UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier main card staff predictions

Can Charles Oliveira defend his lightweight title? Will Julianna Pena upset Amanda Nunes? 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 welterweight prospect Cole Campbell (3-3). It’s been over two years since Campbell’s last action, a submission win over Dave Pogson at Unified MMA 38. Campbell returns to the cage next weekend at Unified MMA 42 where he will take on Chris Chapman.

2021 standings thru UFC on ESPN 31

1. Cole Shelton (131-79-3) N/A in 2020

T2. Cooper Riehl (130-80-3) 13-7-1 in 2020

T2. Joel Griffith (130-80-3) 12-8-1 in 2020

4. Cody Rempel (128-82-3) 11-9-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (123-87-3) N/A in 2020

6. Joe McDonagh (120-90-3) N/A in 2020

7. Guest picker (112-98-3) 10-10-1 in 2020

8. Dylan Bowker (108-102-3) N/A in 2020

Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier

Cole Shelton: Dustin Poirier via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Dustin Poirier via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Dustin Poirier via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Dustin Poirier via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Dustin Poirier via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Dustin Poirier via decision.

Cole Campbell: Dustin Poirier via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Dustin Poirier via TKO.

Picks – Charles Oliveira: 0, Dustin Poirier: 8

Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena

Cole Shelton: Amanda Nunes via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Amanda Nunes via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Amanda Nunes via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Amanda Nunes via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Amanda Nunes via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Amanda Nunes via knockout.

Cole Campbell: Amanda Nunes via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Julianna Pena via decision.

Picks – Amanda Nunes: 7, Julianna Pena: 1

Geoff Neal vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Cole Shelton: Geoff Neal via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Geoff Neal via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Cody Rempel: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Cole Campbell: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Santiago Ponzinibbio via TKO.

Picks – Geoff Neal: 2, Santiago Ponzinibbio: 6

Kai Kara-France vs. Cody Garbrandt

Cole Shelton: Kai Kara-France via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Cody Garbrandt via decision.

Joel Griffith: Cody Garbrandt via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Cody Garbrandt via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Cody Garbrandt via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Cody Garbrandt via knockout.

Cole Campbell: Cody Garbrandt via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Cody Garbrandt via TKO.

Picks – Kai Kara-France: 1, Cody Garbrandt: 7

Raulian Paiva vs. Sean O’Malley

Cole Shelton: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Sean O’Malley via decision.

Cody Rempel: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Sean O’Malley via decision.

Cole Campbell: Sean O’Malley via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Picks – Raulian Paiva: 0, Sean O’Malley: 8