UFC Fight Night 203: Santos vs. Ankalaev main card staff predictions

Can Magomed Ankalaev continue his ascent up the light heavyweight division rankings? Can Marlon Moraes snap his losing skid? 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 amateur middleweight prospect John Moore (3-3). Having fought some of the best on the amateur scene, Moore is fresh off a win at Unified MMA 41 in his first action since before the start of the pandemic. Keep an eye out for Moore’s next bout this year.

2022 standings thru UFC 272

1. Dylan Bowker (27-10) 113-108-3 in 2021

2. Cooper Riehl (26-11) 136-85-3 in 2021

T3. Joe McDonagh (24-13) 122-99-3 in 2021

T3. Cody Rempel (24-13) 134-87-3 in 2021

5. Guest picker (23-14) 115-106-3 in 2021

T6. Jason Hagholm (22-15) N/A in 2021

T6. Cole Shelton (22-15) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T6. Kylan Knowler (22-15) 128-93-3 in 2021

T6. Joel Griffith (22-15) 135-86-3 in 2021

Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Dylan Bowker: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Magomed Ankalaev via decision.

Cody Rempel: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

John Moore: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Magomed Ankalaev via submission.

Cole Shelton: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Magomed Ankalaev via TKO.

Picks – Thiago Santos: 0, Magomed Ankalaev: 9

Marlon Moraes vs. Song Yadong

Dylan Bowker: Marlon Moraes via decison.

Cooper Riehl: Song Yadong via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Song Yadong via decision.

Cody Rempel: Song Yadong via TKO.

John Moore: Song Yadong via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Song Yadong via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Song Yadong via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Song Yadong via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Song Yadong via TKO.

Picks – Marlon Moraes: 1, Song Yadong: 8

Sodiq Yusuff vs. Alex Caceres

Dylan Bowker: Sodiq Yusuff via decison.

Cooper Riehl: Sodiq Yusuff via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Sodiq Yusuff via decison.

Cody Rempel: Sodiq Yusuff via decison.

John Moore: Alex Caceres via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Sodiq Yusuff via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Sodiq Yusuff via decison.

Kylan Knowler: Alex Caceres via decision.

Joel Griffith: Sodiq Yusuff via decison.

Picks – Sodiq Yusuff: 7, Alex Caceres: 2

Khalil Rountree vs. Karl Roberson

Dylan Bowker: Khalil Rountree via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Karl Roberson via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Khalil Rountree via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Khalil Rountree via decision.

John Moore: Khalil Rountree via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Karl Roberson via decision.

Cole Shelton: Khalil Rountree via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Khalil Rountree via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Karl Roberson via decision.

Picks – Khalil Rountree: 6, Karl Roberson: 3

Drew Dober vs. Terrance McKinney

Dylan Bowker: Terrance McKinney via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Terrance McKinney via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Drew Dober via decision.

Cody Rempel: Drew Dober via TKO.

John Moore: Drew Dober via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Terrance McKinney via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Drew Dober via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Terrance McKinney via decision.

Joel Griffith: Terrance McKinney via submission.

Picks – Drew Dober: 4, Terrance McKinney: 5

Alex Pereira vs. Bruno Silva

Dylan Bowker: Alex Pereira via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Alex Pereira via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Alex Pereira via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Alex Pereira via knockout.

John Moore: Alex Pereira via knockout.

Jason Hagholm: Alex Pereira via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Alex Pereira via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Alex Pereira via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Alex Pereira via TKO.

Picks – Alex Pereira: 9, Bruno Silva: 0