MMASucka’s UFC Fight Night 156 Staff Picks

UFC Fight Night 156
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Light heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi face interact with media the Ultimate Media Day at Sheraton Hotel Montevideo on August 8, 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider /Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

MMASucka staff picks are in for UFC Fight Night 156 taking place later this evening, August 10th, from the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay. The main card will begin live and exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 8:00pm ET (9:00pm UYT, 5:00pm PT).

THE FIGHTS

In the main event, Valentina Shevchenko will look to defend her UFC flyweight championship in a rematch against challenger Liz Carmouche. This fight will be a rematch nearly nine years from their first meeting in 2010, Carmouche coming out victorious following a doctor stoppage. Aside from the loss and two tight defeats to Amanda Nunes, Shevchenko is still arguably regarded the greatest female mixed martial arts fighter of all-time. Her past two years of competition have shown us what she is capable of, including an incredible head-kick “Knockout of the Year” contender over Jessica Eye in June. She looks to avenge her first loss, Carmouche posing as a tough threat with a long career competing under the UFC and Strikeforce banners. Carmouche sits at a surprising 4-1 dating back to April of 2015, suffering only a single loss in 2017 to Alexis Davis in her flyweight debut.

A thrilling co-main event is in store between Brazilian Vicente Luque and American Mike Perry. Luque sits at 9-1 in his last 10 UFC fights including two victories already in 2019 while Perry looks to add a potential 12th knockout victory to his resume.

Many other solid fights make up the main card including a light heavyweight scrap behind Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi and the UFC debut of former IBJJF and ADCC world champion Rodolfo Vieira. Check out the remaining main card fights for UFC Fight Night 156 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 MMASucka staff picks for UFC Fight Night 156 below.


Staff Records after UFC on ESPN 5:

1. Michael DeSantis: 181-94
2. Connor Deitrich: 178-97
3. Ed Gallo: 174-102
4. Brian Gerson: 171-98
5. Mike Skytte: 168-107
6. Mitchell Banuelos: 168-95
7. Jeremy Brand: 162-113
8. Ryan Wagner: 159-75
9. Matt Bricker: 158-107
10. Ash Camyab: 144-100
11. Patrick Auger: 142-111
12. Frazer Krohn: 67-45
13. Suraj Sukumar: 53-21
14T. Ryan Hobbs: 48-49
14T. Ryan Fortune: 48-23
16. Andrew Benjamin: 30-19
17. McKenzie Guardiero: 26-21


Enrique Barzola (15-4-1) vs. Bobby Moffett (14-4)

Jeremy Brand: Moffett via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Barzola via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Barzola via UD
Ryan Wagner: Barzola via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Barzola via UD
Ed Gallo: Barzola via UD
Brian Gerson: Barzola via UD
Matt Bricker: Barzola via UD
Connor Deitrich: Barzola via UD
Patrick Auger: Moffett via Round 2 SUB
Ash Camyab: Barzola via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Barzola via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Barzola via Round 3 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Barzola via UD
Ryan Fortune: Barzola via UD
McKenzie Guardiero: Moffett via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Barzola: 13
Staff picking Moffett: 3


Rodolfo Vieira (5-0) vs. Oskar Piechota (11-1-1)

Jeremy Brand: Vieira via UD
Mike Skytte: Vieira via UD
Michael DeSantis: Vieira via Round 1 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Vieira via Round 2 SUB
Mitchell Banuelos: Vieira via UD
Ed Gallo: Vieira via Round 2 SUB
Brian Gerson: Vieira via Round 3 TKO
Matt Bricker: Vieira via Round 1 SUB
Connor Deitrich: Vieira via Round 2 SUB
Patrick Auger: Vieira via Round 1 SUB
Ash Camyab: Vieira via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Vieira via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Vieira via UD
Frazer Krohn: Vieira via Round 2 SUB
Ryan Fortune: Vieira via Round 1 SUB
McKenzie Guardiero: Vieira via Round 2 SUB

Staff picking Vieira: 16
Staff picking Piechota: 0


Volkan Oezdemir (15-4) vs. Ilir Latifi (14-6, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Oezdemir via UD
Mike Skytte: Latifi via UD
Michael DeSantis: Oezdemir via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Latifi via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Oezdemir via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: Oezdemir via UD
Brian Gerson: Oezdemir via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Latifi via UD
Connor Deitrich: Oezdemir via Round 2 TKO
Patrick Auger: Latifi via UD
Ash Camyab: Oezdemir via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Oezdemir via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Latifi via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Oezdemir via UD
Ryan Fortune: Oezdemir via SD
McKenzie Guardiero: Oezdemir via UD

Staff picking Oezdemir: 11
Staff picking Latifi: 5


Luiz Eduardo Garagorri (11-0) vs. Humberto Bandenay (14-6, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Bandenay via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Bandenay via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Garagorri via Round 2 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Bandenay via Round 1 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Bandenay via Round 3 TKO
Ed Gallo: Bandenay via Round 1 TKO
Brian Gerson: Bandenay via UD
Matt Bricker: Bandenay via UD
Connor Deitrich: Garagorri via SD
Patrick Auger: Garagorri via UD
Ash Camyab: Bandenay via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Bandenay via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Bandenay via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Garagorri via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Fortune: Garagorri via Round 2 SUB
McKenzie Guardiero: Bandenay via UD

Staff picking Garagorri: 5
Staff picking Bandenay: 11


Vicente Luque (16-6-1) vs. Mike Perry (13-4)

Jeremy Brand: Luque via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Luque via UD
Michael DeSantis: Luque via Round 2 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Luque via Round 1 SUB
Mitchell Banuelos: Luque via UD
Ed Gallo: Luque via Round 1 SUB
Brian Gerson: Luque via UD
Matt Bricker: Perry via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Luque via UD
Patrick Auger: Luque via UD
Ash Camyab: Perry via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Luque via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Luque via Round 3 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Luque via UD
Ryan Fortune: Luque via Round 2 SUB
McKenzie Guardiero: Perry via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Luque: 13
Staff picking Perry: 3


Valentina Shevchenko (17-3) vs. Liz Carmouche (13-6)

Jeremy Brand: Shevchenko via Round 2 SUB
Mike Skytte: Shevchenko via Round 3 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Shevchenko via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Shevchenko via Round 2 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Shevchenko via Round 3 TKO
Ed Gallo: Shevchenko via Round 5 SUB
Brian Gerson: Shevchenko via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Shevchenko via UD
Connor Deitrich: Shevchenko via Round 2 TKO
Patrick Auger: Shevchenko via UD
Ash Camyab: Shevchenko via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Shevchenko via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Carmouche via Round 3 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Shevchenko via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Fortune: Shevchenko via Round 2 TKO
McKenzie Guardiero: Shevchenko via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Shevchenko: 15
Staff picking Carmouche: 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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