UFC on ESPN 22: Whittaker vs. Gastelum main card staff predictions

Although not loaded with star power, UFC on ESPN 22 should be a good showcase for some up-and-coming talent, including the UFC debut of Canada’s own Lupita Godinez. 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 bantamweight Ali Wasuk (4-1), who is fresh off a second round submission win over Craig Maclean at BFL 66 last month. The victory set Wasuk up for a shot at the BFL bantamweight title in his next outing, likely this summer.

2021 standings thru UFC on ABC 2

1. Cody Rempel (37-23-1) 11-9-1 in 2020

T2. Joel Griffith (34-26-1) 12-8-1 in 2020

T2. Cole Shelton (34-26-1) N/A in 2020

T2. Cooper Riehl (34-26-1) 13-7-1 in 2020

T5. Kylan Knowler (30-30-1) N/A in 2020

T5. Dylan Bowker (30-30-1) N/A in 2020

T5. Guest picker (30-30-1) 10-10-1 in 2020

T5. Cody Davis (30-30-1) 11-9-1 in 2020

9. Joe McDonagh (23-37-1) N/A in 2020

Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Cody Rempel: Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Robert Whittaker via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision.

Ali Wasuk: Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision.

Cody Davis: Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Robert Whittaker via knockout. 

Picks – Robert Whittaker: 9, Kelvin Gastelum: 0

Jeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar Klose

Cody Rempel: Drakkar Klose via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Jeremy Stephens via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Drakkar Klose via split decision.

Dylan Bowker: Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision.

Ali Wasuk: Drakkar Klose via TKO.

Cody Davis: Jeremy Stephens via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Jeremy Stephens via knockout.

Picks – Jeremy Stephens: 3, Drakkar Klose: 6

Andrei Arlovski vs. Chase Sherman

Cody Rempel: Chase Sherman via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Chase Sherman via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Chase Sherman via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Andrei Arlovski via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Andrei Arlovski via TKO.

Ali Wasuk: Chase Sherman via knockout.

Cody Davis: Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Chase Sherman via unanimous decision.

Picks – Andrei Arlovski: 4, Chase Sherman: 5

Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoun

Cody Rempel: Abdul Razak Alhassan via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Abdul Razak Alhassan via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Abdul Razak Alhassan via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Jacob Malkoun via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Abdul Razak Alhassan via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Abdul Razak Alhassan via TKO.

Ali Wasuk: Abdul Razak Alhassan via TKO.

Cody Davis: Abdul Razak Alhassan via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Abdul Razak Alhassan via knockout.

Picks – Abdul Razak Alhassan: 8, Jacob Malkoun: 1

Luis Pena vs. Alexander Munoz

Cody Rempel: Luis Pena via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Luis Pena via submission.

Cole Shelton: Luis Pena via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Alexander Munoz via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Luis Pena via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Luis Pena via unanimous decision.

Ali Wasuk: Alexander Munoz via unanimous decision.

Cody Davis: Alexander Munoz via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Luis Pena via unanimous decision.

Picks – Luis Pena: 6, Alexander Munoz: 3