UFC Fight Night 197: Holloway vs. Rodriguez main card staff predictions

After being spoiled with the stacked UFC 268 card last weekend, we now get a UFC Fight Night card with plenty of intriguing matchups. 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 featherweight and UFC fighter Kyle Nelson (13-4). After kicking off his UFC career with a short notice test against Diego Ferreira, Nelson has not shied away from the tough challenges, having shared the cage most recently with Billy Quarantillo. Look for Nelson to make his lightweight debut in early 2022.

2021 standings thru UFC 268

1. Cole Shelton (123-71-3) N/A in 2020

2. Cody Rempel (121-73-3) 11-9-1 in 2020

T3. Cooper Riehl (120-74-3) 13-7-1 in 2020

T3. Joel Griffith (120-74-3) 12-8-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (113-81-3) N/A in 2020

6. Joe McDonagh (109-85-3) N/A in 2020

7. Guest picker (103-91-3) 10-10-1 in 2020

8. Dylan Bowker (100-94-3) N/A in 2020

Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez

Cole Shelton: Max Holloway via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Max Holloway via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Max Holloway via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Max Holloway via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Max Holloway via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Max Holloway via TKO.

Kyle Nelson: Max Holloway via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Max Holloway via TKO.

Picks – Max Holloway: 8, Yair Rodriguez: 0

Ben Rothwell vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Cole Shelton: Ben Rothwell via submission.

Cody Rempel: Ben Rothwell via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Ben Rothwell via split decision.

Joe McDonagh: Ben Rothwell via knockout.

Kyle Nelson: Ben Rothwell via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision.

Picks – Ben Rothwell: 7, Marcos Rogerio de Lima: 1

Felicia Spencer vs. Leah Letson

Cole Shelton: Felicia Spencer via submission.

Cody Rempel: Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision.

Kyle Nelson: Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision.

Picks – Felicia Spencer: 8, Leah Letson: 0

Miguel Baeza vs. Khaos Williams

Cole Shelton: Khaos Williams via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Miguel Baeza via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Miguel Baeza via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Miguel Baeza via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Khaos Williams via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Khaos Williams via unanimous decision.

Kyle Nelson: Khaos Williams via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Miguel Baeza via TKO.

Picks – Miguel Baeza: 4, Khaos Williams: 4

Song Yadong vs. Julio Arce

Cole Shelton: Song Yadong via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Julio Arce via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Julio Arce via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Song Yadong via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Song Yadong via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Song Yadong via unanimous decision.

Kyle Nelson: Song Yadong via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Song Yadong via unanimous decision.

Picks – Song Yadong: 6, Julio Arce: 2