UFC on ESPN 30: Barboza vs. Chikadze main card staff predictions

Ever since it was announced, the main event for this card has had the MMA world buzzing, and for good reason. 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 Adam Sako (5-0 amateur). After an undefeated run in the amateur ranks, which saw him become the MFL amateur bantamweight champion, Sako is set to make his professional debut in his next bout.

2021 standings thru UFC on ESPN 29

T1. Cole Shelton (84-58-2) N/A in 2020

T1. Cody Rempel (84-58-2) 11-9-1 in 2020

T3. Joel Griffith (82-60-2) 12-8-1 in 2020

T3. Cooper Riehl (82-60-2) 13-7-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (77-65-2) N/A in 2020

6. Joe McDonagh (72-70-2) N/A in 2020

7. Dylan Bowker (70-72-2) N/A in 2020

8. Guest picker (69-73-2) 10-10-1 in 2020

Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze

Cole Shelton: Giga Chikadze via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Giga Chikadze via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Edson Barboza via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Giga Chikadze via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Edson Barboza via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Giga Chikadze via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Edson Barboza via TKO.

Adam Sako: Giga Chikadze via TKO.

Picks – Edson Barboza: 3, Giga Chikadze: 5

Bryan Battle vs. Gilbert Urbina

Cole Shelton: Bryan Battle via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Bryan Battle via submission.

Joel Griffith: Gilbert Urbina via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Bryan Battle via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Gilbert Urbina via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Bryan Battle via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Bryan Battle via submission.

Adam Sako: Gilbert Urbina via unanimous decision.

Picks – Bryan Battle: 5, Gilbert Urbina: 3

Ricky Turcios vs. Brady Hiestand

Cole Shelton: Ricky Turcios via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Ricky Turcios via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Ricky Turcios via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Ricky Turcios via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Brady Hiestand via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Ricky Turcios via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Brady Hiestand via submission.

Adam Sako: Ricky Turcios via submission.

Picks – Ricky Turcios: 6, Brady Hiestand: 2

Kevin Lee vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Cole Shelton: Kevin Lee via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Daniel Rodriguez via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Kevin Lee via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Daniel Rodriguez via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Kevin Lee via TKO.

Adam Sako: Kevin Lee via knockout.

Picks – Kevin Lee: 4, Daniel Rodriguez: 4

Andre Petroski vs. Michael Gillmore

Cole Shelton: Andre Petroski via submission.

Cody Rempel: Andre Petroski via submission.

Joel Griffith: Andre Petroski via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Andre Petroski via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Andre Petroski via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Andre Petroski via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Andre Petroski via unanimous decision.

Adam Sako: Michael Gillmore via unanimous decision.

Picks – Andre Petroski: 7, Michael Gillmore: 1

Makhmud Muradov vs. Gerald Meerschaert

Cole Shelton: Makhmud Muradov via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Makhmud Muradov via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Makhmud Muradov via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Makhmud Muradov via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Makhmud Muradov via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Makhmud Muradov via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Makhmud Muradov via TKO.

Adam Sako: Makhmud Muradov via unanimous decision.

Picks – Makhmud Muradov: 8, Gerald Meerschaert: 0