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

The Ultimate Fighting Championship selection is locked for Team MMASucka.

Taking place this evening, Aug. 12, UFC on ESPN 51, aka UFC Vegas 78, is scheduled to run from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. PT), followed by the main card at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT), available to watch on ESPN for cable viewers or ESPN+ for subscribers.

UFC on ESPN 51: Luque vs. Dos Anjos results will be available here at MMASucka.

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


The evening’s main event meets two veteran fighters Vicente Luque and Rafael dos Anjos for a possible five-round bout in the Veil division. Tervet

Looking to change the momentum, Luque missed two fights after losing to Belal Muhammad by decision and Geoff Neal in a knockout in 2022. The Ultimate Fighter 21 contestant has won 13 of 14 promotions. which ranks second in division history as he Looking for success in his second main event against UFC dos Anjos, Luque’s opponent will make his 34th appearance in the octagon and his second fight at 170 pounds since returning to welterweight last December. last Last year’s bout was a success for the former lightweight champion and interim welterweight title contender. through to the second round over Brian Barberena.

Technical strikers Cub Swanson and Hakeem Dawodu will fight in the featherweight division in the main event. Longtime featherweight challenger Swanson is aiming for his first victory since December 2021 after losing to a leg kick against Jonathan. Martinez last October. Muay Thai specialist Dawodu is looking for a similar base after his last fight in September 2022 was in the hands of Erosa by unanimous decision.

Khalil Rountree Jr., finalist of The Ultimate Fighter 23: Light Heavyweight, aims for a fourth consecutive win as he battles Cage Fury FC’s former heavyweight title challenger Chris Daukaus on main card

Middleweight duo Tafon Nchukwi and Josh Fremd both missed the limits in their fights against AJ Dobson and Jamie Pickett, however, their fights will go ahead as planned. Find our picks for these UFC on more ESPN 51 fights below.

2023 Employee Picks

MMASucka’s staff selection consists of five promotions: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, Professional Fighters League (PFL) and Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS). UFC and Bellator events are selected only from the main card PFL. Showing selected bouts from the main and preliminary cards, while DWCS will see all bouts since the ONE Championship event return for the first time since 2020 and will feature martial arts-only fights. Mixed Fight (MMA) chosen from cards with a minimum of three matches.

The winner selected by the team at the end of 2023, who selects the most victorious fighters, will have the option of earning a custom-made championship belt from Pro amp belt or chain from Championship. Staff pick for 2022 goes to Wesley Riddle with a 264-135 record.

Who won the UFC on ESPN 51: Luque vs. dos Anjos?

Staff notes 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
Fraser Crohn: 169-107
Julio Monteros Jr.: 155-94
Andrew Benjamin: 134-111
Jack Goodwillie: 132-79
Brian Knight: 126-79
Tim Wheaton 105-60
Romello Reyes 62-34
Jonathan Andrade: 31-24
Brandon joint: 12-9
Andrew Harbaugh: 10-7
Joshua Yul: 7-6
Chris de Santiago: 6-6
Antwin Jackson: 5-6

*Note – Bellator 298 selections will be added to the note above next weekend*

Josh International (10-4), -325
Jamie Pickett (13-9) +260

Catch weight fight
– 189 pounds ~ 85.7 kg –

Jeremy Brand: Fremd passed unanimous decision.
Wesley Riddle: Fremd via 2nd round TKO
Michael DeSantis: Stranger via SUB Round 1
Frazer Krohn: Stranger via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Fremd via Round 2 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Fremd via SUB Round 1
Ben Jamieson: Stranger via Round 1 TKO

Fremd picking staff: 7
Staff pick Pickett: 0

AJ Dobson (6-2, 1 NC), +120
Tafon Chukwee (6-3), -142

Catch weight fight
– 189.5 pounds ~ 86.0 kg –

Jeremy Brand: Nchukwi via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Dobson via round 1 TKO.
Michael DeSantis: Dobson via 2nd round TKO.
Frazer Krohn: Nchukwi passed unanimous decision
Nate Freeman: Dobson passed unanimous decision.
Jack Goodwillie: Dobson via round 1 TKO.
Ben Jamieson: Nchukwi via 3rd round TKO.

Staff pick Dobson: 4
Employees choose Nchukwi: 3

Polyana Vienna (13-5), +164
Yasmin Lucindo (14-5), -198

Women’s Strawweight
– 115 pounds ~ 52.2 kg –

Jeremy Brand: Lucindo via unanimous decision.
Wesley Riddle: Lucindo made a split decision.
Michael DeSantis: Viana Passed Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Viana passed unanimous decision
Nate Freeman: Lucindo via unanimous decision.
Jack Goodwillie: Lucindo via Round 2 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Lucindo via unanimous decision

Employees choose Viana: 2
Employees choose Lucindo: 5

Khalil Runetree Jr. (12-5, 1 NC), -175
Chris Dowkaus (12-6), +145

Light Heavyweight
– 205 pounds ~ 93.0 kg –

Jeremy Brand: Rountree Jr. Passed Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Rountree Jr. via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Rountree Jr. via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Rountree Jr. via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Rountree Jr. via Round 2 TKO
Jack Goodwillie: Daukaus Passes Unanimous Decision
Ben Jamieson: Rountree Jr. via Round 2 TKO

Bus Operator Rune Tree Junior: 6
Staff pick Daukaus: 1

Swanson Cubs (28-13), +200
Hakeem Davudu (13-3-1), -245

– Joint main activities –

– 145 pounds ~ 65.8 kg –

Jeremy Brand: Swanson via 2nd round TKO.
Wesley Riddle: Dawodu passed unanimous decision.
Michael DeSantis: Dawodu Passes Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Dawodu passed unanimous decision
Nate Freeman: Dawodu Passes Unanimous Decision
Jack Goodwillie: Dawodu via Round 2 TKO
Ben Jamieson: Dawodu passed unanimous decision.

Employees pick Swanson: 1
Staff picking Dawodu: 6

Vicente Luque (21-9-1), -102
Rafael dos Anjos (32-14), -118

welterweight division
– Main Event –

– 170 pounds ~ 77.1 kg –

Jeremy Brand: dos Anjos passed unanimous decision.
Wesley Riddle: dos Anjos via unanimous decision
Michael DeSantis: dos Anjos via unanimous decision
Frazer Krohn: Luque via 3rd round TKO
Nate Freeman: Luque passed unanimous decision.
Jack Goodwillie: Luque via Round 4 TKO
Ben Jamieson: dos Anjos via unanimous decision

Staff pick Luque: 3
Pick an employee from Anjos: 4

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