RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 269

RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 269

This article is part of our UFC Picks series.

Two title fights headline Saturday's card in Las Vegas – one of just two events remaining in 2021 before the company goes on a holiday break.

As a reminder, the following selections are purely picks. If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights, check out the MMA Mashup from Chris Olson or our DraftKings preview courtesy of Jon Litterine.

Also, don't forget to tune into Fight IQ live Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST on the RotoWire MMA Youtube Channel, where Chris, Shaun and Joe will break down the card from top to bottom, featuring a more in-depth look at the selections below.
 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 

CLASS

JONJAKECHRIS
(C) Charles Oliveira (+140) vs.
Dustin Poirier (-160)

Lightweight
Championship

PoirierPoirier Oliveira
(C) Amanda Nunes (-900) vs.
Julianna Pena (+600)

Women's
Bantamweight
Championship

NunesNunesNunes
Geoff Neal (-110) vs.
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-110)

Welterweight

PonzinibbioNealPonzinibbio
Kai Kara-France (+135) vs.
Cody Garbrandt (-155)

Flyweight

GarbrandtGarbrandtKara-France
Raulian Paiva (+245) vs.
Sean O'Malley (-310)

Bantamweight

O'MalleyO'MalleyO'Malley
     
UFC 269 RECORD 1-42-33-2
2021 RECORD 35-2842-2137-26
2021 PERCENTAGE .556.667.586
2020 RECORD 36-1834-2028-26
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.630.519
2019 RECORD 39-1935-2332-26
2019 PERCENTAGE .672.603.552
ALL-TIME  205-127209-123 168-125
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .617.630.573

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

JOE

"SUNTZU"

SHAUN 
"TheDFSniper"

(C) Charles Oliveira (+140) vs.
Dustin Poirier (-160)

Lightweight
Championship

 Poirier Poirier
(C) Amanda Nunes (-900) vs.
Julianna Pena (+600)

Women's
Bantamweight
Championship

NunesNunes
Geoff Neal (-110) vs.
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-110)

Welterweight

PonzinibbioNeal
Kai Kara-France (+135) vs.
Cody Garbrandt (-155)

Flyweight

GarbrandtGarbrandt
Raulian Paiva (+245) vs.
Sean O'Malley (-310)

Bantamweight

O'MalleyO'Malley
    
UFC 269 RECORD 1-42-3
2021 RECORD 38-2536-27
2021 PERCENTAGE .603.571
2020 RECORD 36-1838-16
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.704
2019 RECORD 34-2434-24
2019 PERCENTAGE .586.586
ALL-TIME 135-86138-83
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .611.624

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

COLE     

DRAKE

(C) Charles Oliveira (+140) vs.
Dustin Poirier (-160)

Lightweight
Championship

 Poirier Poirier
(C) Amanda Nunes (-900) vs.
Julianna Pena (+600)

Women's
Bantamweight
Championship

NunesNunes
Geoff Neal (-110) vs.
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-110)

Welterweight

NealPonzinibbio
Kai Kara-France (+135) vs.
Cody Garbrandt (-155)

Fllyweight

Kara-FranceKara-France
Raulian Paiva (+245) vs.
Sean O'Malley (-310)

Bantamweight

O'MalleyO'Malley
    
UFC 269 RECORD 3-22-3
2021 RECORD 40-1917-14
2021 PERCENTAGE .678.548
2020 RECORD N/AN/A
2020 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
2019 RECORD N/AN/A
2019 PERCENTAGE N/AN/A
ALL-TIME 40-1917-14
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .678.548

THE PICKERS

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 on the RotoWire MMA Podcast and guest on the RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @RotoJake.

Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire to "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," as well as The MMA Mashup, DFS Baseball, a MMA gambling columnist and 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. 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.

Cole Shelton: Cole Shelton is a full-time sports writer focusing on MMA. His work has appeared on BJPenn.com, CBC Sports, Sports Betting Dime and Blue Jays Nation. He currently pens the MMA Best Bets column on RotoWire. Follow him on Twitter at @ColeShelton91.

Drake Burden: Drake is a proven DFS winner with multiple four-figure paydays under his belt. He took an interest to writing MMA during the pandemic and is active in various Discords and other social media communities. Follow him on Twitter at @DBurdz.

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Jake Letarski
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