UFC on ESPN 39: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev main card staff predictions

Can Rafael Fiziev defeat his toughest test to date in Rafael Dos Anjos? Can Caio Borralho continue his hot start to his UFC career? 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 lightweight fighter Laine Foxton (3-1). Since dropping his amateur debut way back in 2017, Foxton has been unstoppable, picking up three wins and two stoppages. Look for Foxton’s next fight announcement in the coming weeks, which is expected to be on the Unified MMA 46 card in September.

2022 standings thru UFC 276

1. Jason Hagholm (77-39) N/A in 2021

2. Kylan Knowler (76-40) 128-93-3 in 2021

3. Joe McDonagh (75-41) 122-99-3 in 2021

T4. Cole Shelton (74-42) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T4. Cooper Riehl (74-42) 136-85-3 in 2021

6. Cody Rempel (73-43) 134-87-3 in 2021

7. Dylan Bowker (72-44) 113-108-3 in 2021

8. Joel Griffith (71-45) 135-86-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (64-52) 115-106-3 in 2021

Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev

Jason Hagholm: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Cole Shelton: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Rafael Fiziev via decision.

Cody Rempel: Rafael Fiziev via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Joel Griffith: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Laine Foxton: Rafael Fiziev via decision.

Picks – Rafael Dos Anjos: 6, Rafael Fiziev: 3

Caio Borralho vs. Armen Petrosyan

Jason Hagholm: Caio Borralho via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Armen Petrosyan via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Armen Petrosyan via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Caio Borralho via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Caio Borralho via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Caio Borralho via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Caio Borralho via decision.

Joel Griffith: Caio Borralho via TKO.

Laine Foxton: Caio Borralho via submission.

Picks – Caio Borralho: 7, Armen Petrosyan: 2

Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Said Nurmagomedov

Jason Hagholm: Said Nurmagomedov via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Said Nurmagomedov via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Cole Shelton: Said Nurmagomedov via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Cody Rempel: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Said Nurmagomedov via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Said Nurmagomedov via decision.

Laine Foxton: Said Nurmagomedov via TKO.

Picks – Douglas Silva de Andrade: 0, Said Nurmagomedov: 9

Jared Vanderaa vs. Chase Sherman

Jason Hagholm: Jared Vanderaa via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Chase Sherman via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Jared Vanderaa via decision.

Cole Shelton: Jared Vanderaa via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Chase Sherman via decision.

Cody Rempel: Jared Vanderaa via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Jared Vanderaa via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Chase Sherman via TKO.

Laine Foxton: Jared Vanderaa via knockout.

Picks – Jared Vanderaa: 6, Chase Sherman: 3

Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes

Jason Hagholm: Cynthia Calvillo via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Nina Nunes via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Cynthia Calvillo via decision.

Cole Shelton: Cynthia Calvillo via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Nina Nunes via decision.

Cody Rempel: Cynthia Calvillo via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Nina Nunes via decision.

Joel Griffith: Nina Nunes via decision.

Laine Foxton: Nina Nunes via decision.

Picks – Cynthia Calvillo: 4, Nina Nunes: 5

Michael Johnson vs. Jamie Mullarkey

Jason Hagholm: Jamie Mullarkey via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Jamie Mullarkey via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Jamie Mullarkey via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Jamie Mullarkey via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Michael Johnson via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Jamie Mullarkey via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Jamie Mullarkey via decision.

Joel Griffith: Jamie Mullarkey via TKO.

Laine Foxton: Jamie Mullarkey via decision.

Picks – Michael Johnson: 1, Jamie Mullarkey: 8