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A slower but exciting fight day it will be for our MMASucka staff picks.

One card for our yearly endeavor takes place this weekend with UFC Vegas 58, also titled as UFC on ESPN 39. The action takes place tonight, July 9 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Six fights make up the main card beginning at 9:00pm ET (6:00pm PT) on both ESPN and ESPN+.

Live results from UFC Vegas 58: dos Anjos vs. Fiziev will be available here at MMASucka.

The Fights

Lightweight ranked talents Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev will meet in the featured main event of the night. Although sharing first names, the two sit at different spots in their UFC careers as the each look to display their set of skills in a possible 25-minute battle.

Former divisional champion dos Anjos looks to continue the climb back towards the 155-peak as he makes his fifth main event appearance in his last six octagon meetings. A November of 2020 win of Paul Felder and a March of this year win of Renato Moicano puts the Brazilian one step closer towards a possible title shot once more. dos Anjos’s opponent, Fiziev, makes his sixth promotional walk tonight in a professional career dating only back to 2015. The 29-year-old Azerbaijani looks for his sixth straight win since his only defeat to Magomed Mustafaev in mid-2019.

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In the co-main event, Caio Borralho and Armen Petrosyan hope for a big performance in their biggest career fights. Borralho targets a second UFC victory after ending the undefeated run of Gadzhi Omargadzhiev in April. Petrosyan aims for the same having a successful start to his promotional tenure taking a split decision in February over Gregory Rodrigues.

One main card pairing between Cynthia Calvillo and Nina Nunes was pulled from the event earlier this morning (Saturday) due to a stomach virus. In turn, only five fights from the main card will be counted towards our picks. Who are the MMASucka taking at UFC Vegas 58?

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.

Find our UFC Vegas 58: dos Anjos vs. Fiziev staff picks below.

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Staff Records after UFC 276:

1T. Wesley Riddle: 129-63
1T. Nate Freeman: 129-63
3. Michael DeSantis: 126-66
4. Frazer Krohn: 124-68
5. Julio Monteros Jr.: 122-59
6. Mike Lynch: 121-71
7T. William Dong: 120-72
7T. Jeremy Brand: 120-66
9. Chris Presnell: 114-72
10T. Andrew Benjamin: 113-79
10T. Tim Wheaton: 113-58
12. Brandon Joint: 102-61
13. Ash Camyab: 93-64
14. Coby Weinsier: 87-47
15. Jack Goodwillie: 82-36
16. Brian Knight: 77-51
17. Chinyere Okafor: 72-38
18. Jacek Okninski: 69-54
19. Matt Bricker: 24-22
20. Joe Porter: 11-5

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*


Michael Johnson (21-17), +190
vs.
Jamie Mullarkey (14-5), -225

Lightweight Division
~ 155 lbs. ~

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

Staff picking Johnson: 4
Staff picking Mullarkey: 10


Jared Vanderaa (12-8), -195
vs.
Chase Sherman (15-10), +165

Heavyweight Division
~ 265 lbs. ~

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

Staff picking Vanderaa: 12
Staff picking Sherman: 2


Douglas Silva de Andrade (28-4, 1 NC), +370
vs.
Said Nurmagomedov (15-2), -460

Bantamweight Division
~ 135 lbs. ~

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

Staff picking de Andrade: 0
Staff picking Nurmagomedov: 14


Caio Borralho (11-1, 1 NC), -230
vs.
Armen Petrosyan (7-1), +195

Middleweight Co-Main Event
~ 185 lbs. ~

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

Staff picking Borralho: 10
Staff picking Petrosyan: 4


Rafael dos Anjos (31-13), +175
vs.
Rafael Fiziev (11-1), -205

Lightweight Main Event
~ 155 lbs. ~

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

Staff picking dos Anjos: 10
Staff picking Fiziev: 5

*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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