UFC on ESPN 29: Cannonier vs. Gastelum main card staff predictions

Although the card has taken a few hits this week, we still have a lineup that should deliver some exciting action. 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 lightweight veteran Curtis Demarce (18-16). A true veteran of the Canadian MMA scene dating all the way back to 2006, Demarce has seen it all inside the cage having fought some of the toughest opponents in the division. Demarce was last in action at BFL 66 where he challenged Achilles Estremadura for his BFL lightweight title.

2021 standings thru UFC 265

1. Cooper Riehl (81-55-2) 13-7-1 in 2020

2. Cody Rempel (80-56-2) 11-9-1 in 2020

3. Cole Shelton (79-57-2) N/A in 2020

4. Joel Griffith (78-58-2) 12-8-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (75-61-2) N/A in 2020

T6. Guest picker (68-68-2) 10-10-1 in 2020

T6. Joe McDonagh (68-68-2) N/A in 2020

8. Dylan Bowker (66-70-2) N/A in 2020

Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Cooper Riehl: Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Jared Cannonier via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision.

Curtis Demarce: Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Jared Cannonier via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision.

Picks – Jared Cannonier: 4, Kelvin Gastelum: 4

Clay Guida vs. Mark Madsen

Cooper Riehl: Mark Madsen via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Mark Madsen via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Mark Madsen via submission.

Joel Griffith: Mark Madsen via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Mark Madsen via unanimous decision.

Curtis Demarce: Clay Guida via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Mark Madsen via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Mark Madsen via unanimous decision.

Picks – Clay Guida: 1, Mark Madsen: 7

Parker Porter vs. Chase Sherman

Cooper Riehl: Chase Sherman via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Chase Sherman via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Parker Porter via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Chase Sherman via knockout.

Kylan Knowler: Chase Sherman via unanimous decision.

Curtis Demarce: Chase Sherman via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Chase Sherman via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Chase Sherman via TKO.

Picks – Parker Porter: 1, Chase Sherman: 7

Trevin Jones vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov

Cooper Riehl: Trevin Jones via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Trevin Jones via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Trevin Jones via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Saidyokub Kakhramonov via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Trevin Jones via TKO.

Curtis Demarce: Trevin Jones via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Saidyokub Kakhramonov via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Saidyokub Kakhramonov via unanimous decision.

Picks – Trevin Jones: 5, Saidyokub Kakhramonov: 3

Vinc Pichel vs. Austin Hubbard

Cooper Riehl: Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision.

Cole Shelton: Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision.

Curtis Demarce: Austin Hubbard via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Vinc Pichel via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision.

Picks – Vinc Pichel: 5, Austin Hubbard: 3

Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval

Cooper Riehl: Brandon Royval via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Alexandre Pantoja via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Brandon Royval via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision.

Curtis Demarce: Alexandre Pantoja via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Brandon Royval via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision.

Picks – Alexandre Pantoja: 5, Brandon Royval: 3