UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev main card staff predictions

Will Magomed Ankalaev finally become a UFC champion? Can Paddy Pimblett continue his winning ways? 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 Keanan Patershuk (2-0). It was a massive 2022 for Patershuk as he competed six times, going 4-0 as an amateur and recently kicking off his professional career 2-0. His most recent outing was a first round TKO victory over Keanan Kellar at BFL 75.

2022 standings thru UFC on ESPN 42

1. Kylan Knowler (133-76) 128-93-3 in 2021

2. Joel Griffith (131-78) 135-86-3 in 2021

3. Jason Hagholm (130-79) N/A in 2021

4. Cole Shelton (129-80) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T5. Cooper Riehl (126-83) 136-85-3 in 2021

T5. Cody Rempel (126-83) 134-87-3 in 2021

T5. Joe McDonagh (126-83) 122-99-3 in 2021

8. Dylan Bowker (120-89) 113-108-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (110-99) 115-106-3 in 2021

Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Kylan Knowler: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Magomed Ankalaev via submission.

Cole Shelton: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Cody Rempel: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Magomed Ankalaev via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Keanan Patershuk: Magomed Ankalaev via knockout.

Picks – Jan Blachowicz: 0, Magomed Ankalaev: 9

Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon

Kylan Knowler: Paddy Pimblett via submission.

Joel Griffith: Paddy Pimblett via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Jared Gordon via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Paddy Pimblett via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Paddy Pimblett via submission.

Cody Rempel: Paddy Pimblett via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Jared Gordon via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Paddy Pimblett via decision.

Keanan Patershuk: Paddy Pimblett via submission.

Picks – Paddy Pimblett: 7, Jared Gordon: 2

Alex Morono vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Kylan Knowler: Santiago Ponzinibbio via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Santiago Ponzinibbio via knockout.

Jason Hagholm: Santiago Ponzinibbio via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Cody Rempel: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Santiago Ponzinibbio via TKO.

Keanan Patershuk: Alex Morono via decision.

Picks – Alex Morono: 1, Santiago Ponzinibbio: 8

Darren Till vs. Dricus Du Plessis

Kylan Knowler: Dricus Du Plessis via submission.

Joel Griffith: Darren Till via knockout.

Jason Hagholm: Dricus Du Plessis via decision.

Cole Shelton: Darren Till via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Darren Till via decision.

Cody Rempel: Dricus Du Plessis via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Darren Till via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Darren Till via decision.

Keanan Patershuk: Darren Till via knockout.

Picks – Darren Till: 6, Dricus Du Plessis: 3

Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria

Kylan Knowler: Ilia Topuria via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Ilia Topuria via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Ilia Topuria via decision.

Cole Shelton: Ilia Topuria via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Bryce Mitchell via decision.

Cody Rempel: Ilia Topuria via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Ilia Topuria via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Bryce Mitchell via decision.

Keanan Patershuk: Ilia Topuria via TKO.

Picks – Bryce Mitchell: 2, Ilia Topuria: 7