UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira main card staff predictions

The first of back-to-back weekends with stacked cards is here and includes two title fights. The predictions from the MMA Empire team, along with our guest picker, can be found below for the five-fight main card.

Our guest picker for this event is Canadian featherweight prospect Nicky Heinrichs (0-0). After a quick run in the amateur ranks, Heinrichs is set to make his professional debut Dec. 18 at Tarps Off Fight Club 1 where he will take on Mostafa Al-Shammary.

2021 standings thru UFC Fight Night 196

1. Cole Shelton (114-69-3) N/A in 2020

T2. Cody Rempel (112-71-3) 11-9-1 in 2020

T2. Joel Griffith (112-71-3) 12-8-1 in 2020

T2. Cooper Riehl (112-71-3) 13-7-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (104-79-3) N/A in 2020

6. Joe McDonagh (99-84-3) N/A in 2020

7. Guest picker (95-88-3) 10-10-1 in 2020

8. Dylan Bowker (92-91-3) N/A in 2020

Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira

Cole Shelton: Jan Blachowicz via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Jan Blachowicz via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Jan Blachowicz via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Jan Blachowicz via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Jan Blachowicz via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision.

Nicky Heinrichs: Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Glover Teixeira via submission.

Picks – Jan Blachowicz: 5, Glover Teixeira: 3

Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen

Cole Shelton: Petr Yan via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Petr Yan via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Petr Yan via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Petr Yan via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Petr Yan via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Petr Yan via knockout.

Nicky Heinrichs: Petr Yan via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Cory Sandhagen via TKO.

Picks – Petr Yan: 7, Cory Sandhagen: 1

Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker

Cole Shelton: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Dan Hooker via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Nicky Heinrichs: Dan Hooker via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Picks – Islam Makhachev: 6, Dan Hooker: 2

Alexander Volkov vs. Marcin Tybura

Cole Shelton: Alexander Volkov via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Alexander Volkov via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Alexander Volkov via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Alexander Volkov via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision.

Nicky Heinrichs: Alexander Volkov via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision.

Picks – Alexander Volkov: 8, Marcin Tybura: 0

Li Jingliang vs. Khamzat Chimaev

Cole Shelton: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Khamzat Chimaev via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Khamzat Chimaev via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Khamzat Chimaev via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Khamzat Chimaev via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Khamzat Chimaev via knockout.

Nicky Heinrichs: Khamzat Chimaev via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Khamzat Chimaev via unanimous decision.

Picks – Li Jingliang: 0, Khamzat Chimaev: 8

Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir

Cole Shelton: Magomed Ankalaev via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Magomed Ankalaev via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Magomed Ankalaev via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Magomed Ankalaev via knockout.

Nicky Heinrichs: Magomed Ankalaev via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Picks – Magomed Ankalaev: 8, Volkan Oezdemir: 0