Make your predictions for Khamzat Chimaev vs Nate Diaz


We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 279 event in Las Vegas.

Our Staff Picks feature includes consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply vote for each fight below, and we’ll use the official tallies recorded by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

These consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers will be part of the UFC 279 main card staff predictions we’ll post on Friday ahead of the event. UFC 279 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view after the prelims on ESPNEWS and the first prelims on ESPN+.

Take your pick for the fights below.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s Event Center for UFC 279.

Yohan Lainesse vs. Darian Weeks

Folders: Yohan Lainesse (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Darian Weeks (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
last five: Lainess 4-1, Weeks 3-2
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Weeks -125, Lainess -105

Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed

Folders: Melissa Martinez (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Elise Reed (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
last five: Martinez 5-0, Roseau 3-2
Division: Women’s Straw Weight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Martinez -160, Reed +125

Heili Alateng vs. Chad Anheliger

Folders: Heili Alateng (15-8-2 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC), Chad Anheliger (12-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
last five: Alateng 3-1-1, Anheliger 5-0
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Alateng -180, Anheliger +140

Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf

Folders: Norma Dumont (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Danyelle Wolf (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
last five: Dumont 3-2, Wolf 1-0
Division: Women’s Featherweight
Rankings: Dumont No. 15
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Dumont -380, Wolf +270

Chris Barnett vs. Jake Collier

Folders: Chris Barnett (22-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Jake Collier (13-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC)
last five: Barnett 3-2, Collier 2-3
Division: Heavy weights
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Collier -450, Barnett +310

Jamie Pickett vs Denis Tiuliulin

Folders: Jamie Pickett (13-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Denis Tiuliulin (10-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
last five: Pickett 2-3, Tiuliulin 3-2
Division: Average weight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Pickett -140, Tiuliulin +110

Jailton Almeida vs Anton Turkalj

Folders: Jailton Almeida (16-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Anton Turkalj (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
last five: Almeida 5-0, Turkalj 5-0
Division: Heavy weights
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Almeida -850, Turkalj +500

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa

Folders: Hakeem Dawodu (13-2-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC), Julian Erosa (27-9 MMA, 5-5 UFC)
last five: Dawodu 4-1, Erosa 4-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Dawodu -230, Erosa +175

Ion Cutelaba vs. Johnny Walker

Folders: Ion Cutelaba (16-7-1 MMA, 5-6-1 UFC), Johnny Walker (18-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC)
last five: Cutelaba 1-3-1, Walker 1-4
Division: Mid-heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Cutelaba -205, Walker +155

Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson

Folders: Irene Aldana (13-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC), Macy Chiasson (8-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC)
last five: Aldana 3-2, Chiasson 3-2
Division: Women’s Bantamweight
Rankings: Aldana n°8, Chiasson n°14 (women’s featherweight)
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Aldana -190, Chiasson +145

Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Folders: Kevin Holland (23-7 MMA, 10-4 UFC), Daniel Rodriguez (16-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC)
last five: Holland 3-2, Rodriguez 4-1
Division: contract weight of 180 pounds
Rankings: Holland n°13
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Holland -205, Rodriguez +145

Tony Ferguson vs Li Jingliang

Folders: Tony Ferguson (25-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC), Li Jingliang (19-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC)
last five: Ferguson 1-4, Jingliang 3-2
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Ferguson #10
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Jingliang -320, Ferguson +235

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

Folders: Khamzat Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), Nate Diaz (20-13 MMA, 15-11 UFC)
last five: Chimaev 5-0, Diaz 2-3
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Chimaev n°5
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Chimaev -1400, Diaz. +670

UFC 279 fight card (as of Sept. 5, 4 p.m. ET)

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