UFC on ESPN 23: Reyes vs. Prochazka main card staff predictions

Regardless of how the rest of the UFC on ESPN 23 card plays out, the main event between Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka is sure to deliver fireworks. In addition, two Canadians will be in action with Randa Markos taking on Luana Pinheiro and KB Bhullar squaring off with Andreas Michailidis. 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 featherweight prospect Lucas Neufeld (5-1). Shortly after signing on with Iridium Sports Agency, Neufeld signed his next bout agreement and will take on another fast-rising featherweight prospect in Josh Kwiatkowski at BFL 67.

2021 standings thru UFC 261

1. Cody Rempel (42-27-1) 11-9-1 in 2020

2. Cooper Riehl (41-28-1) 13-7-1 in 2020

3. Cole Shelton (39-30-1) N/A in 2020

4. Joel Griffith (38-31-1) 12-8-1 in 2020

5. Dylan Bowker (37-32-1) N/A in 2020

6. Kylan Knowler (35-34-1) N/A in 2020

T7. Guest picker (34-35-1) 10-10-1 in 2020

T7. Cody Davis (34-35-1) 11-9-1 in 2020

9. Joe McDonagh (28-41-1) N/A in 2020

Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka

Cody Rempel: Jiri Prochazka via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Jiri Prochazka via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Dominick Reyes via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Jiri Prochazka via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Jiri Prochazka via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Dominick Reyes via TKO.

Lucas Neufeld: Dominick Reyes via TKO.

Cody Davis: Jiri Prochazka via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Dominick Reyes via TKO. 

Picks – Dominick Reyes: 4, Jiri Prochazka: 5

Giga Chikadze vs. Cub Swanson

Cody Rempel: Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Cub Swanson via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Giga Chikadze via unanimous decision.

Lucas Neufeld: Cub Swanson via unanimous decision.

Cody Davis: Cub Swanson via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Giga Chikadze via knockout. 

Picks – Giga Chikadze: 6, Cub Swanson: 3

Ion Cutelaba vs. Dustin Jacoby

Cody Rempel: Dustin Jacoby via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Dustin Jacoby via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Lucas Neufeld: Ion Cutelaba via knockout.

Cody Davis: Dustin Jacoby via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Ion Cutelaba via unanimous decision.

Picks – Ion Cutelaba: 5, Dustin Jacoby: 4

Sean Strickland vs. Krzysztof Jotko

Cody Rempel: Sean Strickland via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Sean Strickland via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Sean Strickland via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Sean Strickland via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Krzysztof Jotko via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Sean Strickland via TKO.

Lucas Neufeld: Sean Strickland via knockout.

Cody Davis: Krzysztof Jotko via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Krzysztof Jotko via unanimous decision.

Picks – Sean Strickland: 6, Krzysztof Jotko: 3

Merab Dvalishvili vs. Cody Stamann

Cody Rempel: Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Cody Stamann via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Cody Stamann via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision.

Lucas Neufeld: Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision.

Cody Davis: Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision.

Picks – Merab Dvalishvili: 7, Cody Stamann: 2