RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 243
RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 243

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

What UFC 243 lacks in depth, it makes up for with one of the best championship fights the company can make. Undefeated interim champion Israel Adesanya has looked better and better each time he's entered the Octagon, but Robert "Bobby Knuckles" Whittaker hits like a ton of bricks and has his sights set on stomping out the prospect's hopes. The two will unify the UFC Middleweight Championship when they clash Saturday in Australia.

As a reminder, these are purely picks. If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights on DraftKings, click here for Jon Litterine's 243 Preview or tune into Fight IQ live Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST on the RotoWire Youtube Channel.
 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT CLASS

JONJAKERICHARD
Roberrt Whittaker (-105) vs.
Israel Adesanya (-115)

Middleweight

Championship

WhittakerWhittakerAdesanya

Al Iaquinta (+115) vs.

Dan Hooker (-135)

Lightweight

HookerIaquintaHooker

Tai Tuivasa  (-360) vs.

Serghei Spivac (+300)

Heavyweight

TuivasaTuivasaTuivasa

Luke Jumeau (+165) vs.

Dhiego Lima (-190)

Welterweight

JumeauLimaLima

Justin Tafa (-130) vs.

Yorgan De Castro (+110)

Heavyweight

De CastroTafaTafa
UFC 243 RECORD 2-31-43-2
2019 RECORD 31-1729-1926-22
2019 PERCENTAGE 646.604.542
ALL-TIME  126-79127-78 102-74
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .615.620.580

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT CLASS

CHRIS OLSON

JOE SUNTZU

SHAUN TheDFSniper

Roberrt Whittaker (-105) vs.

Israel Adesanya (-115)

Middleweight

Championship

WhittakerWhittakerWhittaker

Al Iaquinta (+115) vs.

Dan Hooker (-135)

Lightweight

IaquintaIaquintaHooker

Tai Tuivasa  (-360) vs.

Serghei Spivac (+300)

Heavyweight

TuivasaTuivasaTuivasa

Luke Jumeau (+165) vs.

Dhiego Lima (-190)

Welterweight

LimaJumeauLima

Justin Tafa (-130) vs.

Yorgan De Castro (+110)

Heavyweight

De CastroTafaTafa
UFC 243 RECORD 2-30-52-3
2019 RECORD 27-2128-2029-19
2019 PERCENTAGE .563.583.604
ALL-TIME 78-6755-3959-35
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .538.585.628

THE TEAM

Jon Litterine: RotoWire lead MMA beat writer and scribe for our weekly DrafKings preview. Lead analyst on the RotoWire MMA Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JonLitterine.

Jake Letarski: RotoWire.com Operations Manager, plus MMA and NCAA Hoops Senior Editor. Host of the RotoWire MMA Podcast and guest on the RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @RotoJake.

Richard Mann: Richard is a stats-based analyst that has appeared on ESPN MMA via Fightmetric. For RotoWire, he contributes as a fight recap writer and handles event recaps in our Fight Stat Wrap column. Follow him on Twitter at @RichardAMann.

Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire to "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," as well as DFS Baseball, and MMA fight recaps. Follow him on Twitter at @RealChrisOlson.

Joe "SunTszu": Known more commonly by his Twitter handle @SunTszu, Joe is a Hedge Fund Executive by day and high-volume DFS player by night. He is a 2x "Bracket Challenge" & "Gotham qualifier, who is currently ranked 4th in DFS MMA. You can also find him as one of the original contributors of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He is also a co-creator of the "Creating Alpha in DFS" podcast.

@theDFSniper: @theDFSniper is the host and lead instigator of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He also appears on the LoudMouth MMA podcast and contributes soccer content to DFS Army.

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