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Fan-favorite athletes look to put on a show as MMASucka staff picks sees its second fight-card of the weekend.

Later tonight, June 18 sees UFC on ESPN 37 set to take place from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. The venue makes its organizational debut as the UFC returns to the Lone Star State for the first time since February of 2018. Tonight’s main card will begin live at 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT) on ESPN for cable viewers and ESPN+ for subscribers.

Live results from the entire UFC on ESPN 37: Kattar vs. Emmett fight card are available here at MMASucka.

Also, be sure to recap our staff picks from Friday night’s PFL 4 2022 event in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Fights

A possible five rounds are in store between featherweights Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett in tonight’s main event.

Kattar will make his fifth UFC main event appearance in just his last six octagon walks, most recently decisioning Giga Chikadze in a dominant January performance. The New England Cartel talent will look for the 24th win of his near-15 year career. Kattar’s opponent, Emmett, has only faced defeat twice through 19 professional fights as his 20th bout tonight will be his biggest yet. Four straight victories including two by knockout have come since his lone promotional main event defeat to Jeremy Stephens in February of 2018.

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In the co-main event, Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon look to give it their all. The two combat veterans have competed a combined total of 97 MMA fights, 64 victories, and a finishing rate including both knockouts and submissions of nearly 83%. Cerrone aims to snap a five-fight skid searching for his first win in over three years while Lauzon returns to the cage after a two-plus year hiatus lastly finishing Jonathan Pearce by knockout in late 2019.

Find our MMASucka staff picks for the rest of the main card of UFC on ESPN 37 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.

Who are the MMASucka staff picking to win at UFC on ESPN 37: Kattar vs. Emmett?

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Staff Records after UFC 275:

1T. Wesley Riddle: 103-51
1T. Nate Freeman: 103-51
3. Michael DeSantis: 102-52
4. Jeremy Brand: 100-54
5. Frazer Krohn: 99-55
6T. Mike Lynch: 97-57
6T. William Dong: 97-57
8T. Chris Presnell: 95-59
8T. Julio Monteros Jr.: 95-48
10T. Brandon Joint: 93-55
10T. Tim Wheaton: 93-51
12. Andrew Benjamin: 91-63
13. Coby Weinsier: 87-47
14. Ash Camyab: 80-49
15. Jacek Okninski: 69-54
16. Brian Knight: 60-37
17. Chinyere Okafor: 56-26
18. Jack Goodwillie: 54-26
19. Matt Bricker: 24-22
20. Joe Porter: 11-5

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*
*Note – PFL 4 2022 picks will be added to the above records NEXT weekend*


Julian Marquez (9-2), +150
vs.
Gregory Rodrigues (11-4), -175

Middleweight Division
~ 185 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Marquez via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Rodrigues via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Rodrigues via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Marquez via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Marquez via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Rodrigues via Round 3 SUB
Mike Lynch: Rodrigues via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Rodrigues via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Marquez via Round 1 TKO
Brandon Joint: Marquez via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Rodrigues via Round 1 TKO
Chinyere Okafor: Marquez via Round 2 SUB
Julio Monteros Jr.: Rodrigues via Round 2 TKO
Brian Knight: Marquez via Round 1 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Marquez via Round 2 SUB

Staff picking Marquez: 8
Staff picking Rodrigues: 7


Damir Ismagulov (23-1), -180
vs.
Guram Kutateladze (12-2), +155

Lightweight Division
~ 155 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Ismagulov via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Ismagulov via Split Decision
Michael DeSantis: Kutateladze via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Kutateladze via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Kutateladze via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Ismagulov via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Kutateladze via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Kutateladze via Split Decision
Chris Presnell: Ismagulov via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Kutateladze via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Kutateladze via Unanimous Decision
Chinyere Okafor: Ismagulov via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Ismagulov via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Kutateladze via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Ismagulov via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Ismagulov: 7
Staff picking Kutateladze: 8


Joaquin Buckley (14-4), +195
vs.
Albert Duraev (15-3), -230

Middleweight Division
~ 185 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Duraev via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Duraev via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Duraev via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Duraev via Round 2 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Buckley via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Buckley via Round 3 TKO
Mike Lynch: Buckley via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Duraev via Round 2 TKO
Chris Presnell: Buckley via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Buckley via Round 2 TKO
William Dong: Duraev via Unanimous Decision
Chinyere Okafor: Buckley via Round 2 TKO
Julio Monteros Jr.: Buckley via Round 2 TKO
Brian Knight: Buckley via Round 2 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Buckley via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Buckley: 9
Staff picking Duraev: 6


Tim Means (32-12-1, 1 NC), +255
vs.
Kevin Holland (22-7, 1 NC), -305

Welterweight Division
~ 170 lbs. ~

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

Staff picking Means: 0
Staff picking Holland: 15


Donald Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC), -170
vs.
Joe Lauzon (28-16), +145

Lightweight Co-Main Event
~ 155 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Lauzon via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Lauzon via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Cerrone via Round 1 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Cerrone via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Cerrone via Split Decision
Chris Presnell: Lauzon via Round 1 TKO
Brandon Joint: Cerrone via Round 3 SUB
William Dong: Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
Chinyere Okafor: Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Cerrone via Round 2 TKO
Brian Knight: Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Lauzon via Round 1 SUB

Staff picking Cerrone: 11
Staff picking Lauzon: 4


Calvin Kattar (23-5), -240
vs.
Josh Emmett (17-2), +200

Featherweight Main Event
~ 145 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Emmett via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Kattar via Round 4 TKO
Mike Lynch: Kattar via Round 5 TKO
Nate Freeman: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Joint: Emmett via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Chinyere Okafor: Kattar via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Kattar via Round 3 TKO
Brian Knight: Emmett via Round 4 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Kattar via Round 4 TKO

Staff picking Kattar: 12
Staff picking Emmett: 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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