UFC 277: Pena vs. Nunes 2 main card staff predictions

Can Julianna Pena make it 2-for-2 against Amanda Nunes? Will Brandon Moreno become the UFC interim flyweight champion? 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 prospect Scott Hudson (13-5-1). Having won six straight fights dating all the way back to 2018, Hudson is riding one of the hottest winning streaks on the Canadian MMA scene. His most recent win was a hard-fought split decision over Xavier Nash at BTC 14 earlier this year. Stay tuned for Hudson’s next fight announcement later this year.

2022 standings thru UFC Fight Night 208

1. Kylan Knowler (85-48) 128-93-3 in 2021

T2. Cole Shelton (84-49) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T2. Jason Hagholm (84-49) N/A in 2021

4. Joe McDonagh (83-50) 122-99-3 in 2021

5. Cooper Riehl (82-51) 136-85-3 in 2021

T6. Joel Griffith (81-52) 135-86-3 in 2021

T6. Dylan Bowker (81-52) 113-108-3 in 2021

T6. Cody Rempel (81-52) 134-87-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (73-60) 115-106-3 in 2021

Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes

Kylan Knowler: Amanda Nunes via decision.

Cole Shelton: Amanda Nunes via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Amanda Nunes via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Amanda Nunes via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Amanda Nunes via decision.

Joel Griffith: Amanda Nunes via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Julianna Pena via decision.

Cody Rempel: Amanda Nunes via TKO.

Scott Hudson: Amanda Nunes via decision.

Picks – Julianna Pena: 1, Amanda Nunes: 8

Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France

Kylan Knowler: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Cole Shelton: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Brandon Moreno via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Brandon Moreno via submission.

Joel Griffith: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Brandon Moreno via decision.

Cody Rempel: Brandon Moreno via submission.

Scott Hudson: Kai Kara-France via knockout.

Picks – Brandon Moreno: 8, Kai Kara-France: 1

Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich

Kylan Knowler: Derrick Lewis via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Jason Hagholm: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Derrick Lewis via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Sergei Pavlovich via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Scott Hudson: Derrick Lewis via knockout.

Picks – Derrick Lewis: 8, Sergei Pavlovich: 1

Alexandre Pantoja vs. Alex Perez

Kylan Knowler: Alexandre Pantoja via submission.

Cole Shelton: Alexandre Pantoja via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Alexandre Pantoja via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Alexandre Pantoja via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Alexandre Pantoja via decision.

Joel Griffith: Alexandre Pantoja via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Alexandre Pantoja via decision.

Cody Rempel: Alexandre Pantoja via decision.

Scott Hudson: Alexandre Pantoja via decision.

Picks – Alexandre Pantoja: 9, Alex Perez: 0

Magomed Ankalaev vs. Anthony Smith

Kylan Knowler: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Joel Griffith: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Anthony Smith via decision.

Cody Rempel: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Scott Hudson: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Picks – Magomed Ankalaev: 8, Anthony Smith: 1