UFC on ESPN 24: Rodriguez vs. Waterson main card staff predictions

After TJ Dillashaw was forced out of his UFC on ESPN 24 bout with Cory Sandhagen due to injury, the card was without a main event for some time, eventually seeing Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson step to the plate. 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 bantamweight prospect Teshay Gouthro (3-1). After an impressive 8-1 amateur career, Gouthro kicked off his professional career with three straight wins before taking his first loss in his most recent bout at LFA 93. Expect to see Gouthro back in action in the near future.

2021 standings thru UFC on ESPN 23

1. Cody Rempel (46-27-2) 11-9-1 in 2020

2. Cooper Riehl (45-28-2) 13-7-1 in 2020

3. Joel Griffith (42-31-2) 12-8-1 in 2020

4. Cole Shelton (41-32-2) N/A in 2020

T5. Kylan Knowler (38-35-2) N/A in 2020

T5. Dylan Bowker (38-35-2) N/A in 2020

T7. Guest picker (36-37-2) 10-10-1 in 2020

T7. Cody Davis (36-37-2) 11-9-1 in 2020

9. Joe McDonagh (30-43-2) N/A in 2020

Marina Rodriguez vs. Michelle Waterson

Cody Rempel: Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision.

Teshay Gouthro: Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision.

Cody Davis: Marina Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision.

Picks – Marina Rodriguez: 7, Michelle Waterson: 2

Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Morono

Cody Rempel: Donald Cerrone via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Donald Cerrone via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Donald Cerrone via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Alex Morono via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Donald Cerrone via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision.

Teshay Gouthro: Donald Cerrone via TKO.

Cody Davis: Donald Cerrone via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision.

Picks – Donald Cerrone: 8, Alex Morono: 1

Neil Magny vs. Geoff Neal

Cody Rempel: Geoff Neal via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Geoff Neal via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Geoff Neal via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Geoff Neal via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Geoff Neal via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Geoff Neal via TKO.

Teshay Gouthro: Geoff Neal via knockout.

Cody Davis: Neil Magny via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Geoff Neal via unanimous decision.

Picks – Neil Magny: 1, Geoff Neal: 8

Maurice Greene vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Cody Rempel: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via knockout. 

Cooper Riehl: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via TKO. 

Joel Griffith: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via TKO. 

Cole Shelton: Maurice Greene via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via split decision. 

Dylan Bowker: Maurice Greene via TKO.

Teshay Gouthro: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via knockout.

Cody Davis: Maurice Greene via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via knockout.

Picks – Maurice Greene: 3, Marcos Rogerio de Lima: 6

Diego Ferreira vs. Gregor Gillespie

Cody Rempel: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision. 

Cooper Riehl: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision.  

Joel Griffith: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision. 

Cole Shelton: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision. 

Kylan Knowler: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision. 

Dylan Bowker: Gregor Gillespie via unanimous decision. 

Teshay Gouthro: Gregor Gillespie via TKO. 

Cody Davis: Diego Ferreira via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Gregor Gillespie via knockout. 

Picks – Diego Ferreira: 1, Gregor Gillespie: 8