MMASucka’s UFC 212 staff picks

It’s a fierce battle at the top of MMA Sucka’s staff picks.

Tomorrow night, UFC 212 will feature one of the best title fights of 2017 from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the main event, current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will look for his first defense following a re-capture of the title against interim featherweight champion Max Holloway. The unification bout will determine a rightful king at the top of the 145-pound weight class.

MMASucka’s UFC 212 staff picks

In the co-main event, #1-ranked strawweight Claudia Gadelha will look for back-to-back wins over #2-ranked strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz, coming off her first professional career loss. Both ladies suffered decision losses to current champion of the division Joanna Jędrzejczyk in 2016, and are hoping to receive another shot with a win Saturday night.

The five-fight PPV main card will kick off at 10:00pm ET (7:00pm PT), beginning with an exciting welterweight scrap between Erick Silva and Yancy Medeiros. Following that, first-round finishers Paulo Borrachinha and Oluwale Bamgbose will look for finishes to settle their differences following a heated exchange at the live weigh-ins earlier today. A classic battle between two prestigious veterans goes down right in the PPV’s center, with Vitor Belfort and Nate Marquardt meeting at middleweight.

Check out the MMASucka main card staff picks for UFC 212 below.

2017 Staff Records following UFC Fight Night 109:

1) Nick Godin: 39-25
2) Wesley Riddle: 38-26
3) Mike Skytte: 37-27
3) Suraj Sukumar: 37-21
5) Jason Burgos: 36-28
6) Jeremy Brand: 35-29
7) Justin Pierrot: 34-26
8) Davey Rudolph: 32-28
9) Michael DeSantis: 21-18
10) Davey Caplice: 19-20
10) Dan Cohen: 19-11
12) Wade Williams: 10-1

*UD* – Unanimous Decision
*SD* – Split Decision


Jose Aldo (26-2) vs. Max Holloway (17-3)

Jeremy Brand – Aldo via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle – Holloway via UD
Mike Skytte – Aldo via Round 2 TKO
Nick Godin – Aldo via UD
Jason Burgos – Holloway via UD
Suraj Sukumar – Aldo via UD
Justin Pierrot – Holloway via Round 5 TKO
Davey Rudolph – Aldo via UD
Davey Caplice – Holloway via Round 4 TKO
Michael DeSantis – Aldo via UD
Dan Cohen – Aldo via UD
Wade Williams – N/A

Staff picking Aldo: 7
Staff picking Holloway: 4


Claudia Gadelha (13-2) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1)

Jeremy Brand – Gadelha via UD
Wesley Riddle – Gadelha via UD
Mike Skytte – Gadelha via UD
Nick Godin – Kowalkiewicz via UD
Jason Burgos – Gadelha via UD
Suraj Sukumar – Kowalkiewicz via UD
Justin Pierrot – Gadelha via Round 3 SUB
Davey Rudolph – Gadelha via UD
Davey Caplice – Gadelha via UD
Michael DeSantis – Gadelha via UD
Dan Cohen – Gadelha via UD
Wade Williams – N/A

Staff picking Gadelha: 9
Staff picking Kowalkiewicz: 2


Vitor Belfort (25-13) vs. Nate Marquardt (38-16-3)

Jeremy Brand – Belfort via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle – Belfort via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte – Marquardt via Round 1 TKO
Nick Godin – Belfort via Round 2 TKO
Jason Burgos – Belfort via Round 1 TKO
Suraj Sukumar – Marquardt via Round 2 TKO
Justin Pierrot – Marquardt via Round 2 TKO
Davey Rudolph – Belfort via Round 1 TKO
Davey Caplice – Marquardt via Round 3 SUB
Michael DeSantis – Belfort via Round 1 TKO
Dan Cohen – Belfort via Round 2 TKO
Wade Williams – N/A

Staff picking Belfort: 7
Staff picking Marquardt: 4


Paulo Borrachinha (9-0) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2)

Jeremy Brand – Bamgbose via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle – Bamgbose via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte – Bamgbose via Round 2 TKO
Nick Godin – Borrachinha via Round 1 TKO
Jason Burgos – Borrachinha via Round 1 TKO
Suraj Sukumar – Borrachinha via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot – Bamgbose via Round 2 TKO
Davey Rudolph – Bamgbose via UD
Davey Caplice – Borrachinha via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis – Borrachinha via Round 1 TKO
Dan Cohen – Bamgbose via Round 1 TKO
Wade Williams – N/A

Staff picking Borrachinha: 8
Staff picking Bamgbose: 3


Erick Silva (19-7, 1 NC) vs. Yancy Medeiros (13-4, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand – Silva via UD
Wesley Riddle – Medeiros via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte – Medeiros via Round 2 SUB
Nick Godin – Medeiros via SD
Jason Burgos – Silva via SD
Suraj Sukumar – Medeiros via Round 2 TKO
Justin Pierrot – Silva via Round 1 TKO
Davey Rudolph – Silva via Round 2 TKO
Davey Caplice – Medeiros via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis – Medeiros via Round 2 TKO
Dan Cohen – Medeiros via Round 1 TKO
Wade Williams – N/A

Staff picking Silva: 4
Staff picking Medeiros: 7

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