UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2 main card staff predictions

Can Leon Edwards dethrone the long-time UFC welterweight champion? Will Paulo Costa land another vicious knockout? 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 middleweight prospect and UFC veteran KB Bhullar (11-4). Since his UFC departure, Bhullar has gone 3-2 in his quest back to the big show. Bhullar will be back in action again at Unified MMA 46 next month for a massive matchup with fellow UFC veteran Curtis Millender.

2022 standings thru UFC on ESPN 41

1. Jason Hagholm (95-54) N/A in 2021

T2. Joe McDonagh (94-55) 122-99-3 in 2021

T2. Kylan Knowler (94-55) 128-93-3 in 2021

4. Cole Shelton (92-57) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T5. Joel Griffith (91-58) 135-86-3 in 2021

T5. Cooper Riehl (91-58) 136-85-3 in 2021

7. Cody Rempel (90-59) 134-87-3 in 2021

8. Dylan Bowker (88-61) 113-108-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (81-68) 115-106-3 in 2021

Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards

Jason Hagholm: Kamaru Usman via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Kamaru Usman via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Kamaru Usman via decision.

Cole Shelton: Kamaru Usman via decision.

Joel Griffith: Kamaru Usman via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Kamaru Usman via decision.

Cody Rempel: Kamaru Usman via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Kamaru Usman via decision.

KB Bhullar: Leon Edwards via decision.

Picks – Kamaru Usman: 8, Leon Edwards: 1

Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold

Jason Hagholm: Paulo Costa via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Paulo Costa via knockout.

Kylan Knowler: Paulo Costa via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Paulo Costa via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Paulo Costa via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Paulo Costa via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Paulo Costa via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Luke Rockhold via decision.

KB Bhullar: Luke Rockhold via decision.

Picks – Paulo Costa: 7, Luke Rockhold: 2

Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili

Jason Hagholm: Merab Dvalishvili via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Merab Dvalishvili via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Jose Aldo via decision.

Cole Shelton: Jose Aldo via decision.

Joel Griffith: Merab Dvalishvili via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Jose Aldo via decision.

Cody Rempel: Jose Aldo via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Jose Aldo via decision.

KB Bhullar: Jose Aldo via decision.

Picks – Jose Aldo: 6, Merab Dvalishvili: 3

Wu Yanan vs. Lucie Pudilova

Jason Hagholm: Lucie Pudilova via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Lucie Pudilova via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Lucie Pudilova via decision.

Cole Shelton: Lucie Pudilova via decision.

Joel Griffith: Lucie Pudilova via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Lucie Pudilova via decision.

Cody Rempel: Lucie Pudilova via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Wu Yanan via decision.

KB Bhullar: Wu Yanan via decision.

Picks – Wu Yanan: 2, Lucie Pudilova: 7

Tyson Pedro vs. Harry Hunsucker

Jason Hagholm: Tyson Pedro via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Tyson Pedro via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Tyson Pedro via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Tyson Pedro via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Tyson Pedro via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Tyson Pedro via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Tyson Pedro via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Tyson Pedro via TKO.

KB Bhullar: Tyson Pedro via knockout.

Picks – Tyson Pedro: 9, Harry Hunsucker: 0