempting fate and betting on Tai being the one to score the inside the distance victory.

Best Bets for UFC Vegas 271

While I love this week’s batch of UFC DFS picks, there could be more money in the betting realm.

You can always just roll with my MMA DFS plays and head to your favorite sportsbook, but I don’t mind transitioning and handing out my preferred bets.

Here are three bets I really like for UFC 271.

  • Brunson vs. Cannonier ITD (-150)
  • Green vs. Haqparast GTD (-185)
  • Tai Tuivasa via KO (+250)

You can trust in my MMA betting picks or my UFC DFS picks – or both – but I always encourage anyone who stops by to also check out what Adam Haynes has pieced together.

He previewed the entire UFC 271 card, and he knows more about mixed martial arts than myself. Be sure to check out his picks and predictions before finalizing your bets.

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Noah Davis
Noah Davis

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