MMASucka’s UFC Fort Lauderdale staff picks

UFC Fort Lauderdale
SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 26: (L-R) Alex Oliveira of Brazil and Mike Perry face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at BB&T Center on April 26, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC Fort Lauderdale goes down tonight from the BB&T Center in the Sunshine State of Florida, and with that comes our MMASucka staff picks. The night’s main card will begin live on ESPN+ at 9:00pm ET (6:00pm PT). Make sure to also check out our staff picks for tonight’s Bellator card.

THE FIGHTS

In the main event, former DREAM and Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is set to battle Sweden’s Jack “The Joker” Hermansson. Souza’s long and incredible list of accolades in Brazilian jiu-jitsu have carried into the UFC, having submitted 14 of his 26 opponents. Those fallen victim to his constricting guard include the likes of Alexander Shlemenko, Matt Lindland, Robbie Lawler, and Gegard Mousasi. The Brazilian veteran is in search for his first attempt at the UFC middleweight title. His opponent, Hermansson, has started making sound in the UFC. He sits at 5-1 in his last six outings, only suffering a TKO loss to now light heavyweight title contender Thiago Santos. Hermansson last defeated David Branch by guillotine only 28 days ago.

Two “Fight of the Night” contenders will also go down on the main card: a welterweight battle between Alex Oliveira and Mike Perry, along with bantamweight finishers John Lineker and Cory Sandhagen. Check out the rest of the six-fight main card below.

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STAFF PICKS

Throughout the year, staff picks will be composed of four different MMA promotions: UFCBellatorONE, and RIZIN. Main cards will make up both UFC and Bellator picks, while the biggest fights to make up ONE and RIZIN events will be used. The WINNER of staff picks will have a choice between receiving a championship belt from ProAmBelts or a championship chain from Championship Chains. The 2018 winner was awarded to Michael DeSantis, compiling a record of 202-101.

Check out our picks for UFC Fort Lauderdale below.


Staff Records after RIZIN 15:

1. Ed Gallo: 94-40
2. Michael DeSantis: 92-42
3T. Brian Gerson: 88-46
3T. Connor Deitrich: 88-46
3T. Wesley Riddle: 88-46
6. Ryan Wagner: 85-41
7. Mike Skytte: 84-50
8. Omar Villagrana: 81-53
9. Jeremy Brand: 80-54
10T. Matt Bricker: 78-56
10T. Mitch Banuelos: 78-41
12. Patrick Auger: 75-52
13. Justin Pierrot: 73-51
14. Ash Camyab: 71-47
15. Suraj Sukumar: 38-14
16. Sasha Moksyakov: 31-16
17. Idrees Crawley: 15-7
18. Ryan Hobbs: 7-9


Roosevelt Roberts (7-0) vs. Thomas Gifford (14-7, 2 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Roberts via UD
Wesley Riddle: Roberts via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Roberts via UD
Justin Pierrot: Roberts via UD
Michael DeSantis: Roberts via Round 1 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Roberts via UD
Mitch Banuelos: Roberts via Round 1 SUB
Ed Gallo: Roberts via UD
Omar Villagrana: Roberts via UD
Brian Gerson: Roberts via UD
Matt Bricker: Roberts via Round 1 SUB
Connor Deitrich: Roberts via Round 1 SUB
Patrick Auger: Roberts via Round 1 SUB
Suraj Sukumar: Roberts via UD
Ash Camyab: Roberts via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Roberts via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Roberts via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Roberts: 17
Staff picking Gifford: 0


John Lineker (31-8) vs. Cory Sandhagen (10-1)

Jeremy Brand: Lineker via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Lineker via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Lineker via Round 2 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Lineker via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Lineker via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Lineker via Round 2 TKO
Mitch Banuelos: Lineker via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: Lineker via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Lineker via UD
Brian Gerson: Lineker via UD
Matt Bricker: Lineker via Round 2 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Lineker via Round 2 TKO
Patrick Auger: Lineker via Round 2 TKO
Suraj Sukumar: Lineker via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Lineker via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Lineker via UD
Frazer Krohn: Sandhagen via UD

Staff picking Lineker: 16
Staff picking Sandhagen: 1


Glover Teixeira (28-7) vs. Ion Cutelaba (14-3, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Teixeira via UD
Wesley Riddle: Cutelaba via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: Teixeira via UD
Justin Pierrot: Teixeira via UD
Michael DeSantis: Cutelaba via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Cutelaba via UD
Mitch Banuelos: Cutelaba via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: Teixeira via Round 3 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Cutelaba via UD
Brian Gerson: Cutelaba via Round 3 TKO
Matt Bricker: Cutelaba via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Teixeira via UD
Patrick Auger: Teixeira via UD
Suraj Sukumar: Teixeira via UD
Ash Camyab: Teixeira via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Teixeira via UD
Frazer Krohn: Teixeira via Round 2 SUB

Staff picking Teixeira: 10
Staff picking Cutelaba: 7


Alex Oliveira (19-6-1, 2 NC) vs. Mike Perry (12-4)

Jeremy Brand: Perry via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Oliveira via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Oliveira via Round 2 SUB
Justin Pierrot: Oliveira via UD
Michael DeSantis: Perry via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Oliveira via UD
Mitch Banuelos: Oliveira via Round 1 SUB
Ed Gallo: Perry via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Oliveira via UD
Brian Gerson: Oliveira via Round 1 SUB
Matt Bricker: Oliveira via Round 1 SUB
Connor Deitrich: Oliveira via Round 2 SUB
Patrick Auger: Oliveira via Round 1 SUB
Suraj Sukumar: Perry via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Perry via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Oliveira via Round 1 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Oliveira via UD

Staff picking Oliveira: 12
Staff picking Perry: 5


Greg Hardy (3-1) vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov (9-2)

Jeremy Brand: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Smoliakov via UD
Michael DeSantis: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Smoliakov via UD
Mitch Banuelos: Smoliakov via UD
Ed Gallo: Hardy via Round 2 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Hardy via UD
Brian Gerson: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Patrick Auger: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Suraj Sukumar: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Smoliakov via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Smoliakov via Round 3 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Hardy via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Hardy: 15
Staff picking Smoliakov: 6


Jacare Souza (26-6, 1 NC) vs. Jack Hermansson (19-4)

Jeremy Brand: Souza via Round 1 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Souza via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Hermansson via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Souza via Round 1 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Souza via Round 1 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Souza via Round 1 TKO
Mitch Banuelos: Souza via Round 1 TKO
Ed Gallo: Souza via Round 2 SUB
Omar Villagrana: Souza via UD
Brian Gerson: Souza via Round 2 SUB
Matt Bricker: Souza via Round 1 SUB
Connor Deitrich: Souza via Round 1 TKO
Patrick Auger: Souza via Round 1 TKO
Suraj Sukumar: Souza via Round 3 TKO
Ash Camyab: Souza via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Souza via Round 3 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Souza via Round 4 TKO

Staff picking Souza: 16
Staff picking Hermansson: 1

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Wesley Riddle is a 24-year old writer out of Harrisonburg, Virginia and a recent graduate from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, having obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education. Watching the draw between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard from 2011 sparked his interest in the sport of mixed martial arts. He created "All That MMA" on Twitter, which came to birth in December of 2013. He would join with MMASucka in the later quarter of 2016. Some of Riddle's hobbies include music, playing golf, watching horror movies, and working with non-profit organizations throughout his community. You can follow him on Twitter at @AllThatMMA or @WesleyRiddleMMA, and on Instagram @WesleyRiddle.

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