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    UFC 270 Staff Picks – MMA Sucka


    Only two events into 2022 and we have our first pay-per-view of the year for MMASucka staff picks.

    UFC 270 will kick off in just a few short hours tonight, January 21 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This marks the promotion’s return to The Golden State for the first time since August of 2019 where Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic had met for the second time. The main card will begin live at a start time of 10:00pm ET (7:00pm PT) with the pay-per-view available for purchase to those with an ESPN+ subscription.

    Bellator sees its return for our MMASucka staff picks with Bellator 274: Bader vs. Moldavsky next weekend.

    Live results from all of UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane can be found here at MMASucka.

    The Fights

    Two highly-anticipated title fights will end the night of fights from Anaheim, the main event seeing Francis Ngannou looking to defend his heavyweight title against challenger Ciryl Gane.

    Ngannou took the divisional championship with his rematch victory of Stipe Miocic in March of last year with a vicious second-round stoppage. The win stretched his current streak to five in-a-row by knockout as the powerful Cameroonian still retains a 100% finishing rate. Ngannou’s opponent, Gane, brings a more technical approach to his game having remained undefeated in his ten professional fights. The fast-rising MMA Factory star took the interim title last August with his third-round knockout over Derrick Lewis.

    A trilogy will be settled for the UFC flyweight championship between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo. The two first met in December of 2020, and yet despite fighting to a draw, the fight caught eyes all across the world in what was arguably the greatest 125-pound fight in MMA history. Moreno scored the victory in their rematch last June with a rear-naked choke in the third round, Figueredo’s run as champion with two prior title defenses coming to a halt. Who will rise in what may be their final octagon meeting?

    Due to a late main card fight cancellation between Rodolfo Vieira and Wellington Turman, only four fights will be counted for our UFC 270 staff picks. Find those for tonight’s pay-per-view further below.

    Staff Picks

    Staff picks in 2022 will follow the same set of rules from the 2021 season. Throughout the calendar year, staff picks will be composed of main card fights from both UFC and Bellator events. Main card fights and selected preliminary fights will be selected for PFL MMA. Dana White’s Contender Series will be composed of the entire fight card.

    Bellator’s first event will take place Saturday, January 29. Dates for the return of both PFL MMA and Dana White’s Contender Series in 2022 are soon-to-be announced.

    The WINNER of staff picks in 2022 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or a chain from Championship Chains. A winner is determined simply by the individual correctly picking the most victorious fighters at the year’s end. Nate Freeman secured his first victory with MMASucka in 2021 with a compiled record 243-136.

    See our UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane staff picks below.


    Staff Records after UFC Vegas 46:

    1. Frazer Krohn: 4-1
    2T. Ash Camyab: 3-2
    2T. Andrew Benjamin: 3-2
    2T. Brandon Joint: 3-2
    5T. Jeremy Brand: 2-3
    5T. Wesley Riddle: 2-3
    5T. Michael DeSantis: 2-3
    5T. Mike Lynch: 2-3
    5T. Nate Freeman: 2-3
    5T. Coby Weinsier: 2-3
    5T. William Dong: 2-3
    5T. Chinyere Okafor: 2-3
    5T. Julio Monteros Jr.: 2-3
    14T. Chris Presnell: 1-4
    14T. Jacek Okninski: 1-4

    *Note – not all staff pick for every event*


    Cody Stamann (19-4-1), +165
    vs.
    Said Nurmagomedov (14-2), -195

    Bantamweight Division, 135 lbs.

    Jeremy Brand: Nurmagomedov via Unanimous Decision
    Wesley Riddle: Stamann via Split Decision
    Michael DeSantis: Stamann via Unanimous Decision
    Ash Camyab: Stamann via Unanimous Decision
    Andrew Benjamin: Stamann via Unanimous Decision
    Frazer Krohn: Stamann via Unanimous Decision
    Mike Lynch: Nurmagomedov via Round 2 TKO
    Nate Freeman: Stamann via Split Decision
    Tim Wheaton: Nurmagomedov via Unanimous Decision
    Chris Presnell: Stamann via Unanimous Decision
    Coby Weinsier: Nurmagomedov via Unanimous Decision
    Brandon Joint: Nurmagomedov via Split Decision
    Jacek Okninski: Nurmagomedov via Round 2 TKO
    William Dong: Nurmagomedov via Unanimous Decision
    Chinyere Okafor: Nurmagomedov via Unanimous Decision
    Julio Monteros Jr.: Nurmagomedov via Unanimous Decision

    Staff picking Stamann: 7
    Staff picking Nurmagomedov: 9


    Michel Pereira (26-11, 2 NC), -280
    vs.
    Andre Fialho (14-3, 1 NC), +225

    Welterweight Division, 170 lbs.

    Jeremy Brand: Pereira via Unanimous Decision
    Wesley Riddle: Pereira via Round 1 TKO
    Michael DeSantis: Pereira via Round 2 TKO
    Ash Camyab: Pereira via Unanimous Decision
    Andrew Benjamin: Pereira via Round 2 TKO
    Frazer Krohn: Pereira via Round 1 TKO
    Mike Lynch: Pereira via Round 3 TKO
    Nate Freeman: Pereira via Split Decision
    Tim Wheaton: Fialho via Split Decision
    Chris Presnell: Pereira via Unanimous Decision
    Coby Weinsier: Pereira via Round 2 TKO
    Brandon Joint: Pereira via Unanimous Decision
    Jacek Okninski: Pereira via Unanimous Decision
    William Dong: Pereira via Round 2 TKO
    Chinyere Okafor: Fialho via Split Decision
    Julio Monteros Jr.: Pereira via Unanimous Decision

    Staff picking Pereira: 14
    Staff picking Fialho: 2


    Brandon Moreno (19-5-2), -180
    vs.
    Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1), +155

    Flyweight Divisional Championship, 125 lbs.

    Jeremy Brand: Moreno via Round 3 SUB
    Wesley Riddle: Moreno via Split Decision
    Michael DeSantis: Moreno via Unanimous Decision
    Ash Camyab: Figueiredo via Unanimous Decision
    Andrew Benjamin: Moreno via Unanimous Decision
    Frazer Krohn: Moreno via Unanimous Decision
    Mike Lynch: Moreno via Round 4 SUB
    Nate Freeman: Moreno via Unanimous Decision
    Tim Wheaton: Moreno via Unanimous Decision
    Chris Presnell: Moreno via Round 2 TKO
    Coby Weinsier: Figueiredo via Unanimous Decision
    Brandon Joint: Figueiredo via Unanimous Decision
    Jacek Okninski: Moreno via Unanimous Decision
    William Dong: Moreno via Unanimous Decision
    Chinyere Okafor: Moreno via Round 4 SUB
    Julio Monteros Jr.: Moreno via Round 4 SUB

    Staff picking Moreno: 13
    Staff picking Figueiredo: 3


    Francis Ngannou (16-3), +120
    vs.
    Ciryl Gane (10-0), -140

    Heavyweight Divisional Championship, 265 lbs.

    Jeremy Brand: Gane via Round 4 TKO
    Wesley Riddle: Gane via Round 2 TKO
    Michael DeSantis: Gane via Unanimous Decision
    Ash Camyab: Ngannou via Round 2 TKO
    Andrew Benjamin: Ngannou via Round 1 TKO
    Frazer Krohn: Gane via Unanimous Decision
    Mike Lynch: Gane via Round 1 TKO
    Nate Freeman: Gane via Unanimous Decision
    Tim Wheaton: Gane via Unanimous Decision
    Chris Presnell: Gane via Unanimous Decision
    Coby Weinsier: Ngannou via Round 2 TKO
    Brandon Joint: Ngannou via Round 2 TKO
    Jacek Okninski: Gane via Round 1 TKO
    William Dong: Gane via Round 4 TKO
    Chinyere Okafor: Ngannou via Round 2 TKO
    Julio Monteros Jr.: Ngannou via Round 3 TKO

    Staff picking Ngannou: 6
    Staff picking Gane: 10

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