UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane main card staff predictions

Can Ciryl Gane become the new undisputed heavyweight champion? Can Brandon Moreno keep his flyweight title? 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 bantamweight veteran Jesse Arnett (18-8). With several high-level wins and consistently accepting fights against the toughest of competition, Arnett remains one of Canada’s best fighters yet to receive a crack on the big stage. Look for Arnett to be back in action early this year under the UAE Warriors banner.

2022 standings thru UFC on ESPN 32

1. Joe McDonagh (5-1) 122-99-3 in 2021

T2. Cooper Riehl (4-2) 136-85-3 in 2021

T2. Joel Griffith (4-2) 135-86-3 in 2021

T2. Dylan Bowker (4-2) 113-108-3 in 2021

T5. Cole Shelton (3-3) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T5. Kylan Knowler (3-3) 128-93-3 in 2021

T5. Guest picker (3-3) 115-106-3 in 2021

8. Cody Rempel (2-4) 134-87-3 in 2021

9. Jason Hagholm (1-5) N/A in 2021

Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane

Joe McDonagh: Francis Ngannou via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Francis Ngannou via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Ciryl Gane via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Francis Ngannou via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Ciryl Gane via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Francis Ngannou via knockout.

Jesse Arnett: Ciryl Gane via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Ciryl Gane via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Ciryl Gane via TKO.

Picks – Francis Ngannou: 4, Ciryl Gane: 5

Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

Joe McDonagh: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Joel Griffith: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Deiveson Figueiredo via decision.

Cole Shelton: Deiveson Figueiredo via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Jesse Arnett: Brandon Moreno via submission.

Cody Rempel: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Deiveson Figueiredo via decision.

Picks – Brandon Moreno: 6, Deiveson Figueiredo: 3

Michel Pereira vs. Andre Fialho

Joe McDonagh: Michel Pereira via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Michel Pereira via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Michel Pereira via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Michel Pereira via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Michel Pereira via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Michel Pereira via TKO.

Jesse Arnett: Andre Fialho via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Michel Pereira via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Michel Pereira via TKO.

Picks – Michael Pereira: 8, Andre Fialho: 1

Cody Stamann vs. Said Nurmagomedov

Joe McDonagh: Cody Stamann via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Joel Griffith: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Cole Shelton: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Jesse Arnett: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Cody Rempel: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Said Nurmagomedov via submission.

Picks – Cody Stamann: 1, Said Nurmagomedov: 8

Michael Morales vs. Trevin Giles

Joe McDonagh: Trevin Giles via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Michael Morales via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Michael Morales via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Michael Morales via decision.

Cole Shelton: Trevin Giles via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Trevin Giles via decision.

Jesse Arnett: Trevin Giles via decision.

Cody Rempel: Michael Morales via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Trevin Giles via TKO.

Picks – Michael Morales: 4, Trevin Giles: 5