MMASucka’s UFC on ESPN 11 Staff Picks

UFC on ESPN 11
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 19: In this handout image provided by UFC, (L-R) Opponents Belal Muhammad and Lyman Good face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

MMASucka staff picks are locked in for tonight’s UFC on ESPN 11. For the fourth straight weekend in a row, the promotion will host an event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will begin at 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT) on both ESPN and ESPN+.

The Fights

Exciting heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov will meet in the night’s main event. “Razor” Blaydes comes in with only two professional defeats since his beginnings; those both coming to Francis Ngannou in 2016 and late 2018. Since the ’18 defeat, he has added three dominant victories to his resume including a knockout over former divisional champion Junior dos Santos. Another dominant victory could put Blaydes in talks for his first title shot. His opponent, former Bellator heavyweight champion Volkov, also looks to throw himself in the title picture. An impressive six-fight win streak was snapped at UFC 229 in 2018 after a come-from-behind knockout win in the favor of Derrick Lewis. However, Volkov would find the win column in November with a decision win over Greg Hardy.

A thrilling show is in store in the co-main event between featherweights Josh Emmett and Shane Burgos. Emmett hopes to add upon his last two victories by knockout while Burgos targets a potential 14th career win in just 15 professional fights.

Also on the main card includes bantamweight veteran Raquel Pennington, former Titan FC welterweight champion Belal Muhammad, and fan-favorite scrapper Jim Miller. See all of our staff picks for UFC on ESPN 11 further below.

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Staff Picks

Throughout the year, staff picks will be composed of five different MMA promotions. UFCBellatorONE, and RIZIN all appeared for the 2019 season and will make returns. The newest addition for the 2020 year will see the PFL including their regular season, playoffs, and championship card. A special staff picks bonus will be introduced and discussed regarding PFL’s playoff format as time gets closer.

Main cards will makeup both UFC and Bellator picks, while the biggest fights to make up ONE, RIZIN, and PFL 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 2019 winner was awarded to Michael DeSantis, compiling a record of 321-178. Second-place Connor Deitrich collected a close score of 319-180 with third-place Ed Gallo not far behind totaling at 312-183.

Check out our staff picks for UFC on ESPN 11 below.

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Staff Records after UFC on ESPN 10:

1. Connor Deitrich: 81-31
2. Michael DeSantis: 80-32
3. Wesley Riddle: 77-35
4. Jeremy Brand: 72-40
5. Dan Rose: 69-43
6. Frazer Krohn: 68-44
7T. Mike Skytte: 67-45
7T. Matt Bricker: 67-45
9T. McKenzie Guardiero: 65-47
9T. Nate Freeman: 65-43
11. Ash Camyab: 62-50
12T. Andrew Benjamin: 61-51
12T. Jack Buchanan: 61-28
14T. Mike Lynch: 60-37
14T. Ashwin Viswanathan: 60-37
16. Ryan Hobbs: 59-49
17. Ed Gallo: 54-27
18. Mitchell Banuelos: 51-32
19. Joshua Yule: 20-11
20. Jeremy Cook: 14-6

*Note: not all staff has picked for every event*

Jim Miller (31-14, 1 NC) vs. Roosevelt Roberts (11-1)

Jeremy Brand: Roberts via UD
Wesley Riddle: Roberts via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Roberts via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Roberts via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: Roberts via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Roberts via UD
Ash Camyab: Roberts via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Roberts via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Miller via Round 2 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Roberts via UD
McKenzie Guardiero: Roberts via UD
Dan Rose: Roberts via Round 1 TKO
Mike Lynch: Roberts via UD
Ashwin Viswanathan: Roberts via UD
Nate Freeman: Roberts via Round 2 TKO
Jack Buchanan: Roberts via UD
Joshua Yule: Roberts via UD

Staff picking Roberts: 16
Staff picking Miller: 1

Belal Muhammad (16-3) vs. Lyman Good (21-5, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Muhammad via UD
Wesley Riddle: Muhammad via UD
Michael DeSantis: Muhammad via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Muhammad via Round 1 SUB
Matt Bricker: Muhammad via UD
Connor Deitrich: Muhammad via Round 2 SUB
Ash Camyab: Muhammad via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Muhammad via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Good via UD
Frazer Krohn: Muhammad via SD
McKenzie Guardiero: Muhammad via UD
Dan Rose: Muhammad via Round 3 SUB
Mike Lynch: Good via Round 2 SUB
Ashwin Viswanathan: Muhammad via UD
Nate Freeman: Muhammad via UD
Jack Buchanan: Muhammad via UD
Joshua Yule: Muhammad via UDf

Staff picking Muhammad: 15
Staff picking Good: 2

Raquel Pennington (10-9) vs. Marion Reneau (9-5-1)

Jeremy Brand: Pennington via UD
Wesley Riddle: Pennington via UD
Michael DeSantis: Pennington via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Pennington via UD
Matt Bricker: Pennington via UD
Connor Deitrich: Pennington via UD
Ash Camyab: Pennington via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Reneau via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Pennington via UD
Frazer Krohn: Pennington via SD
McKenzie Guardiero: Pennington via Round 2 TKO
Dan Rose: Pennington via UD
Mike Lynch: Reneau via Round 3 TKO
Ashwin Viswanathan: Pennington via UD
Nate Freeman: Pennington via SD
Jack Buchanan: Pennington via UD
Joshua Yule: Pennington via UD

Staff picking Pennington: 15
Staff picking Reneau: 2

Josh Emmett (15-2) vs. Shane Burgos (13-1)

Jeremy Brand: Emmett via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Emmett via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Burgos via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Emmett via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: Emmett via Round 3 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Burgos via Round 3 TKO
Ash Camyab: Emmett via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Burgos via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Emmett via Round 3 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Burgos via Round 2 TKO
McKenzie Guardiero: Burgos via Round 2 TKO
Dan Rose: Burgos via Round 1 TKO
Mike Lynch: Burgos via Round Round 1 TKO
Ashwin Viswanathan: Burgos via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Burgos via UD
Jack Buchanan: Burgos via UD
Joshua Yule: Burgos via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Emmett: 6
Staff picking Burgos: 11

Curtis Blaydes (13-2, 1 NC) vs. Alexander Volkov (31-7)

Jeremy Brand: Blaydes via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Blaydes via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Blaydes via Round 2 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Blaydes via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: Blaydes via Round 3 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Blaydes via UD
Ash Camyab: Blaydes via Round 5 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Blaydes via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Blaydes via UD
Frazer Krohn: Volkov via UD
McKenzie Guardiero: Blaydes via Round 2 TKO
Dan Rose: Volkov via Round 4 SUB
Mike Lynch: Blaydes via Round 1 TKO
Ashwin Viswanathan: Blaydes via UD
Nate Freeman: Blaydes via Round 3 TKO
Jack Buchanan: Blaydes via Round 3 TKO
Joshua Yule: Blaydes via Round 4 TKO

Staff picking Blaydes: 15
Staff picking Volkov: 2

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