UFC 276: Adesanya vs. Cannonier main card staff predictions

Will Israel Adesanya defend his title yet again? Can Alexander Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway for a third straight time? 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 amateur bantamweight fighter Kevin Ostiguy (5-3). Although he dropped his most recent outing, Ostiguy was on a four-fight tear prior to that. With a solid amateur career in his back pocket, Ostiguy will be well-prepared for whenever he makes his professional debut.

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1. Jason Hagholm (74-38) N/A in 2021

2. Kylan Knowler (73-39) 128-93-3 in 2021

T3. Joe McDonagh (72-40) 122-99-3 in 2021

T3. Cooper Riehl (72-40) 136-85-3 in 2021

T5. Dylan Bowker (71-41) 113-108-3 in 2021

T5. Cole Shelton (71-41) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T5. Cody Rempel (71-41) 134-87-3 in 2021

8. Joel Griffith (68-44) 135-86-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (61-51) 115-106-3 in 2021

Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier

Jason Hagholm: Israel Adesanya via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Israel Adesanya via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Kevin Ostiguy: Israel Adesanya via TKO.

Picks – Israel Adesanya: 9, Jared Cannonier: 0

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway

Jason Hagholm: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Max Holloway via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Max Holloway via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Max Holloway via decision.

Cole Shelton: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Cody Rempel: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Joel Griffith: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Kevin Ostiguy: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Picks – Alexander Volkanovski: 6, Max Holloway: 3

Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira

Jason Hagholm: Alex Pereira via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Alex Pereira via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Alex Pereira via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Sean Strickland via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Sean Strickland via decision.

Cole Shelton: Alex Pereira via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Sean Strickland via decision.

Joel Griffith: Sean Strickland via decision.

Kevin Ostiguy: Sean Strickland via decision.

Picks – Sean Strickland: 5, Alex Pereira: 4

Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena

Jason Hagholm: Robbie Lawler via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Bryan Barberena via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Bryan Barberena via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Robbie Lawler via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Robbie Lawler via decision.

Cole Shelton: Robbie Lawler via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Robbie Lawler via decision.

Joel Griffith: Bryan Barberena via decision.

Kevin Ostiguy: Bryan Barberena via decision.

Picks – Robbie Lawler: 5, Bryan Barberena: 4

Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O’Malley

Jason Hagholm: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Pedro Munhoz via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Sean O’Malley via decision.

Joel Griffith: Sean O’Malley via decision.

Kevin Ostiguy: Sean O’Malley via TKO.

Picks – Pedro Munhoz: 1, Sean O’Malley: 8