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MMASucka staff picks are set for the final event of March.

A solid lineup of fights is in store for UFC Fight Night 205 taking place in just a few hours this evening, March 26 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. This marks the promotion’s second straight “Fight Night” away from the usual UFC Apex in Las Vegas and their return to the state’s capital for the first time since UFC 96 in March of 2009. Six fights will take place on the main card beginning at 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT) live on both ESPN and ESPN+.

MMASucka staff picks will return in two weeks with UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie on Saturday, April 9.

Results from the entire fight card of UFC Fight Night 205: Blaydes vs. Daukaus are available here at MMASucka.

The Fights

Heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus will meet in the scheduled five-round main event.

Elevation Fight Team’s Blaydes looks for his second-straight win following a September decision of Jairzinho Rozenstruik. With only three professional defeats to Francis Ngannou (twice) and Derrick Lewis through 19 career bouts, the talented wrestler looks to keep defeats at a minimum hoping for one breakout performance to get him closer to a potential title shot. Blaydes’s opponent, Philadelphia’s Daukaus, is hoping to rebound after his fourth career defeat in his first UFC main event to Derrick Lewis last December. The knockout loss snapped a five-fight streak of knockout wins including four under the promotional banner.

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Flyweight favorites look to steal the show in tonight’s featured co-main event between Joanne Wood and Alexa Grasso. Former multi-champion kickboxer Wood sits in desperate need for a victory following back-to-back defeats in 2021 to Lauren Murphy and Taila Santos. 28-year-old Grasso comes in the opposite with two straight wins in her first fight in over a year after securing a unanimous decision over Maycee Barber in early 2021.

Also on the main card sees striking veteran Matt Brown, undefeated former ACB flyweight champion Askar Askarov, and rising talent Viacheslav Borschev take on their respected opponents. Find our MMASucka staff picks for UFC Fight Night 205 further below.

Staff Picks

Staff picks in 2022 will follow the same set of rules from the 2021 season. Throughout the calendar year, staff picks will be composed of main card fights from both UFC and Bellator events. Main card fights and selected preliminary fights will be selected for PFL MMA. Dana White’s Contender Series will be composed of the entire fight card.

Dates for the return of both PFL MMA and Dana White’s Contender Series in 2022 are soon-to-be announced.

The WINNER of staff picks in 2022 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or a chain from Championship Chains. A winner is determined simply by the individual correctly picking the most victorious fighters at the year’s end. Nate Freeman secured his first victory with MMASucka in 2021 with a compiled record 243-136.

Who are the staff picking to win at UFC Fight Night 205: Blaydes vs. Daukaus? Find out below.

1. Jeremy Brand: 43-20
2T. Michael DeSantis: 42-21
2T. Andrew Benjamin: 42-21
2T. Frazer Krohn: 42-21
2T. Nate Freeman: 42-21
2T. Brandon Joint: 42-15
7T. Wesley Riddle: 41-22
7T. William Dong: 41-22
7T. Tim Wheaton: 41-18
7T. Chinyere Okafor: 41-18
11. Mike Lynch: 40-23
12. Julio Monteros Jr.: 39-24
13T. Ash Camyab: 38-25
13T. Chris Presnell: 38-25
15. Coby Weinsier: 37-20
16. Jacek Okninski: 36-27
17. Matt Bricker: 12-8
18. Jack Goodwillie: 6-0
19T. Brian Knight: 5-1
19T. Joe Porter: 5-1

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*


Marc Diakiese (14-5), +120
vs.
Viacheslav Borshchev (6-1), -140

Lightweight Division, 155 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Diakiese via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Borshchev via Split Decision
Michael DeSantis: Diakiese via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Diakiese via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Diakiese via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Diakiese via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Borshchev via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Borshchev via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Borshchev via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Diakiese via Unanimous Decision
Coby Weinsier: Diakiese via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Borshchev via Unanimous Decision
Jacek Okninski: Borshchev via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Borshchev via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Borshchev via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Borshchev via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Diakiese: 7
Staff picking Borshchev: 9


Askar Askarov (14-0-1), -450
vs.
Kai Kara-France (23-9, 1 NC), +340

Flyweight Division, 125 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Kara-France via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Askarov via Split Decision
Michael DeSantis: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Askarov via Split Decision
Frazer Krohn: Kara-France via Split Decision
Mike Lynch: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Askarov via Split Decision
Tim Wheaton: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Coby Weinsier: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Jacek Okninski: Kara-France via Round 3 TKO
William Dong: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Askarov via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Kara-France via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Askarov: 12
Staff picking Kara-France: 4


Matt Brown (25-18), -110
vs.
Bryan Barberena (16-8), -110

Welterweight Division, 170 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Barberena via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Brown via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Brown via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Barberena via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Brown via Round 2 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Brown via Round 2 TKO
Mike Lynch: Barberena via Round 3 TKO
Nate Freeman: Brown via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Brown via Round 3 TKO
Chris Presnell: Brown via Round 2 TKO
Coby Weinsier: Brown via Round 2 TKO
Brandon Joint: Brown via Round 2 TKO
Jacek Okninski: Brown via Round 1 TKO
William Dong: Brown via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Brown via Round 3 TKO
Brian Knight: Barberena via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Brown: 12
Staff picking Barberena: 4


Joanne Wood (15-7), +220
vs.
Alexa Grasso (13-3), -275

Flyweight Co-Main Event, 125 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Wood via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Grasso via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Grasso via Split Decision
Coby Weinsier: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Jacek Okninski: Wood via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Grasso via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Grasso via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Wood: 2
Staff picking Grasso: 14


Curtis Blaydes (15-3, 1 NC), -510
vs.
Chris Daukaus (12-4), +375

Heavyweight Main Event, 265 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Blaydes via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Blaydes via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Blaydes via Round 3 TKO
Ash Camyab: Blaydes via Round 1 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Blaydes via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Blaydes via Round 3 TKO
Mike Lynch: Blaydes via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Blaydes via Round 2 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Blaydes via Round 3 TKO
Chris Presnell: Blaydes via Unanimous Decision
Coby Weinsier: Blaydes via Round 4 TKO
Brandon Joint: Blaydes via Unanimous Decision
Jacek Okninski: Blaydes via Round 4 TKO
William Dong: Blaydes via Round 4 TKO
Julio Monteros Jr.: Blaydes via Round 3 TKO
Brian Knight: Blaydes via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Blaydes: 16
Staff picking Daukaus: 0

*Fight Odds from DraftKings*

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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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