MMASucka’s UFC Vegas 21 Staff Picks

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MMASucka staff picks are locked in for another event of combat action. UFC Vegas 21 will take place later this evening, March 13 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will begin at 8:00 pm ET (5:00 pm PT) live for subscribers on ESPN+.

UFC Vegas 21:The Fights

In tonight’s main event, Leon Edwards will battle Belal Muhammad in the welterweight division. Edwards returns after a nearly two-year hiatus outside the octagon, having four fights unfortunately canceled within that time span. He will look to extend upon his dominant eight-fight win streak in hopes to receive a rematch and first career title shot against champion Kamaru Usman. His opponent, Muhammad, steps in on less than a month’s notice after Khamzat Chimaev’s exit from the featured slot. The former Titan FC champion will aim to steal the spotlight, fresh off a unanimous decision over Dhiego Lima just 28 days ago.

Xtreme Couture’s Misha Cirkunov and Fortis MMA’s Ryan Spann will faceoff at 205 pounds in the co-main event. Cirkunov returns to the octagon following his September 2019 submission over then-undefeated Jimmy Crute. Spann looks to get back in the win column after his string of eight straight victories was snapped to Johnny Walker last September.

See the remaining fights for our MMASucka staff picks for UFC Vegas 21 further below.

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UFC Vegas 21: Staff Picks

Throughout the calendar year, staff picks will be composed of main card fights from UFC and Bellator events. PFL will make its debut beginning in April, along with Dana White’s Contender Series in the summer.

The WINNER of staff picks in 2021 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or chain from Championship Chains. For the third straight year, Michael DeSantis captured the 2020 victory compiling a record of 201-88.

See below our staff is picking at UFC Vegas 21: Edwards vs. Muhammad.

Staff Records after UFC 259:

1. Wesley Riddle: 24-15
2. Michael DeSantis: 22-17
3T. Matt Bricker: 21-18
3T. Nate Freeman: 21-18
5T. Jeremy Brand: 20-19
5T. Mitchell Banuelos: 20-19
5T. Ash Camyab: 20-19
5T. Dan Rose: 20-19
9. Kenny Lee: 19-20
10. Frazer Krohn: 18-21
11. Joshua Yule: 17-22
12. Mike Lynch: 16-18
13. Andrew Benjamin: 14-25
14. Tim Wheaton: 8-2
15. Michael McKenzie: 5-5

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*

Eryk Anders (13-5) vs. Darren Stewart (12-6, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Stewart via UD
Wesley Riddle: Stewart via SD
Michael DeSantis: Stewart via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Anders via UD
Matt Bricker: Stewart via UD
Ash Camyab: Stewart via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Anders via UD
Frazer Krohn: Stewart via UD
Dan Rose: Stewart via Round 2 TKO
Mike Lynch: Anders via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Anders via SD
Joshua Yule: Stewart via Round 2 TKO
Kenny Lee: Stewart via UD
Tim Wheaton: Stewart via UD

Staff picking Anders: 4
Staff picking Stewart: 10

Manel Kape (15-5) vs. Matheus Nicolau (13-3-1)

Jeremy Brand: Kape via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Kape via UD
Michael DeSantis: Kape via Round 2 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Kape via UD
Matt Bricker: Kape via UD
Ash Camyab: Kape via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Kape via UD
Frazer Krohn: Kape via UD
Dan Rose: Kape via Round 1 TKO
Mike Lynch: Kape via UD
Nate Freeman: Kape via UD
Joshua Yule: Kape via Round 1 TKO
Kenny Lee: Kape via UD
Tim Wheaton: Kape via UD

Staff picking Kape: 14
Staff picking Nicolau: 0

Jonathan Martinez (13-3) vs. Davey Grant (12-4)

Jeremy Brand: Martinez via UD
Wesley Riddle: Martinez via Round 2 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Martinez via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Grant via UD
Matt Bricker: Martinez via UD
Ash Camyab: Martinez via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Martinez via UD
Frazer Krohn: Grant via Round 2 TKO
Dan Rose: Grant via UD
Mike Lynch: Martinez via UD
Nate Freeman: Martinez via UD
Joshua Yule: Martinez via UD
Kenny Lee: Martinez via UD
Tim Wheaton: Martinez via UD

Staff picking Martinez: 11
Staff picking Grant: 3

Dan Ige (14-3) vs. Gavin Tucker (13-1)

Jeremy Brand: Tucker via UD
Wesley Riddle: Ige via SD
Michael DeSantis: Ige via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Ige via UD
Matt Bricker: Tucker via SD
Ash Camyab: Tucker via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Ige via SD
Frazer Krohn: Ige via Round 2 SUB
Dan Rose: Tucker via Round 1 SUB
Mike Lynch: Ige via UD
Nate Freeman: Ige via UD
Joshua Yule: Ige via UD
Kenny Lee: Ige via UD
Tim Wheaton: Ige via UD

Staff picking Ige: 10
Staff picking Tucker: 4

Misha Cirkunov (15-5) vs. Ryan Spann (18-6)

Jeremy Brand: Cirkunov via Round 2 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Spann via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Cirkunov via Round 1 SUB
Mitchell Banuelos: Spann via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: Spann via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Spann via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Spann via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Spann via Round 1 TKO
Dan Rose: Spann via Round 3 TKO
Mike Lynch: Spann via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Spann via SD
Joshua Yule: Cirkunov via UD
Kenny Lee: Spann via UD
Tim Wheaton: Cirkunov via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Cirkunov: 4
Staff picking Spann: 10

Leon Edwards (18-3) vs. Belal Muhammad (18-3)

Jeremy Brand: Edwards via UD
Wesley Riddle: Edwards via Round 4 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Edwards via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Edwards via UD
Matt Bricker: Edwards via UD
Ash Camyab: Edwards via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Edwards via UD
Frazer Krohn: Edwards via Round 4 TKO
Dan Rose: Edwards via Round 3 TKO
Mike Lynch: Muhammad via Round 3 SUB
Nate Freeman: Edwards via UD
Joshua Yule: Edwards via Round 5 TKO
Kenny Lee: Edwards via UD
Tim Wheaton: Edwards via UD

Staff picking Edwards: 13
Staff picking Muhammad: 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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