UFC on ESPN 42: Thompson vs. Holland main card staff predictions

Will Kevin Holland rebound from a tough loss to Khamzat Chimaev? Can Bryan Barberena pull off the massive upset? 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 prospect Adam Assenza (16-7). After stringing together six straight wins to put together one of the most impressive winning streaks in Canadian MMA, Assenza suffered his first defeat since 2019 his last time out at LFA 139. Thankfully, he will have a chance to get right back in the win column next weekend when he takes on Alexander Barahona at BTC 18.

2022 standings thru UFC Fight Night 215

1. Kylan Knowler (129-74) 128-93-3 in 2021

2. Joel Griffith (128-75) 135-86-3 in 2021

3. Cole Shelton (127-76) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

4. Jason Hagholm (126-77) N/A in 2021

5. Joe McDonagh (125-78) 122-99-3 in 2021

6. Cody Rempel (123-80) 134-87-3 in 2021

7. Cooper Riehl (122-81) 136-85-3 in 2021

8. Dylan Bowker (118-85) 113-108-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (107-96) 115-106-3 in 2021

Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland

Kylan Knowler: Kevin Holland via submission.

Joel Griffith: Kevin Holland via decision.

Cole Shelton: Kevin Holland via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Stephen Thompson via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Kevin Holland via decision.

Cody Rempel: Kevin Holland via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Kevin Holland via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Stephen Thompson via decision.

Adam Assenza: Stephen Thompson via knockout.

Picks – Stephen Thompson: 3, Kevin Holland: 6

Bryan Barberena vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Kylan Knowler: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Joel Griffith: Rafael Dos Anjos via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Rafael Dos Anjos via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Bryan Barberena via decision.

Cody Rempel: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Adam Assenza: Rafael Dos Anjos via decision.

Picks – Bryan Barberena: 1, Rafael Dos Anjos: 8

Matheus Nicolau vs. Matt Schnell

Kylan Knowler: Matheus Nicolau via decision.

Joel Griffith: Matheus Nicolau via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Matheus Nicolau via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Matheus Nicolau via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Matt Schnell via decision.

Cody Rempel: Matheus Nicolau via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Matheus Nicolau via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Matt Schnell via TKO.

Adam Assenza: Matheus Nicolau via decision.

Picks – Matheus Nicolau: 7, Matt Schnell: 2

Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergei Pavlovich

Kylan Knowler: Sergei Pavlovich via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Sergei Pavlovich via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Jason Hagholm: Sergei Pavlovich via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Cody Rempel: Sergei Pavlovich via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Sergei Pavlovich via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Tai Tuivasa via TKO.

Adam Assenza: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Picks – Tai Tuivasa: 4, Sergei Pavlovich: 5

Jack Hermansson vs. Roman Dolidze

Kylan Knowler: Roman Dolidze via decision.

Joel Griffith: Jack Hermansson via decision.

Cole Shelton: Jack Hermansson via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Jack Hermansson via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Jack Hermansson via decision.

Cody Rempel: Jack Hermansson via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Roman Dolidze via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Jack Hermansson via decision.

Adam Assenza: Jack Hermansson via submission.

Picks – Jack Hermansson: 7, Roman Dolidze: 2

Eryk Anders vs. Kyle Daukaus

Kylan Knowler: Kyle Daukaus via submission.

Joel Griffith: Kyle Daukaus via submission.

Cole Shelton: Kyle Daukaus via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Kyle Daukaus via knockout.

Joe McDonagh: Eryk Anders via decision.

Cody Rempel: Kyle Daukaus via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Kyle Daukaus via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Kyle Daukaus via decision.

Adam Assenza: Kyle Daukaus via knockout.

Picks – Eryk Anders: 1, Kyle Daukaus: 8