MMASucka’s The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale staff picks

The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale staff picks
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 29: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria taunts the crowd during The Ultimate Fighter Finale weigh-in inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on November 29, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

MMASucka staff picks will see a four events this weekend. Later tonight The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale will take place tonight from the Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make sure to also check out our other staff picks this weekend for both Bellator 210 & Bellator 211.

THE FIGHTS

In the main event, top welterweight contenders Kamaru Usman and Rafael dos Anjos will battle it out for five, five minute rounds. Dos Anjos made the move to 170 pounds in 2017, going on an impressive 3-0 streak defeating the likes of Neil Magny and Robbie Lawler. In his last outing, he suffered a tight decision loss in a back-and-forth bout to current UFC interim welterweight champion holder Colby Covington. His opponent tonight, Usman, won season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter. Since then, he has went on a truly impressive run with eight straight victories inside the octagon. This year, Usman earned two dominant decision victories over Emil Meek and long-time veteran Demian Maia.

Our two fights featuring TUF finalists from this season also take place on the main card. Spain’s Juan Francisco Espino Dieppa will battle Arkansas’s Justin Frazier, while former Invicta fighters Macy Chiasson and Pannie Kianzad meet in the women’s featherweight division.

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Check out our MMASucka staff picks for The Ultimate Fighter 28 below, as well as our current records compiled throughout the 2018 year. Clicking the link immediately below will show our picks from the previous Bellator or UFC event.


Staff Records after UFC Fight Night 141

1. Michael DeSantis: 175-83
2. Ryan Wagner: 169-89
3. Wesley Riddle: 166-92
4. Mitchell Banuelos: 163-95
5. Omar Villagrana: 157-101
6. Mike Skytte: 151-107
7. Jeremy Brand: 148-101
8. Ed Gallo: 144-114
9. Justin Pierrot: 126-108
10. Matt Bricker: 94-58
11. Brian Gerson: 89-75
12. Connor Deitrich: 50-26
13. Patrick Auger: 14-18
14. Sasha Moksyakov: 6-15


Ji Yeon Kim (7-1-2) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (6-0)

Jeremy Brand: Kim via UD
Wesley Riddle: Shevchenko via UD
Mike Skytte: Kim via SD
Justin Pierrot: Kim via UD
Michael DeSantis: Shevchenko via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Shevchenko via Round 2 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Shevchenko via UD
Ed Gallo: Shevchenko via UD
Omar Villagrana: Shevchenko via UD
Brian Gerson: Shevchenko via UD
Matt Bricker: Shevchenko via Round 3 TKO
Connor Dietrich: Shevchenko via Round 2 TKO
Patrick Auger: Shevchenko via UD
Sasha Moksyakov: Shevchenko via UD

Staff picking Kim: 3
Staff picking Shevchenko: 11


Darren Stewart (9-3, 1 NC) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (6-0)

Jeremy Brand: Shahbazyan via UD
Wesley Riddle: Shahbazyan via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Stewart via Round 2 SUB
Justin Pierrot: Stewart via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Stewart via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Stewart via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Stewart via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: Shahbazyan via UD
Omar Villagrana: Stewart via Round 3 TKO
Brian Gerson: Stewart via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: Stewart via Round 1 TKO
Connor Dietrich: Shahbazyan via UD
Patrick Auger: Stewart via Round 3 TKO
Sasha Moksyakov: Shahbazyan via UD

Staff picking Stewart: 9
Staff picking Shahbazyan: 5


Pedro Munhoz (16-3, 1 NC) vs. Bryan Caraway (21-9)

Jeremy Brand: Caraway via Round 2 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Munhoz via UD
Mike Skytte: Munhoz via SD
Justin Pierrot: Munhoz via UD
Michael DeSantis: Munhoz via UD
Ryan Wagner: Munhoz via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Munhoz via UD
Ed Gallo: Munhoz via Round 3 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Munhoz via UD
Brian Gerson: Munhoz via UD
Matt Bricker: Munhoz via UD
Connor Dietrich: Munhoz via UD
Patrick Auger: Caraway via SD
Sasha Moksyakov: Munhoz via UD

Staff picking Munhoz: 12
Staff picking Caraway: 2


Pannie Kianzad (10-3) vs. Macy Chiasson (2-0)

Jeremy Brand: Kianzad via UD
Wesley Riddle: Kianzad via UD
Mike Skytte: Kianzad via UD
Justin Pierrot: Kianzad via UD
Michael DeSantis: Kianzad via UD
Ryan Wagner: Kianzad via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Kianzad via UD
Ed Gallo: Chiasson via UD
Omar Villagrana: Kianzad via UD
Brian Gerson: Kianzad via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Chiasson via SD
Connor Dietrich: Kianzad via UD
Patrick Auger: Kianzad via UD
Sasha Moksyakov: Chiasson via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Kianzad: 11
Staff picking Chiasson: 3


Juan Espino (8-1) vs. Justin Frazier (10-2)

Jeremy Brand: Frazier via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Frazier via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: Frazier via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Frazier via UD
Michael DeSantis: Frazier via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Frazier via Round 2 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Frazier via Round 1 TKO
Ed Gallo: Frazier via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Frazier via Round 1 TKO
Brian Gerson: Frazier via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: Frazier via Round 1 TKO
Connor Dietrich: Frazier via Round 2 TKO
Patrick Auger: Espino via Round 3 SUB
Sasha Moksyakov: Frazier via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Espino: 1
Staff picking Frazier: 13


Rafael dos Anjos (28-10) vs. Kamaru Usman (13-1)

Jeremy Brand: RDA via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Usman via UD
Mike Skytte: RDA via Round 3 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Usman via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Usman via UD
Ryan Wagner: RDA via Round 4 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Usman via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: RDA via UD
Omar Villagrana: Usman via UD
Brian Gerson: Usman via UD
Matt Bricker: Usman via SD
Connor Dietrich: Usman via UD
Patrick Auger: Usman via SD
Sasha Moksyakov: Usman via UD

Staff picking Dos Anjos: 4
Staff picking Usman: 10

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