In the main event, 2021 heavyweight season champion Bruno Cappelozza (14-5) takes on Stuart Austin (15-7). Cappelozza is a heavy betting favorite to start the season out with a win, and all 11 of our editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers have him as one of three unanimous picks on the main card.
In the co-feature, two-time season champion Lance Palmer (22-5) will try to get back on the right track at featherweight against Chris Wade (20-7). Wade came up short in the 2021 final. But Palmer has not won a fight since his 2019 title; he lost both his fights in 2021. Wade is a slight betting favorite, but it’s Palmer with a big 8-3 lead in the picks.
The second biggest favorite on the card is Brendan Loughnane (21-4), who takes on Ryoji Kudo (10-2-1) in a featherweight bout to open the regular season. Loughnane is one of our three unanimous picks.
Renan Ferreira (8-2) meets Jamelle Jones (12-7) in a heavyweight bout. Brazil’s Ferreira is as much as an 8-1 betting favorite, but he’s not a unanimous pick. Still, he’s got a sizable 8-3 lead from our staff pickers.
And to open the main card, Denis Goltsov (27-7) is our third unanimous pick against heavyweight late-notice replacement Cody Goodale (8-5). Goltsov is the biggest favorite on the card.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Cappelozza (94 percent), Palmer (55 percent), Loughnane (90 percent), Ferreira (89 percent) and Goltsov (85 percent) are the choices.
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