MMASucka’s UFC 224 staff picks

UFC 224 staff picks
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MAY 11: Opponents Amanda Nunes (L) of Brazil and Raquel Pennington of the United States face off during the UFC 224 weigh-in at Jeunesse Arena on May 11, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Main card staff picks are in.

UFC 224 goes down tonight with a solid pay-per-view lineup from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the main event, current champion Amanda Nunes looks to defend her bantamweight title against long-time UFC veteran Raquel Pennington. Nunes is coming off a split decision victory last September over now-flyweight competitor Valentina Shevchenko. This will be Pennington’s first fight in well over a year since defeating Miesha Tate at the historic UFC 205 card.

The co-main event sees a pivotal match-up between top middleweights Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum. Three other fights will take place on the main card, all of the action beginning at 10:00pm ET.

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Check out our MMASucka main card staff picks for UFC 224 below, as well as current records in 2018.


Staff Records after Bellator 198 (Fedor vs. Mir):

1. Michael DeSantis: 63-27
2. Mitchell Banuelos: 60-30
3. Omar Villagrana: 59-31
4. Wesley Riddle: 57-33
5T. Ryan Wagner: 56-34
5T. Jeremy Brand: 56-34
7. Ed Gallo: 52-38
8. Jason Burgos: 51-31
9. Nick Godin: 49-27, missed last event
10. Mike Skytte: 48-42
11. Jacob Debets: 43-27
12. Justin Pierrot: 42-37


Vitor Belfort (26-13, 1 NC) vs. Lyoto Machida (23-8)

Jeremy Brand: Machida via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Machida via UD
Mike Skytte: Machida via UD
Nick Godin: N/A
Jason Burgos: Belfort via Round 3 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Machida via UD
Michael DeSantis: Machida via UD
Jacob Debets: Machida via UD
Ryan Wagner: Machida via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Machida via UD
Ed Gallo: Machida via UD
Omar Villagrana: Machida via Round 3 TKO
Brian Gerson: Machida via UD

Staff picking Belfort: 1
Staff picking Machida: 11


John Lineker (30-8) vs. Brian Kelleher (19-8)

Jeremy Brand: Lineker via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Lineker via UD
Mike Skytte: Lineker via UD
Nick Godin: N/A
Jason Burgos: Lineker via UD
Justin Pierrot: Kelleher via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Lineker via Round 1 TKO
Jacob Debets: Lineker via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Lineker via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Lineker via UD
Ed Gallo: Kelleher via SD
Omar Villagrana: Lineker via UD
Brian Gerson: Kelleher via UD

Staff picking Lineker: 9
Staff picking Kelleher: 3


Mackenzie Dern (6-0) vs. Amanda Cooper (4-3)

Jeremy Brand: Cooper via UD
Wesley Riddle: Dern via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Cooper via UD
Nick Godin: N/A
Jason Burgos: Dern via Round 2 SUB
Justin Pierrot: Cooper via SD
Michael DeSantis: Dern via Round 1 SUB
Jacob Debets: Dern via SD
Ryan Wagner: Dern via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Cooper via UD
Ed Gallo: Cooper via UD
Omar Villagrana: Dern via Round 2 SUB
Brian Gerson: Dern via Round 1 SUB

Staff picking Dern: 7
Staff picking Cooper: 5


Jacare Souza (25-5, 1 NC) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (15-3, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Souza via Round 1 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Gastelum via Round 3 TKO
Mike Skytte: Souza via Round 2 SUB
Nick Godin: N/A
Jason Burgos: Souza via UD
Justin Pierrot: Souza via Round 1 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Souza via Round 1 SUB
Jacob Debets: Gastelum via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Souza via Round 2 SUB
Mitchell Banuelos: Souza via Round 2 SUB
Ed Gallo: Gastelum via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Souza via Round 2 SUB
Brian Gerson: Gastelum via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Souza: 8
Staff picking Gastelum: 4


Amanda Nunes (15-4) vs. Raquel Pennington (9-6)

Jeremy Brand: Nunes via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Nunes via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Nunes via Round 2 TKO
Nick Godin: N/A
Jason Burgos: Nunes via Round 4 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Pennington via UD
Michael DeSantis: Nunes via Round 2 TKO
Jacob Debets: Nunes via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Nunes via Round 2 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Nunes via UD
Ed Gallo: Nunes via UD
Omar Villagrana: Nunes via Round 3 TKO
Brian Gerson: Nunes via UD

Staff picking Nunes: 11
Staff picking Pennington: 1

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