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MMASucka’s Contender Series 51 Staff Picks

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MMASucka staff picks carry on as ten fighters look for a promotional contract with the UFC.

Later tonight, August 23rd, sees Dana White’s Contender Series 51 set for action from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada for the fifth event of ten total this calendar year in the promotion’s sixth season. The fights will begin live at 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT) live on ESPN+.

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Results from Dana White’s Contender Series 51 will be available here at MMASucka.

Be sure to recap our staff picks from the weekend’s PFL 9 2022 playoffs event from London and UFC 278 from Salt Lake City.

The Fights

Heavyweight undefeated hopefuls Eduardo Neves and Michael Parkin will square off in the featured three-round main event. Five straight knockouts including three in the first round and two, most recently, under the LFA banner have propelled 22-year-old Neves to his shot at joining the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion. The United Kingdom’s Parkin out of TFT MMA has finished all thirteen of his professional and amateur opponents by knockout with twelve in the very first round.

In the co-main event, recent GFC title winner Amiran Gogoladze takes on striking talent Darrius Flowers at 170 pounds with both opponents looking for a fourth straight win to add to their resume.

Three additional fights will take place at Dana White’s Contender Series 51 including youthful EFC bantamweight champion Cameron Saaiman and 2021 Contender Series winner Erisson Ferreira. See our staff picks for the entire event 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.

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 staff picks for Dana White’s Contender Series 51 below.

Staff Records after Dana White’s Contender Series 50

1. Nate Freeman: 171-89
2. Wesley Riddle: 170-90
3. Michael DeSantis: 167-93
4. Frazer Krohn: 166-94
5. William Dong: 163-97
6. Jeremy Brand: 159-95
7. Chris Presnell: 151-103
8. Julio Monteros Jr.: 149-81
9. Andrew Benjamin: 148-111
10. Tim Wheaton: 138-82
11. Mike Lynch: 123-74
12. Brandon Joint: 111-72
13. Brian Knight: 109-50
14. Ash Camyab: 105-77
15. Coby Weinsier: 87-47
16. Chinyere Okafor: 72-38
17. Jacek Okninski: 70-58
18. Roemello Reyes: 27-16
19. Matt Bricker: 24-22
20. Joe Porter 11-5
21. Ben Jamieson: 9-10

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*
*Note – PFL 9 2022 & UFC 278 picks will be added to the above records NEXT weekend*


Denise Gomes (5-1), -265
vs.
Rayanne Amanda (11-5), +225

Strawweight Division
– 115 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Gomes via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Gomes via Round 2 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Gomes via Round 2 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Gomes via Round 2 SUB
Nate Freeman: Gomes via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Amanda via Round 2 SUB
William Dong: Gomes via Unanimous Decision
Roemello Reyes: Gomes via Round 3 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Gomes via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Gomes: 8
Staff picking Amanda: 1


Josh Wang-Kim (5-1), -225
vs.
Cameron Saaiman (5-0), +190

Bantamweight Division
– 135 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Wang-Kim via Round 2 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Wang-Kim via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Wang-Kim via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Wang-Kim via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Wang-Kim via Round 2 TKO
Chris Presnell: Wang-Kim via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Wang-Kim via Unanimous Decision
Roemello Reyes: Wang-Kim via Unanimous Decision
Ben Jamieson: Wang-Kim via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Wang-Kim: 9
Staff picking Saaiman: 0


Erisson Ferreira (11-1), -170
vs.
Jesus Santos Aguilar (7-1), +145

Bantamweight Division
– 125 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Ferreira via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Santos Aguilar via Split Decision
Michael DeSantis: Ferreira via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Ferreira via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Santos Aguilar via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Ferreira via Unanimous Decision
William Dong: Ferreira via Round 2 TKO
Roemello Reyes: Ferreira via Round 2 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Ferreira via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Ferreira: 7
Staff picking Santos Aguilar: 2


Amiran Gogoladze (14-2), -285
vs.
Darrius Flowers (11-5-1), +240

Welterweight Co-Main Event
– 170 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Gogoladze via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Gogoladze via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Gogoladze via Round 2 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Gogoladze via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Gogoladze via Round 2 TKO
Chris Presnell: Gogoladze via Round 1 SUB
William Dong: Gogoladze via Round 1 TKO
Roemello Reyes: Gogoladze via Round 2 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Gogoladze via Round 2 SUB

Staff picking Gogoladze: 9
Staff picking Flowers: 0


Eduardo Neves (5-0), -190
vs.
Michael Parkin (5-0), +160

Heavyweight Main Event
– 265 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Neves via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Neves via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Neves via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Neves via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Neves via Round 1 TKO
Chris Presnell: Neves via Round 1 TKO
William Dong: Neves via Round 1 TKO
Roemello Reyes: Neves via Round 1 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Neves via Round 3 TKO

Staff picking Neves: 9
Staff picking Parkin: 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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