UFC on ESPN 41: Vera vs. Cruz main card staff predictions

Can Marlon Vera pick up the biggest win of his career? Will David Onama pick up another highlight-reel finish? 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 Louie Sanoudakis (9-3). After enduring his first two-fight losing streak of his career, Sanoudakis bounced back nicely earlier this year at XMMA 4, taking the unanimous decision over Tateki Matsuda. Sanoudakis remains one of Canada’s top prospects to sign with the UFC next, so keep any eye out for his next fight announcement later this year.

2022 standings thru UFC on ESPN 40

T1. Jason Hagholm (91-52) N/A in 2021

T1. Kylan Knowler (91-52) 128-93-3 in 2021

T3. Joe McDonagh (90-53) 122-99-3 in 2021

T3. Cole Shelton (90-53) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

5. Cooper Riehl (89-54) 136-85-3 in 2021

T6. Cody Rempel (88-55) 134-87-3 in 2021

T6. Joel Griffith (88-55) 135-86-3 in 2021

8. Dylan Bowker (85-58) 113-108-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (78-65) 115-106-3 in 2021

Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz

Jason Hagholm: Marlon Vera via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Marlon Vera via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Marlon Vera via decision.

Cole Shelton: Marlon Vera via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Dominick Cruz via decision.

Cody Rempel: Dominick Cruz via decision.

Joel Griffith: Marlon Vera via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Dominick Cruz via decision.

Louie Sanoudakis: Dominick Cruz via decision.

Picks – Marlon Vera: 5, Dominick Cruz: 4

Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama

Jason Hagholm: David Onama via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: David Onama via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: David Onama via knockout.

Cole Shelton: David Onama via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: David Onama via TKO.

Cody Rempel: David Onama via TKO.

Joel Griffith: David Onama via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Nate Landwehr via decision.

Louie Sanoudakis: David Onama via TKO.

Picks – Nate Landwehr: 1, David Onama: 8

Yazmin Jauregui vs. Iasmin Lucindo

Jason Hagholm: Yazmin Jauregui via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Yazmin Jauregui via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Yazmin Jauregui via decision.

Cole Shelton: Yazmin Jauregui via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Yazmin Jauregui via decision.

Cody Rempel: Yazmin Jauregui via decision.

Joel Griffith: Yazmin Jauregui via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Yazmin Jauregui via decision.

Louie Sanoudakis: Yazmin Jauregui via decision.

Picks – Yazmin Jauregui: 9, Iasmin Lucindo: 0

Devin Clark vs. Azamat Murzakanov

Jason Hagholm: Azamat Murzakanov via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Devin Clark via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Azamat Murzakanov via knockout.

Cole Shelton: Devin Clark via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Azamat Murzakanov via decision.

Cody Rempel: Azamat Murzakanov via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Azamat Murzakanov via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Azamat Murzakanov via decision.

Louie Sanoudakis: Azamat Murzakanov via knockout.

Picks – Devin Clark: 2, Azamat Murzakanov: 7

Priscila Cachoeira vs. Ariane Lipski

Jason Hagholm: Priscila Cachoeira via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Priscila Cachoeira via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Ariane Lipski via decision.

Cole Shelton: Ariane Lipski via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Ariane Lipski via decision.

Cody Rempel: Ariane Lipski via submission.

Joel Griffith: Ariane Lipski via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Ariane Lipski via submission.

Louie Sanoudakis: Ariane Lipski via decision.

Picks – Priscila Cachoeira: 2, Ariane Lipski: 7

Bruno Silva vs. Gerald Meerschaert

Jason Hagholm: Bruno Silva via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Bruno Silva via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Gerald Meerschaert via decision.

Cole Shelton: Bruno Silva via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Bruno Silva via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Bruno Silva via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Bruno Silva via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Bruno Silva via decision.

Louie Sanoudakis: Gerald Meerschaert via submission.

Picks – Bruno Silva: 7, Gerald Meerschaert: 2