UFC 279: Diaz vs. Ferguson main card staff predictions

Can Nate Diaz get one last win in the UFC cage? Will Khamzat Chimaev continue to roll? 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 women’s bantamweight prospect Melissa Croden (4-1). One of Canada’s most promising female prospects to make the jump to the big stage next, Croden is fresh off winning the Pallas Athena WFC bantamweight title at Pallas Athena WFC 2, her first professional title. Keep an eye out for her next bout announcement as she continues her UFC push.

2022 standings thru UFC Fight Night 209

1. Jason Hagholm (103-56) N/A in 2021

2. Joe McDonagh (101-58) 122-99-3 in 2021

T3. Joel Griffith (100-59) 135-86-3 in 2021

T3. Kylan Knowler (100-59) 128-93-3 in 2021

T5. Cooper Riehl (98-61) 136-85-3 in 2021

T5. Cole Shelton (98-61) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

7. Cody Rempel (96-63) 134-87-3 in 2021

8. Dylan Bowker (92-67) 113-108-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (85-74) 115-106-3 in 2021

Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson

Jason Hagholm: Nate Diaz via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Nate Diaz via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Tony Ferguson via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Tony Ferguson via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Nate Diaz via decision.

Cole Shelton: Nate Diaz via decision.

Cody Rempel: Nate Diaz via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Nate Diaz via decision.

Melissa Croden: Nate Diaz via decision.

Picks – Nate Diaz: 7, Tony Ferguson: 2

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland

Jason Hagholm: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Kevin Holland via decision.

Joel Griffith: Khamzat Chimaev via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Khamzat Chimaev via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Khamzat Chimaev via decision.

Cole Shelton: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Khamzat Chimaev via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Melissa Croden: Khamzat Chimaev via decision.

Picks – Khamzat Chimaev: 8, Kevin Holland: 1

Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Jason Hagholm: Daniel Rodriguez via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Li Jingliang via decision.

Joel Griffith: Daniel Rodriguez via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Li Jingliang via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Li Jingliang via decision.

Cole Shelton: Daniel Rodriguez via decision.

Cody Rempel: Daniel Rodriguez via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Li Jingliang via decision.

Melissa Croden: Li Jingliang via TKO.

Picks – Li Jingliang: 5, Daniel Rodriguez: 4

Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson

Jason Hagholm: Irene Aldana via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Macy Chiasson via decision.

Joel Griffith: Macy Chiasson via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Irene Aldana via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Macy Chiasson via decision.

Cole Shelton: Irene Aldana via decision.

Cody Rempel: Irene Aldana via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Irene Aldana via decision.

Melissa Croden: Irene Aldana via submission.

Picks – Irene Aldana: 6, Macy Chiasson: 3

Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba

Jason Hagholm: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Ion Cutelaba via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Johnny Walker via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Johnny Walker via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Johnny Walker via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Ion Cutelaba via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Johnny Walker via TKO.

Melissa Croden: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Picks – Johnny Walker: 4, Ion Cutelaba: 5