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A stacked night of fights is in store for our MMASucka staff picks.

UFC Vegas 60, also titled as UFC Fight Night 210, will begin in just a few short hours this evening, September 17th from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Six pairings will lead the main card beginning at 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT) live on ESPN+ for subscribers.

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Live results from the entire UFC Vegas 60: Sandhagen vs. Song event will be available here at MMASucka.

Also, stay tuned to MMASucka this upcoming Tuesday the 20th for our staff picks from Dana White’s Contender Series 55.

The Fights

Top-ranked bantamweight (135 pounds) fighters Cory Sandhagen and Song Yadong are set for a possible five rounds in tonight’s featured main event.

Sandhagen will be making his eleventh octagon walk since his promotional debut in January of 2018, having stayed a dangerous throughout in his run towards the peak of the division. The Aurora, Colorado native stays ready for victory having dropped two-straight main event appearances in-a-row; most recently, an interim title defeat to former divisional champion Petr Yan. Sandhagen’s opponent, Yadong, represents Team Alpha Male as arguably their leading talent with ten wins in his last twelve professional fights. A victory tonight from the 24-year-old would be his fourth straight since August of 2021 and a likely ticket towards his first UFC championship opportunity.

In the co-main event, finishers Chidi Njokuani and Gregory Rodrigues will square off in the middleweight division (185 pounds). Njokuani, the younger brother of former WEC and UFC fighter Anthony Njokuani, targets a fifth straight knockout and his second in the promotion after signing last year following his Contender Series victory over Mario Sousa. Former LFA middleweight champion Rodrigues looks to make quick work again after his “Performance of the Night” knockout of Julian Marquez in June.

Three additional fights make up the main card including 2022 Contender Series contract winner Joseph Pyfer and former LFA middleweight champion Anthony Hernandez. Find our UFC Vegas 60 staff picks 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.

See our UFC Vegas 60: Sandhagen vs. Song picks below.


Staff Records after Dana White’s Contender Series 54:

1. Nate Freeman: 197-103
2. Wesley Riddle: 196-104
3. Frazer Krohn: 195-105
4. Michael DeSantis: 192-108
5. Jeremy Brand: 179-115
6. William Dong: 173-106
7. Chris Presnell: 167-117
8. Julio Monteros Jr.: 163-92
9. Andrew Benjamin: 162-126
10. Tim Wheaton: 154-91
11. Mike Lynch: 123-74
12. Brian Knight: 121-86
13. Brandon Joint: 115-74
14. Jack Goodwillie: 114-56
15. Ash Camyab: 105-77
16. Coby Weinsier: 87-47
17. Chinyere Okafor: 72-38
18. Jacek Okninski: 70-58
19. Roemello Reyes: 54-29
20. Ben Jamieson: 25-19
21. Matt Bricker: 24-22
22. Joe Porter: 11-5

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*


Anthony Hernandez (9-2), -205
vs.
Marc-Andre Barriault (14-5, 1 NC), +175

Middleweight Division
– 185 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Barriault via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Hernandez via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Hernandez via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Hernandez via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Hernandez via Round 2 SUB
Nate Freeman: Hernandez via Round 2 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Hernandez via Round 3 TKO
Chris Presnell: Hernandez via Round 1 SUB
Brian Knight: Hernandez via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Hernandez via Unanimous Decision
Ben Jamieson: Hernandez via Round 3 SUB

Staff picking Hernandez: 10
Staff picking Barriault: 1


Tanner Boser (20-8-1), -180
vs.
Rodrigo Nascimento (8-1, 1 NC), +155

Heavyweight Division
– 265 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Boser via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Boser via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Boser via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Boser via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Boser via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Boser via Round 2 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Nascimento via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Boser via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Nascimento via Round 2 SUB
Jack Goodwillie: Nascimento via Round 2 SUB
Ben Jamieson: Boser via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Boser: 8
Staff picking Nascimento: 3


Joe Pyfer (8-2), -540
vs.
Alen Amedovski (8-3), +420

Middleweight Division
– 185 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Pyfer via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Pyfer via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Pyfer via Round 1 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Pyfer via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Pyfer via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Pyfer via Round 1 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Pyfer via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Pyfer via Round 1 TKO
Brian Knight: Pyfer via Round 1 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Pyfer via Round 1 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Pyfer via Round 1 SUB

Staff picking Pyfer: 11
Staff picking Amedovski: 0


Andre Fili (21-9), -125
vs.
Bill Algeo (16-6), +105

Featherweight Division
– 145 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Fili via Round 2 Submission
Wesley Riddle: Algeo via Split Decision
Michael DeSantis: Algeo via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Algeo via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Algeo via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Algeo via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Fili via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Fili via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Algeo via Split Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Algeo via Unanimous Decision
Ben Jamieson: Fili via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Fili: 4
Staff picking Algeo: 7


Chidi Njokuani (22-7), -130
vs.
Gregory Rodrigues (12-4), +110

Middleweight Co-Main Event
– 185 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Njokuani via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Njokuani via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Rodrigues via Round 2 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Njokuani via Round 2 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Njokuani via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Njokuani via Split Decision
Tim Wheaton: Njokuani via Round 3 TKO
Chris Presnell: Njokuani via Round 2 TKO
Brian Knight: Njokuani via Round 2 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Njokuani via Round 1 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Njokuani via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Njokuani: 10
Staff picking Rodrigues: 1


Cory Sandhagen (14-4), -200
vs.
Song Yadong (19-6-1, 1 NC), +170

Bantamweight Main Event
– 135 lbs. –

Jeremy Brand: Sandhagen via Round 4 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Sandhagen via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Sandhagen via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Sandhagen via Split Decision
Frazer Krohn: Sandhagen via Round 4 TKO
Nate Freeman: Sandhagen via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Yadong via Round 4 TKO
Chris Presnell: Yadong via Unanimous Decision
Brian Knight: Sandhagen via Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Sandhagen via Unanimous Decision
Ben Jamieson: Sandhagen via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Sandhagen: 9
Staff picking Yadong: 2

*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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