UFC 271: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 main card staff predictions

Can Robert Whittaker get his belt back in the rematch? Will Derrick Lewis add another knockout to his resume? 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 Josh Kwiatkowski (5-4). After rattling off four straight wins from 2019-2021, Kwiatkowski has dropped his last two contests to John Nguyen and Lucas Neufeld respectively. Always entertaining to watch, Kwiatkowski will look to be back in action and get back in the win column this spring.

2022 standings thru UFC Fight Night 200

1. Dylan Bowker (15-2) 113-108-3 in 2021

2. Cooper Riehl (14-3) 136-85-3 in 2021

T3. Joel Griffith (11-6) 135-86-3 in 2021

T3. Joe McDonagh (11-6) 122-99-3 in 2021

T5. Guest picker (9-8) 115-106-3 in 2021

T5. Cody Rempel (9-8) 134-87-3 in 2021

T5. Cole Shelton (9-8) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T5. Kylan Knowler (9-8) 128-93-3 in 2021

9. Jason Hagholm (8-9) N/A in 2021

Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker

Dylan Bowker: Israel Adesanya via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Robert Whittaker via decision.

Joel Griffith: Israel Adesanya via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Israel Adesanya via decision.

Josh Kwiatkowski: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Picks – Israel Adesanya: 8, Robert Whittaker: 1

Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa

Dylan Bowker: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Josh Kwiatkowski: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Kylan Knowler: Derrick Lewis via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Picks – Derrick Lewis: 8, Tai Tuivasa: 1

Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson

Dylan Bowker: Derek Brunson via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Jared Cannonier via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Jared Cannonier via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Jared Cannonier via knockout.

Josh Kwiatkowski: Derek Brunson via decision.

Cody Rempel: Derek Brunson via decision.

Cole Shelton: Jared Cannonier via knockout.

Kylan Knowler: Derek Brunson via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Jared Cannonier via decision.

Picks – Jared Cannonier: 5, Derek Brunson: 4

Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano

Dylan Bowker: Alexander Hernandez via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Alexander Hernandez via decision.

Joel Griffith: Alexander Hernandez via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Alexander Hernandez via decision.

Josh Kwiatkowski: Alexander Hernandez via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Renato Moicano via decision.

Cole Shelton: Alexander Hernandez via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Alexander Hernandez via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Renato Moicano via submission.

Picks – Alexander Hernandez: 7, Renato Moicano: 2

Bobby Green vs. Nasrat Haqparast

Dylan Bowker: Nasrat Haqparast via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Bobby Green via decision.

Joel Griffith: Bobby Green via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Nasrat Haqparast via decision.

Josh Kwiatkowski: Bobby Green via decision.

Cody Rempel: Nasrat Haqparast via decision.

Cole Shelton: Bobby Green via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Bobby Green via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Bobby Green via decision.

Picks – Bobby Green: 6, Nasrat Haqparast: 3