UFC on ESPN 27: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw main card staff predictions

We’re in for a treat with this fight night card! Not only do we have a banger of a main event between Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw, but the card is loaded with exciting prospects. 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 amateur featherweight fighter Abdel Rebai (4-2). Training out of the legendary Tristar Gym in Montreal, Rebai has set himself up to have a successful professional career when he decides to make that jump. His most recent outing was a first round knockout win at MFL 18.

2021 standings thru UFC on ESPN 26

T1. Cooper Riehl (73-48-2) 13-7-1 in 2020

T1. Cody Rempel (73-48-2) 11-9-1 in 2020

3. Cole Shelton (72-49-2) N/A in 2020

4. Joel Griffith (69-52-2) 12-8-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (66-55-2) N/A in 2020

T6. Joe McDonagh (60-61-2) N/A in 2020

T6. Guest picker (60-61-2) 10-10-1 in 2020

8. Dylan Bowker (59-62-2) N/A in 2020

Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw

Cooper Riehl: TJ Dillashaw via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Cory Sandhagen via TKO.

Cole Shelton: TJ Dillashaw via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Cory Sandhagen via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Cory Sandhagen via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: TJ Dillashaw via knockout.

Abdel Rebai: Cory Sandhagen via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: TJ Dillashaw via unanimous decision.

Picks – Cory Sandhagen: 4, TJ Dillashaw: 4

Kyler Phillips vs. Raulian Paiva

Cooper Riehl: Kyler Phillips via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Kyler Phillips via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Kyler Phillips via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Kyler Phillips via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Raulian Paiva via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Kyler Phillips via unanimous decision.

Abdel Rebai: Kyler Phillips via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Kyler Phillips via unanimous decision.

Picks – Kyler Phillips: 7, Raulian Paiva: 1

Darren Elkins vs. Darrick Minner

Cooper Riehl: Darrick Minner via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Darrick Minner via submission.

Cole Shelton: Darrick Minner via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Darren Elkins via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Darren Elkins via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Darren Elkins via knockout.

Abdel Rebai: Darrick Minner via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Darrick Minner via unanimous decision.

Picks – Darren Elkins: 3, Darrick Minner: 5

Miranda Maverick vs. Maycee Barber

Cooper Riehl: Maycee Barber via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Miranda Maverick via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Maycee Barber via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Miranda Maverick via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Maycee Barber via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Maycee Barber via unanimous decision.

Abdel Rebai: Maycee Barber via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Miranda Maverick via unanimous decision.

Picks – Miranda Maverick: 3, Maycee Barber: 5

Adrian Yanez vs. Randy Costa

Cooper Riehl: Adrian Yanez via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Adrian Yanez via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Randy Costa via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Adrian Yanez via knockout.

Kylan Knowler: Adrian Yanez via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Adrian Yanez via knockout.

Abdel Rebai: Adrian Yanez via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Randy Costa via unanimous decision.

Picks – Adrian Yanez: 6, Randy Costa: 2