MMASucka’s UFC Vegas 29 Staff Picks

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An incredible lineup of fights is in store tonight for our MMASucka staff picks. UFC Vegas 29, also titled UFC on ESPN 25, will take place this evening, June 19 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will kick off at 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT) live on ESPN.

Check out our staff picks from Thursday’s PFL 5 2021, our first event from this week.

UFC Vegas 29 Fights

A main event to remember could be in store between top-ranked, featherweight talents Chan Sung Jung and Dan Ige.

Sung Jung will make his tenth UFC appearance tonight in his 23rd mixed martial arts bout. The former title challenger has put together some of the most memorable bouts in history, dating back to his 2010 pairing with Leonard Garcia and 2012 victory of Dustin Poirier. Sung Jung looks to return in a big way, dropping all five rounds in a decision loss to Brian Ortega last October.

His opponent, Ige, has captured the eyes of many since his octagon debut at the beginning of 2018. The Hawaiian has only faced defeat twice in the promotion, a stretch of six-straight wins being snapped last year versus Calvin Kattar. Ige targets a fast climb up the 145-pound ladder, most recently ending Gavin Tucker’s night with a 22-second knockout in March.

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Veteran will take on youth in the co-main event as Aleksei Oleinik and Sergey Spivak meet in the heavyweight division. 43-year-old Oleinik will fight in MMA for the 76th time looking to snap a two-fight knockout skid. 26-year-old Spivak hopes for a third-straight win, lastly defeating Contender Series standout Jared Vanderaa.

Check out all of our UFC Vegas 29 fights and picks further below.

Staff Picks

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

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 our UFC Vegas 29: Jung vs. Ige staff picks below.

Staff Records after UFC 263:

1T. Wesley Riddle: 86-55
1T. Nate Freeman: 86-55
3. Michael DeSantis: 84-57
4. Frazer Krohn: 82-59
5T. Jeremy Brand: 77-65
5T. Joshua Yule: 77-55
7. Ash Camyab: 76-56
8. Mike Lynch: 73-63
9. Mitchell Banuelos: 69-68
10. Kenny Lee: 63-55
11. Andrew Benjamin: 62-65
12. Tim Wheaton: 61-46
13. Matt Bricker: 49-55
14. Brandon Joint: 13-5

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*
*Note – PFL 5 2021 picks will be added to the above records NEXT weekend*

Matt Brown (24-18) vs. Dhiego Lima (17-8)

Jeremy Brand: Lima via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Lima via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Lima via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Lima via UD
Ash Camyab: Brown via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Brown via Round 2 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Lima via UD
Mike Lynch: Lima via UD
Nate Freeman: Lima via UD
Tim Wheaton: Brown via UD
Brandon Joint: Lima via UD

Staff picking Brown: 3
Staff picking Lima: 8

Wellington Turman (16-4) vs. Bruno Silva (19-6)

Jeremy Brand: Silva via UD
Wesley Riddle: Silva via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Silva via Round 1 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Silva via UD
Ash Camyab: Silva via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Silva via UD
Frazer Krohn: Silva via UD
Mike Lynch: Silva via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Silva via UD
Tim Wheaton: Silva via UD
Brandon Joint: Turman via UD

Staff picking Turman: 1
Staff picking Silva: 10

Julian Erosa (25-9) vs. Seung Woo Choi (9-3)

Jeremy Brand: Woo Choi via UD
Wesley Riddle: Erosa via SD
Michael DeSantis: Erosa via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Erosa via UD
Ash Camyab: Erosa via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Erosa via UD
Frazer Krohn: Erosa via Round 2 TKO
Mike Lynch: Erosa via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Erosa via SD
Tim Wheaton: Woo Choi via UD
Brandon Joint: Erosa via Round 2 SUB

Staff picking Erosa: 9
Staff picking Woo Choi: 2

Marlon Vera (16-7-1) vs. Davey Grant (13-4)

Jeremy Brand: Grant via UD
Wesley Riddle: Vera via UD
Michael DeSantis: Vera via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Grant via UD
Ash Camyab: Vera via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Vera via SD
Frazer Krohn: Vera via UD
Mike Lynch: Grant via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Vera via SD
Tim Wheaton: Grant via Round 3 TKO
Brandon Joint: Vera via UD

Staff picking Vera: 7
Staff picking Grant: 4

Aleksei Oleinik (59-15-1) vs. Segey Spivak (12-2)

Jeremy Brand: Spivak via UD
Wesley Riddle: Spivak via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Spivak via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Oleinik via Round 2 SUB
Ash Camyab: Oleinik via Round 1 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Oleinik via Round 2 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Oleinik via UD
Mike Lynch: Spivak via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Spivak via Round 1 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Oleinik via Round 1 SUB
Brandon Joint: Spivak via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Oleinik: 5
Staff picking Spivak: 6

Chan Sung Jung (16-6) vs. Dan Ige (15-3)

Jeremy Brand: Ige via UD
Wesley Riddle: Ige via Round 4 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Sung Jung via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Sung Jung via UD
Ash Camyab: Sung Jung via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Ige via UD
Frazer Krohn: Sung Jung via SD
Mike Lynch: Sung Jung via UD
Nate Freeman: Ige via SD
Tim Wheaton: Sung Jung via Round 3 TKO
Brandon Joint: Sung Jung via UD

Staff picking Sung Jung: 7
Staff picking Ige: 4

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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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