MMASucka’s UFC on ESPN+ 39 Staff Picks

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MMASucka staff picks are locked in. Later this evening, October 31 will see UFC on ESPN+ 39 (also referred to as UFC Fight Night 181) go down from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will begin live at 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT) on ESPN+.

No picks from Thursday night’s Bellator 250 event were counted this week.

The Fights

A must-watch main event is in store between middleweights Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva. Hall has shared both highs and lows throughout his time with the promotion, holding an 8-7 record since his TUF finale defeat to Kelvin Gastelum in 2013. The striking stylist will look to extend upon his two-fight win streak, most recently defeating TUF Brazil winner Antonio Carlos Junior. His opponent, former 185-pound king Silva, will make his final walk to the octagon tonight. The former champion will look to go out with a bang in search of his first victory since February of 2017.

Featherweights Bryce Mitchell and Andre Fili will scrap in the co-main slot. The undefeated Mitchell will look to continue his hype train following his dominant decision win over Charles Rosa in May. Team Alpha Male’s Fili will look for his tenth UFC win in his 16th promotional outing.

See all of our MMASucka staff picks for UFC on ESPN+ 39 further below.

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Staff Picks

Throughout the remainder of the year, staff picks will be composed of two different MMA promotions: UFC and Bellator. As of September 25th, the events of ONE and RIZIN will no longer be counted for our picks (including a recent deduction of the last two RIZIN cards from our records). With the cancellation of PFL for 2020, this promotion will be excluded as well.

Main cards will makeup both UFC and Bellator picks. 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 UFC on ESPN+ 39: Hall vs. Silva staff picks below.

Staff Records after UFC 254:

1. Michael DeSantis: 169-72
2. Connor Deitrich: 165-76
3. Wesley Riddle: 158-78
4T. Jeremy Brand: 146-87
4T. Frazer Krohn: 146-96
4T. Jack Buchanan: 146-73
7T. Dan Rose: 145-97
7T. Nate Freeman: 145-93
9. Mike Lynch: 143-84
10. Ash Camyab: 140-102
11. Matt Bricker: 132-85
12. Andrew Benjamin: 129-107
13. McKenzie Guardiero: 122-96
14. Ryan Hobbs: 95-64
15. Ashwin Viswanathan: 83-51
16. Mike Skytte: 67-45
17. Mitchell Banuelos: 64-39
18. Joshua Yule: 55-28
19. Ed Gallo: 54-27
20. Jeremy Cook: 14-6

*Note: not all staff pick for every event*

Bobby Green (27-10) vs. Thiago Moises (13-4)

Jeremy Brand: Green via UD
Wesley Riddle: Green via SD
Michael DeSantis: Green via UD
Matt Bricker: Green via UD
Connor Deitrich: Green via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Green via Round 3 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Moises via Round 1 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Green via UD
McKenzie Guardiero: Green via UD
Dan Rose: Moises via Round 1 SUB
Mike Lynch: Green via UD
Nate Freeman: Green via UD
Jack Buchanan: Green via UD

Staff picking Green: 11
Staff picking Moises: 2

Kevin Holland (18-5) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (11-6)

Jeremy Brand: Holland via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Holland via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Holland via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: Holland via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Holland via UD
Ash Camyab: Holland via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Holland via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Holland via Round 2 TKO
McKenzie Guardiero: Holland via Round 2 TKO
Dan Rose: Holland via Round 1 TKO
Mike Lynch: Holland via Round 3 TKO
Nate Freeman: Holland via Round 1 TKO
Jack Buchanan: Holland via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Holland: 13
Staff picking Ontiveros: 0

Maurice Greene (9-5) vs. Greg Hardy (8-2, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Hardy via UD
Wesley Riddle: Hardy via UD
Michael DeSantis: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Hardy via Round 2 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Greene via UD
Frazer Krohn: Hardy via UD
McKenzie Guardiero: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Dan Rose: Hardy via UD
Mike Lynch: Hardy via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Hardy via UD
Jack Buchanan: Hardy via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Greene: 1
Staff picking Hardy: 12

Bryce Mitchell (13-1) vs. Andre Fili (21-7)

Jeremy Brand: Fili via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Mitchell via Round 2 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Mitchell via Round 2 SUB
Matt Bricker: Fili via SD
Connor Deitrich: Fili via Round 3 TKO
Ash Camyab: Fili via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Mitchell via Round 2 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Mitchell via UD
McKenzie Guardiero: Mitchell via Round 1 SUB
Dan Rose: Mitchell via Round 2 SUB
Mike Lynch: Mitchell via Round 1 SUB
Nate Freeman: Mitchell via Round 3 SUB
Jack Buchanan: Mitchell via UD

Staff picking Mitchell: 9
Staff picking Fili: 4

Uriah Hall (16-9) vs. Anderson Silva (34-10, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Hall via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Hall via UD
Michael DeSantis: Hall via UD
Matt Bricker: Hall via UD
Connor Deitrich: Hall via UD
Ash Camyab: Hall via Round 4 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Silva via UD
Frazer Krohn: Hall via SD
McKenzie Guardiero: Hall via UD
Dan Rose: Hall via UD
Mike Lynch: Hall via UD
Nate Freeman: Hall via UD
Jack Buchanan: Hall via UD

Staff picking Hall: 12
Staff picking Silva: 1

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Wesley Riddle is a 29-year-old writer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina from Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has been part of the MMASucka team since the fourth quarter of 2016. Additionally, he serves as a writer with partner site Last Word on Motorsports.

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