UFC Fight Night 196: Costa vs. Vettori main card staff predictions

After a wild couple days regarding the contracted weight for the main event, Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori is a go at 205 pounds. 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 Chris Chapman (4-2). After a solid 6-2 amateur career, Chapman has kicked off his professional career in similar fashion, most recently a third round TKO victory over Ali Charkie at Unified MMA 41. Chapman will be back in the cage again Dec. 17 at Unified MMA 42 where he will face Cole Campbell.

2021 standings thru UFC Fight Night 195

1. Cole Shelton (111-67-2) N/A in 2020

T2. Joel Griffith (108-70-2) 12-8-1 in 2020

T2. Cooper Riehl (108-70-2) 13-7-1 in 2020

4. Cody Rempel (107-71-2) 11-9-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (99-79-2) N/A in 2020

6. Joe McDonagh (95-83-2) N/A in 2020

7. Guest picker (92-86-2) 10-10-1 in 2020

8. Dylan Bowker (89-89-2) N/A in 2020

Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori

Cole Shelton: Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Marvin Vettori via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Marvin Vettori via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Paulo Costa via knockout.

Chris Chapman: Marvin Vettori via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision.

Picks – Paulo Costa: 1, Marvin Vettori: 7

Grant Dawson vs. Ricky Glenn

Cole Shelton: Grant Dawson via submission.

Joel Griffith: Grant Dawson via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Grant Dawson via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Grant Dawson via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Grant Dawson via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Grant Dawson via knockout.

Chris Chapman: Ricky Glenn via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Grant Dawson via unanimous decision.

Picks – Grant Dawson: 7, Ricky Glenn: 1

Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Joselyne Edwards

Cole Shelton: Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision.

Chris Chapman: Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision.

Picks – Jessica-Rose Clark: 8, Joselyne Edwards: 0

Alex Caceres vs. Seung Woo Choi

Cole Shelton: Seung Woo Choi via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Seung Woo Choi via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Seung Woo Choi via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Alex Caceres via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Alex Caceres via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Alex Caceres via unanimous decision.

Chris Chapman: Seung Woo Choi via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Seung Woo Choi via unanimous decision.

Picks – Alex Caceres: 3, Seung Woo Choi: 5

Dwight Grant vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Cole Shelton: Dwight Grant via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Francisco Trinaldo via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Francisco Trinaldo via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision.

Chris Chapman: Dwight Grant via split decision.

Dylan Bowker: Dwight Grant via TKO.

Picks – Dwight Grant: 3, Francisco Trinaldo: 5

Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Ike Villanueva

Cole Shelton: Nicolae Negumereanu via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Nicolae Negumereanu via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Nicolae Negumereanu via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Nicolae Negumereanu via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Nicolae Negumereanu via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Nicolae Negumereanu via TKO.

Chris Chapman: Nicolae Negumereanu via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Nicolae Negumereanu via submission.

Picks – Nicolae Negumereanu: 8, Ike Villanueva: 0