UFC on ESPN 51: Luque vs. dos Anjos Staff Picks

Taking place later this evening, August 12th sees UFC on ESPN 51, also titled as UFC Vegas 78, set for action from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Preliminary bouts kick off the event at 4:00pm ET (1:00pm PT) followed by the main card at 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT) available to watch on either ESPN for cable viewers or ESPN+ for subscribers.

Recap our MMASucka staff picks and predictions from Friday’s Bellator 298 event from Sioux Falls. Also, stay tuned this Tuesday for our Dana White’s Contender Series: Season 7, Week 1 picks from Las Vegas.


MMASucka staff picks are composed of five promotions: the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, the Professional Fighters League (PFL), and Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS). UFC and Bellator events feature picks from only main cards. PFL will feature select fights from the main and preliminary card while DWCS sees all fights counted from the event. ONE Championship returns to picks for the first time since 2020 and will feature only mixed martial arts (MMA) fights selected from cards with a minimum three matchups.

The WINNER of staff picks at the end of 2023, who picked the most victorious fighters, will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or a chain from Championship Chains. Staff picks in 2022 was won by Wesley Riddle with a record of 264-135.

Staff Records after Dana White’s Contender Series – Season 7, Week 1:

Ben Jamieson: 182-94
Michael DeSantis: 178-98
Jeremy Brand: 174-102
Nate Freeman: 171-105
Wesley Riddle: 169-107
Frazer Krohn: 169-107
Julio Monteros Jr.: 155-94
Andrew Benjamin: 134-111
Jack Goodwillie: 132-79
Brian Knight: 126-79
Tim Wheaton: 105-60
Roemello Reyes: 62-34
Jonathan Andrade: 31-24
Brandon Joint: 12-9
Andrew Harbaugh: 10-7
Joshua Yule: 7-6
Chris De Santiago: 6-6
Antwyn Jackson: 5-6

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