UFC Fight Night 216: Cannonier vs. Strickland main card staff predictions

Can Sean Strickland bounce back from his loss to Alex Pereira? Will Damir Ismagulov remain undefeated in the UFC? The predictions from the MMA Empire team, along with our guest picker, can be found below for the six-fight main card.

Our guest picker for this event is Canadian welterweight prospect Bobby Poulter (4-1). After suffering his first defeat of his career, Poulter bounced back in dominant fashion with a first round TKO finish of Nelly Thompson at BTC 16. Poulter will be a name to keep an eye on as we head into 2023.

2022 standings thru UFC 282

1. Kylan Knowler (137-76) 128-93-3 in 2021

2. Joel Griffith (134-79) 135-86-3 in 2021

3. Jason Hagholm (133-80) N/A in 2021

4. Cole Shelton (132-81) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

5. Cody Rempel (130-83) 134-87-3 in 2021

T6. Cooper Riehl (128-85) 136-85-3 in 2021

T6. Joe McDonagh (128-85) 122-99-3 in 2021

8. Dylan Bowker (122-91) 113-108-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (112-101) 115-106-3 in 2021

Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland

Kylan Knowler: Jared Cannonier via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Sean Strickland via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Jared Cannonier via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Sean Strickland via decision.

Cody Rempel: Jared Cannonier via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Jared Cannonier via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Jared Cannonier via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Sean Strickland via decision.

Bobby Poulter: Jared Cannonier via TKO.

Picks – Jared Cannonier: 6, Sean Strickland: 3

Arman Tsarukyan vs. Damir Ismagulov

Kylan Knowler: Arman Tsarukyan via submission.

Joel Griffith: Arman Tsarukyan via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Damir Ismagulov via decision.

Cole Shelton: Arman Tsarukyan via decision.

Cody Rempel: Arman Tsarukyan via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Arman Tsarukyan via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Damir Ismagulov via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Arman Tsarukyan via decision.

Bobby Poulter: Arman Tsarukyan via decision.

Picks – Arman Tsarukyan: 7, Damir Ismagulov: 2

Amir Albazi vs. Alessandro Costa

Kylan Knowler: Amir Albazi via submission.

Joel Griffith: Alessandro Costa via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Alessandro Costa via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Amir Albazi via submission.

Cody Rempel: Amir Albazi via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Amir Albazi via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Amir Albazi via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Amir Albazi via decision.

Bobby Poulter: Amir Albazi via submission.

Picks – Amir Albazi: 7, Alessandro Costa: 2

Alex Caceres vs. Julian Erosa

Kylan Knowler: Julian Erosa via submission.

Joel Griffith: Julian Erosa via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Julian Erosa via decision.

Cole Shelton: Julian Erosa via submission.

Cody Rempel: Julian Erosa via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Julian Erosa via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Julian Erosa via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Julian Erosa via decision.

Bobby Poulter: Julian Erosa via decision.

Picks – Alex Caceres: 0, Julian Erosa: 9

Drew Dober vs. Bobby Green

Kylan Knowler: Bobby Green via decision.

Joel Griffith: Drew Dober via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Bobby Green via decision.

Cole Shelton: Drew Dober via decision.

Cody Rempel: Bobby Green via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Bobby Green via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Drew Dober via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Bobby Green via decision.

Bobby Poulter: Drew Dober via decision.

Picks – Drew Dober: 4, Bobby Green: 5

Cody Brundage vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

Kylan Knowler: Michal Oleksiejczuk via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Michal Oleksiejczuk via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Cody Brundage via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Cody Brundage via submission.

Cody Rempel: Michal Oleksiejczuk via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Cody Brundage via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Cody Brundage via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Cody Brundage via decision.

Bobby Poulter: Michal Oleksiejczuk via TKO.

Picks – Cody Brundage: 5, Michal Oleksiejczuk: 4