UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2 main card staff predictions

Is this the card of the year? It very well could be. 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 lightweight fighter Ryan Rohovich (4-4). Never one to shy away from any fight, Rohovich has shared the cage with some of Canada’s toughest and most talented prospects in the division. Rohovich is expected to be back in the cage at BFL 70 in December for his first bout since 2018.

2021 standings thru UFC 267

1. Cole Shelton (119-70-3) N/A in 2020

T2. Cody Rempel (117-72-3) 11-9-1 in 2020

T2. Joel Griffith (117-72-3) 12-8-1 in 2020

4. Cooper Riehl (116-73-3) 13-7-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (109-80-3) N/A in 2020

6. Joe McDonagh (105-84-3) N/A in 2020

7. Guest picker (100-89-3) 10-10-1 in 2020

8. Dylan Bowker (97-92-3) N/A in 2020

Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

Cole Shelton: Kamaru Usman via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Kamaru Usman via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Kamaru Usman via knockout.

Kylan Knowler: Kamaru Usman via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Kamaru Usman via knockout.

Ryan Rohovich: Colby Covington via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Kamaru Usman via TKO.

Picks – Kamaru Usman: 7, Colby Covington: 1

Rose Namajunas vs. Weili Zhang

Cole Shelton: Rose Namajunas via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Rose Namajunas via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Weili Zhang via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Rose Namajunas via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Rose Namajunas via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Rose Namajunas via unanimous decision.

Ryan Rohovich: Rose Namajunas via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Rose Namajunas via submission.

Picks – Rose Namajunas: 7, Weili Zhang: 1

Frankie Edgar vs. Marlon Vera

Cole Shelton: Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Marlon Vera via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Marlon Vera via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Marlon Vera via unanimous decision.

Ryan Rohovich: Marlon Vera via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision.

Picks – Frankie Edgar: 4, Marlon Vera: 4

Shane Burgos vs. Billy Quarantillo

Cole Shelton: Shane Burgos via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Shane Burgos via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Shane Burgos via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Shane Burgos via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision.

Ryan Rohovich: Shane Burgos via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Shane Burgos via unanimous decision.

Picks – Shane Burgos: 6, Billy Quarantillo: 2

Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler

Cole Shelton: Justin Gaethje via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Justin Gaethje via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Michael Chandler via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Justin Gaethje via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Justin Gaethje via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Justin Gaethje via knockout.

Ryan Rohovich: Michael Chandler via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Michael Chandler via TKO.

Picks – Justin Gaethje: 5, Michael Chandler: 3