UFC on ESPN 26: Makhachev vs. Moises main card staff predictions

In the aftermath of a wild UFC 264 card, we now have another big matchup in the lightweight division headlining the show this week. 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 flyweight fighter James Clarke (5-3). In a unanimous decision triumph over Nate Williams at B2FS 122, Clarke became the B2 Fighting Series flyweight champion. For his next bout, it looks like Clarke could be in line to make the jump to 135 pounds and challenge the current B2 Fighting Series bantamweight champion, Jeremy Pender, for his strap.

2021 standings thru UFC 264

1. Cody Rempel (69-47-2) 11-9-1 in 2020

2. Cooper Riehl (68-48-2) 13-7-1 in 2020

3. Cole Shelton (67-49-2) N/A in 2020

4. Joel Griffith (65-51-2) 12-8-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (63-53-2) N/A in 2020

6. Guest picker (57-59-2) 10-10-1 in 2020

7. Joe McDonagh (56-60-2) N/A in 2020

8. Dylan Bowker (55-61-2) N/A in 2020

Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises

Cody Rempel: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Islam Makhachev via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Islam Makhachev via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Islam Makhachev via submission.

James Clarke: Islam Makhachev via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Islam Makhachev via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Islam Makhachev via unanimous decision.

Picks – Islam Makhachev: 8, Thiago Moises: 0

Marion Reneau vs. Miesha Tate

Cody Rempel: Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.

James Clarke: Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Miesha Tate via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.

Picks – Marion Reneau: 0, Miesha Tate: 8

Mateusz Gamrot vs. Jeremy Stephens

Cody Rempel: Mateusz Gamrot via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Mateusz Gamrot via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Mateusz Gamrot via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Mateusz Gamrot via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Mateusz Gamrot via unanimous decision.

James Clarke: Jeremy Stephens via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Mateusz Gamrot via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Mateusz Gamrot via unanimous decision.

Picks – Mateusz Gamrot: 7, Jeremy Stephens: 1

Rodolfo Vieira vs. Dustin Stoltzfus

Cody Rempel: Rodolfo Vieira via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Rodolfo Vieira via submission.

Cole Shelton: Rodolfo Vieira via submission.

Joel Griffith: Rodolfo Vieira via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Dustin Stoltzfus via TKO.

James Clarke: Dustin Stoltzfus via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Dustin Stoltzfus via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Dustin Stoltzfus via submission.

Picks – Rodolfo Vieira: 4, Dustin Stoltzfus: 4

Billy Quarantillo vs. Gabriel Benitez

Cody Rempel: Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision.

James Clarke: Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Billy Quarantillo via TKO.

Picks – Billy Quarantillo: 5, Gabriel Benitez: 3