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MMASucka staff picks return after a week-break to kick off a new month of 2022.

Kicking off June sees UFC Vegas 56, also titled as UFC Fight Night 207, begin in just a few short hours from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will begin at an earlier start time of 4:00pm ET (1:00pm PT) live for subscribers on ESPN+.

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Stay tuned to MMASucka for live results from the entire UFC Vegas 56: Volkov vs. Rozenstruik fight card.

The Fights

Top-ranked heavyweights Alexander Volkov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik look to bounce back big in tonight’s featured main event.

Volkov is set for his fifth UFC main event appearance since 2020 and his seventh main event through 13 promotional fights. The 33-year-old former Bellator champion aims for his first win of the year after suffering a first-round submission loss to Tom Aspinall in March. His opponent, one-year-elder Rozenstruik, also looks to rebound following a three-round decision defeat to Curtis Blaydes last September. The Surinamese talent has collected twelve victories through 15 mixed martial art bouts finishing all but one his wins by knockout.

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In the co-main event, Hawaii’s Dan Ige will meet Russia’s Movsar Evloev at 145 pounds.  Ige hopes to avoid three-straight defeats searching for his first win since March of 2021 where he made quick work of Gavin Tucker by knockout. Former M-1 bantamweight champion Evloev remains undefeated in search today of his 16th professional victory.

Who are the MMASucka staff picking to win at UFC Vegas 56? Find out 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 included for PFL MMA. Dana White’s Contender Series will be composed of the entire fight card; dates for this promotion’s return 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.

See our UFC Vegas 56: Volkov vs. Rozenstruik staff picks below.

Staff Records after after UFC Vegas 55:

1. Michael DeSantis: 96-48
2. Nate Freeman: 95-49
3. Wesley Riddle: 94-50
4. Jeremy Brand: 92-52
5. Frazer Krohn: 90-54
6T. Mike Lynch: 89-55
6T. William Dong: 89-55
8T. Chris Presnell: 87-57
8T. Coby Weinsier: 87-47
8T. Julio Monteros Jr.: 87-46
11T. Andrew Benjamin: 86-58
11T. Tim Wheaton: 86-48
11T. Brandon Joint: 86-52
14. Ash Camyab: 80-49
15. Jacek Okninski: 69-54
16. Chinyere Okafor: 56-26
17. Brian Knight: 55-32
18. Jack Goodwillie: 46-24
19. Matt Bricker: 24-22
20. Joe Porter: 8-4

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*


Ode Osbourne (10-4, 1 NC), -195
vs.
Zarrukh Adashev (4-3), +165

Flyweight Division, 125 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Osbourne via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Osbourne via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Osbourne via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Osbourne via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Osbourne via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Osbourne via Round 3 TKO
Nate Freeman: Osbourne via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Osbourne via Round 1 TKO
Chris Presnell: Osbourne via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Osbourne via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Osbourne via Round 1 TKO
Julio Monteros Jr.: Osbourne via Round 2 TKO
Brian Knight: Osbourne via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Osbourne via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Osbourne: 14
Staff picking Adashev: 0


Alonzo Menifield (11-3), -250
vs.
Askar Mozharov (19-12), +200

Light Heavyweight Division, 205 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Menifield via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Menifield via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Menifield via Round 1 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Menifield via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Menifield via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Menifield via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Menifield via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Mozharov via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Menifield via Round 1 TKO
Brandon Joint: Menifield via Round 2 TKO
William Dong: Menifield via Round 2 TKO
Julio Monteros Jr.: Menifield via Round 2 TKO
Brian Knight: Menifield via Round 2 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Menifield via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Menifield: 14
Staff picking Mozharov: 0


Karine Silva (14-4), -125
vs.
Poliana Botelho (8-4), +105

Flyweight Division, 125 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Silva via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Silva via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Botelho via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Botelho via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Botelho via Round 3 SUB
Mike Lynch: Silva via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Silva via Split Decision
Tim Wheaton: Silva via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Botelho via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Botelho via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Silva via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Silva via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Botelho via Split Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Silva via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Silva: 8
Staff picking Botelho: 6


Michael Trizano (10-2), -225
vs.
Lucas Almeida (13-1), +185

Featherweight Division, 145 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Trizano via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Trizano via Split Decision
Michael DeSantis: Trizano via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Almeida via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Almeida via Round 2 TKO
Mike Lynch: Trizano via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Trizano via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Almeida via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Almeida via Round 2 TKO
Brandon Joint: Almeida via Round 2 TKO
William Dong: Trizano via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Trizano via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Trizano via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Trizano via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Trizano: 9
Staff picking Almeida: 5


Dan Ige (15-5), +300
vs.
Movsar Evloev (15-0), -400

Featherweight Co-Main Event, 145 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Ige via Split Decision
Frazer Krohn: Evloev via Split Decision
Mike Lynch: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Evloev via Split Decision
Tim Wheaton: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Evloev via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Ige via Round 2 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Evloev via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Ige: 2
Staff picking Evloev: 12


Alexander Volkov (34-10), -160
vs.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3), +140

Heavyweight Main Event, 265 lbs.

Jeremy Brand: Rozenstruik via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Rozenstruik via Round 3 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Rozenstruik via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Rozenstruik via Round 5 TKO
Nate Freeman: Rozenstruik via Round 2 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Rozenstruik via Round 2 TKO
Brandon Joint: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Rozenstruik via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Rozenstruik via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Rozenstruik via Round 4 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Rozenstruik via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Volkov: 4
Staff picking Rozenstruik: 10

*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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