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MMASucka’s Contender Series 48 Staff Picks

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A new month is underway as our MMASucka staff picks continue on for the year ahead.

Dana White’s Contender Series 48 will begin in just a few hours tonight, August 2nd from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five fights will take place at the event beginning at 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT) live for subscribers on ESPN+.

Live results from the entire Dana White’s Contender Series 2022: Week 2 event will be available here at MMASucka.

The Fights

New York’s Charlie Campbell and Scotland’s Chris Duncan will meet in the featured main event of the night at 155 pounds. Campbell, most notably a standout from Longo and Weidman MMA, will look to secure his sixth straight victory since August of 2020. 29-year-old Duncan hopes to make the most of his second Contender Series fight after his October of 2021 fight with Viacheslav Borshchev would come by a second-round knockout defeat.

Flyweight prospects Shannon Ross and Vinicius Salvador look to fight tooth and nail in the close-pairing co-main event.

Three additional fights make up tonight’s fight card in Las Vegas. See further below for our Dana White’s Contender Series 48 staff picks.

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.

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 Dana White’s Contender Series 48 staff picks below.

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Staff Records after Dana White’s Contender Series 47:

1T. Wesley Riddle: 143-74
1T. Nate Freeman: 143-74
3. Michael DeSantis: 142-75
4T. Frazer Krohn: 137-80
4T. William Dong: 137-80
6. Julio Monteros Jr.: 136-70
7. Jeremy Brand: 132-79
8. Chris Presnell: 129-82
9. Andrew Benjamin: 125-92
10. Mike Lynch: 123-74
11. Tim Wheaton: 121-66
12. Brandon Joint: 109-69
13. Ash Camyab: 99-83
14. Jack Goodwillie: 94-38
15. Coby Weinsier: 87-47
16. Brian Knight: 86-63
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*
*Note – UFC 277 picks will be added to the above records NEXT weekend*


Billy Goff (7-2), -150
vs.
Shimon Smotritsky (8-1), +130

Welterweight Division
~ 170 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Goff via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Goff via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Goff via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Goff via Round 3 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Goff via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Goff via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Goff via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Goff via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Goff via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Goff via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Goff via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Goff via Round 1 TKO
Roemello Reyes: Goff via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Goff: 13
Staff picking Smotritsky: 0


Waldo Cortes-Acosta (6-0), -435
vs.
Danilo Suzart (9-1), +350

Heavyweight Division
~ 265 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Cortes-Acosta via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Cortes-Acosta via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Cortes-Acosta via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Suzart via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Suzart via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Cortes-Acosta via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Cortes-Acosta via Round 1 TKO
Chris Presnell: Cortes-Acosta via Round 1 TKO
William Dong: Cortes-Acosta via Round 1 TKO
Julio Monteros Jr.: Cortes-Acosta via Round 3 TKO
Brian Knight: Cortes-Acosta via Round 3 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Cortes-Acosta via Round 2 TKO
Roemello Reyes: Cortes-Acosta via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Cortes-Acosta: 11
Staff picking Suzart: 2


Francis Marshall (5-0), -135
vs.
Connor Matthews (5-0), +115

Featherweight Division
~ 145 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Marshall via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Marshall via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Marshall via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Marshall via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Marshall via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Marshall via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Marshall via Round 3 TKO
Chris Presnell: Matthews via Split Decision
William Dong: Marshall via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Marshall via Round 2 SUB
Brian Knight: Marshall via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Marshall via Round 2 SUB
Roemello Reyes: Marshall via Round 3 SUB

Staff picking Marshall: 12
Staff picking Matthews: 1


Shannon Ross (13-5), -255
vs.
Vinicius Salvador (13-4), +215

Flyweight Co-Main Event
~ 125 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Ross via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Ross via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Ross via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Salvador via Split Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Ross via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Salvador via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Ross via Round 3 TKO
Chris Presnell: Ross via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Ross via Unanimous Decision
Julio Monteros Jr.: Salvador via Round 2 TKO
Brian Knight: Salvador via Round 2 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Ross via Unanimous Decision
Roemello Reyes: Ross via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Ross: 9
Staff picking Salvador: 4


Charlie Campbell (6-1), -175
vs.
Chris Duncan (8-1), +150

Lightweight Main Event
~ 155 lbs. ~

Jeremy Brand: Campbell via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Campbell via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Campbell via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Duncan via Round 1 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Campbell via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Duncan via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Duncan via Split Decision
Chris Presnell: Campbell via Round 2 TKO
William Dong: Campbell via Round 1 TKO
Julio Monteros Jr.: Campbell via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Campbell via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Campbell via Unanimous Decision
Roemello Reyes: Campbell via Split Decision

Staff picking Campbell: 10
Staff picking Duncan: 3

*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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