UFC on ESPN 21: Brunson vs. Holland main card staff predictions

Although this card for UFC on ESPN 21 may lack the star power we will next week at UFC 260, there are no shortage of low-key bangers to look forward to. 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 newly-crowned CFFC middleweight champion Aaron Jeffery (10-2). Just last weekend, Jeffery defeated fellow DWCS competitor Collin Huckbody via unanimous decision to add another strap to his collection. Jeffery has now won four straight since his setback on DWCS and is surely knocking on the UFC’s door once again.

2021 standings thru UFC Fight Night 187

T1. Cody Davis (26-19-1) 11-9-1 in 2020

T1. Cooper Riehl (26-19-1) 13-7-1 in 2020

T1. Cody Rempel (26-19-1) 11-9-1 in 2020

4. Joel Griffith (24-21-1) 12-8-1 in 2020

5. Cole Shelton (23-22-1) N/A in 2020

T6. Dylan Bowker (22-23-1) N/A in 2020

T6. Guest picker (22-23-1) 10-10-1 in 2020

8. Kylan Knowler (21-24-1) N/A in 2020

9. Joe McDonagh (16-29-1) N/A in 2020

Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland

Cody Davis: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Derek Brunson via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Aaron Jeffery: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Picks – Derek Brunson: 1, Kevin Holland: 8

Gregor Gillespie vs. Brad Riddell **CANCELLED**

Cody Davis: Brad Riddell via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Gregor Gillespie via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Gregor Gillespie via submission.

Cole Shelton: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Gregor Gillespie via submission.

Aaron Jeffery: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision.

Picks – Gregor Gillespie: 8, Brad Riddell: 1

Song Kenan vs. Max Griffin

Cody Davis: Song Kenan via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Max Griffin via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Song Kenan via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Max Griffin via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Max Griffin via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Max Griffin via unanimous decision.

Aaron Jeffery: Max Griffin via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Song Kenan via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Max Griffin via unanimous decision.

Picks – Song Kenan: 3, Max Griffin: 6

Cheyanne Buys vs. Montserrat Ruiz

Cody Davis: Montserrat Ruiz via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Montserrat Ruiz via submission.

Cody Rempel: Cheyanne Buys via submission.

Joel Griffith: Cheyanne Buys via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Cheyanne Buys via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Cheyanne Buys via unanimous decision.

Aaron Jeffery: Cheyanne Buys via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Cheyanne Buys via split decision.

Joe McDonagh: Cheyanne Buys via unanimous decision.

Picks – Cheyanne Buys: 7, Montserrat Ruiz: 2

Adrian Yanez vs. Gustavo Lopez

Cody Davis: Gustavo Lopez via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Adrian Yanez via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Adrian Yanez via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Adrian Yanez via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Adrian Yanez via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Gustavo Lopez via unanimous decision.

Aaron Jeffery: Adrian Yanez via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Adrian Yanez via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Adrian Yanez via unanimous decision.

Picks – Adrian Yanez: 7, Gustavo Lopez: 2

Tai Tuivasa vs. Harry Hunsucker

Cody Davis: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Tai Tuivasa via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Aaron Jeffery: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Kylan Knowler: Tai Tuivasa via split decision.

Joe McDonagh: Harry Hunsucker via TKO.

Picks – Tai Tuivasa: 8, Harry Hunsucker: 1