MMASucka’s UFC Fight Night 142 staff picks

UFC Fight Night 142 staff picks
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: (L-R) Junior Dos Santos of Brazil and Tai Tuivasa of Australia pose for fans and media during the UFC Fight Night Open Workouts event at Gawler Place Canopy - Rundle Mall on November 28, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Staff picks are in for tonight’s UFC Fight Night 142, the final fight card of our quadruple-pick weekend. All of the action will take place from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia. Make sure to check out our staff picks from The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale and both Bellator cards.

THE FIGHTS

In tonight’s main event, long-time heavyweight veteran Junior Dos Santos will face off against one of Australia’s fastest rising stars, Tai Tuivasa. Dos Santos has alternated wins and losses for the past eight fights, last defeating Blagoy Ivanov in a main event last July. The former UFC heavyweight champion is hoping to earn his second straight victory in 2018. His last loss came in a main event title fight to now former champion Stipe Miocic, where he suffered his fifth career loss in competition. His opponent, Tuivasa, made his octagon debut in November of 2017, impressing everyone with his flying knee finish over Rashad Coulter. He followed it up with two victories in 2018, most recently defeating former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision. Tuivasa is hoping to keep his undefeated streak going with a ninth victory.

Also competing on the main card includes two savvy veterans in light-heavyweight Shogun Rua and heavyweight Mark Hunt. Their respected opponents, Australian Tyson Pedro and “Big Pretty” Justin Willis, are hoping to make statements with solid performances over two long-time competitors.

STAFF PICKS

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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


Jim Crute (8-0) vs. Paul Craig (9-2)

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

Staff picking Crute: 8
Staff picking Craig: 6


Suman Mokhtarian (8-0) vs. Sodiq Yusuff (7-1)

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

Staff picking Mokhtarian: 0
Staff picking Yusuff: 14


Jake Matthews (13-3) vs. Tony Martin (13-4)

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

Staff picking Matthews: 10
Staff picking Martin: 4


Mark Hunt (13-13-1, 1 NC) vs. Justin Willis (7-1)

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

Staff picking Hunt: 11
Staff picking Willis: 3


Mauricio Rua (25-11) vs. Tyson Pedro (7-2)

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

Staff picking Rua: 3
Staff picking Pedro: 11


Junior dos Santos (19-5) vs. Tai Tuivasa (8-0)

Jeremy Brand: JDS via UD
Wesley Riddle: JDS via Round 3 TKO
Mike Skytte: JDS via Round 3 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Tuivasa via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: JDS via UD
Ryan Wagner: JDS via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Tuivasa via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: JDS via UD
Omar Villagrana: JDS via Round 5 TKO
Brian Gerson: Tuivasa via Round 4 TKO
Matt Bricker: JDS via UD
Connor Deitrich: JDS via Round 3 TKO
Patrick Auger: JDS via Round 3 TKO
Sasha Moksyakov: Tuivasa via UD

Staff picking Dos Santos: 10
Staff picking Tuivasa: 4

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