MMASucka’s UFC 264 Staff Picks

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After a two-week break, MMASucka staff picks are back for what should truly be a memorable night of fights. The stacked card of UFC 264 will take place later tonight, July 10 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Main card action will kick off live at 10:00pm ET (7:00pm PT) live for ESPN+ subscribers on pay-per-view.

Live results for all of UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor III can be found here at MMASucka.

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The Fights

Lightweights Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will meet in their trilogy bout for a potential five-rounds in tonight’s main event. Former two-division title holder McGregor took their first fight over with a knockout in September of 2014. Louisiana’s own and former divisional interim champion Poirier avenged the loss with a main event knockout in their second fight last January. The two have made their mark as greats of their respected division sharing wins over notables Max Holloway and Eddie Alvarez. Everything will be settled in tonight’s title eliminator bout, the winner next in line for a shot at current 155-pound king Charles Oliveira.

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In the co-main event, former welterweight title challengers Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson will faceoff for the first time. Also on the main card sees heavyweight favorite Tai Tuivasa and on-the-rise bantamweight contender of Sean O’Malley.

See all the remaining UFC 264 fights for our MMASucka staff 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 staff picks for the incredible UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor III pay-per-view below.

Staff Records after UFC Vegas 30:

1T. Wesley Riddle: 102-64
1T. Nate Freeman: 102-64
3. Michael DeSantis: 100-66
4. Frazer Krohn: 95-71
5. Jeremy Brand: 90-77
6. Ash Camyab: 89-68
7. Mike Lynch: 88-73
8. Mitchell Banuelos: 84-78
9T. Joshua Yule: 77-55
9T. Tim Wheaton: 77-57
11. Andrew Benjamin: 70-78
12. Kenny Lee: 68-58
13. Matt Bricker: 49-55
14. Brandon Joint: 28-15

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*

Sean O’Malley (13-1) vs. Kris Moutinho (9-4)

Jeremy Brand: O’Malley via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: O’Malley via UD
Michael DeSantis: O’Malley via Round 1 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: O’Malley via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: O’Malley via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Moutinho via UD
Frazer Krohn: O’Malley via Round 3 TKO
Mike Lynch: O’Malley via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: O’Malley via Round 1 TKO
Tim Wheaton: O’Malley via Round 1 TKO
Brandon Joint: O’Malley via Round 1 TKO
Maria Morales: O’Malley via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking O’Malley: 11
Staff picking Mouthinho: 1

Irene Aldana (12-6) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (14-5, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Aldana via UD
Wesley Riddle: Aldana via UD
Michael DeSantis: Kunitskaya via SD
Mitchell Banuelos: Aldana via UD
Ash Camyab: Aldana via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Kunitskaya via UD
Frazer Krohn: Aldana via UD
Mike Lynch: Kunitskaya via UD
Nate Freeman: Aldana via SD
Tim Wheaton: Kunitskaya via UD
Brandon Joint: Aldana via UD
Maria Morales: Aldana via UD

Staff picking Aldana: 8
Staff picking Kunitskaya: 4

Tai Tuivasa (12-3) vs. Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC)

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

Staff picking Tuivasa: 11
Staff picking Hardy: 1

Gilbert Burns (19-4) vs. Stephen Thompson (16-4-1)

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

Staff picking Burns: 2
Staff picking Thompson: 10

Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) vs. Conor McGregor (22-5)

Jeremy Brand: McGregor via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Poirier via Round 4 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Poirier via Round 3 SUB
Mitchell Banuelos: Poirier via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: McGregor via Round 3 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: McGregor via Round 2 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Poirier via UD
Mike Lynch: Poirier via Round 4 SUB
Nate Freeman: Poirier via SD
Tim Wheaton: Poirier via Round 4 SUB
Brandon Joint: Poirier via Round 3 TKO
Maria Morales: Poirier via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Poirier: 9
Staff picking McGregor: 3

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Wesley Riddle is a 25-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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