UFC on ESPN 36: Blachowicz vs. Rakic main card staff picks

Can Aleksandar Rakic continue his rise to the top? Can top prospect Jake Hadley earn his first UFC win? 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 amateur welterweight fighter Mac Stroud (2-2). After dropping two straight, Stroud rebounded in perfect fashion last weekend at Unified MMA 44, submitting Phil Lauzon in the first round. With his last three bouts being in the Unified MMA cage, look for his next bout announcement with the promotion in the near future.

2022 standings thru UFC 274

1. Joe McDonagh (53-26) 122-99-3 in 2021

2. Jason Hagholm (52-27) N/A in 2021

T3. Cody Rempel (51-28) 134-87-3 in 2021

T3. Cole Shelton (51-28) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T3. Cooper Riehl (51-28) 136-85-3 in 2021

T6. Kylan Knowler (50-29) 128-93-3 in 2021

T6. Dylan Bowker (50-29) 113-108-3 in 2021

8. Joel Griffith (46-33) 135-86-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (44-35) 115-106-3 in 2021

Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic

Joe McDonagh: Jan Blachowicz via knockout.

Jason Hagholm: Jan Blachowicz via decision.

Cody Rempel: Aleksandar Rakic via decision.

Cole Shelton: Aleksandar Rakic via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Jan Blachowicz via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Aleksandar Rakic via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Jan Blachowicz via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Aleksandar Rakic via decision.

Mac Stroud: Aleksandar Rakic via TKO.

Picks – Jan Blachowicz: 4, Aleksandar Rakic: 5

Ryan Spann vs. Ion Cutelaba

Joe McDonagh: Ion Cutelaba via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Ryan Spann via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Ryan Spann via decision.

Joel Griffith: Ion Cutelaba via TKO.

Mac Stroud: Ryan Spann via decision.

Picks – Ryan Spann: 3, Ion Cutelaba: 6

Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka

Joe McDonagh: Louis Smolka via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Davey Grant via submission.

Cody Rempel: Davey Grant via submission.

Cole Shelton: Davey Grant via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Davey Grant via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Davey Grant via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Davey Grant via decision.

Joel Griffith: Davey Grant via knockout.

Mac Stroud: Davey Grant via decision.

Picks – Davey Grant: 8, Louis Smolka: 1

Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas

Joe McDonagh: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Cody Rempel: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Cole Shelton: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Amanda Ribas via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Joel Griffith: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Mac Stroud: Amanda Ribas via submission.

Picks – Katlyn Chookagian: 7, Amanda Ribas: 2

Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres

Joe McDonagh: Manuel Torres via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Manuel Torres via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Manuel Torres via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Manuel Torres via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Manuel Torres via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Manuel Torres via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Frank Camacho via decision.

Joel Griffith: Manuel Torres via submission.

Mac Stroud: Manuel Torres via submission.

Picks – Frank Camacho: 1, Manuel Torres: 8

Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento

Joe McDonagh: Jake Hadley via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Allan Nascimento via decision.

Cody Rempel: Jake Hadley via decision.

Cole Shelton: Jake Hadley via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Jake Hadley via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Jake Hadley via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Allan Nascimento via decision.

Joel Griffith: Jake Hadley via decision.

Mac Stroud: Jake Hadley via decision.

Picks – Jake Hadley: 7, Allan Nascimento: 2