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UFC 277 predictions: Who’s picking upsets in Peña vs. Nunes, Moreno vs. Kara-France title fights?

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Peña
vs.
Nunes

Moreno
vs.
Kara-France

Lewis
vs.
Pavlovich

Pantoja
vs.
Perez

Ankalaev
vs.
Smith

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
123-73

nunes2022-1


Nunes
(60%)

moreno2022


Moreno
(59%)

lewis2022


Lewis
(57%)

pantoja2022


Pantoja
(70%)

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev
(66%)

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
136-69

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2018 Champion

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohn
132-73

trophy copy

2014 Champion

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

pavlovich2022


Pavlovich

pantoja2022


Pantoja

smith2022


Smith

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
132-73

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
124-77

pena2022


Peña

karafrance2022


Kara-France

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
124-77

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

perez2022


Perez

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
124-77

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
121-80

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev

Nolan King
@mma_kings
119-82

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
118-83

trophy copy

2017 Champion

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

smith2022


Smith

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
111-90

nunes2022-1


Nunes

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

smith2022


Smith

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
98-103

pena2022


Peña

moreno2022


Moreno

lewis2022


Lewis

pantoja2022


Pantoja

ankalaev2022


Ankalaev

The UFC is back in Texas this week with a pair of title fights atop the bill.

UFC 277 takes place Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, Julianna Pena (11-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) puts her women’s bantamweight title on the line for the first time when she takes on former champ Amanda Nunes (21-5 MMA, 14-2 UFC). Peña upset Nunes to win the title this past December at UFC 269. Nunes, who remains the women’s featherweight champ, nearly is a 3-1 favorite at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Peña is +210. Our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers largely are siding with the former champ to become a two-division titleholder once again. They have Nunes with a big 9-2 picks lead.

In the co-main event, former flyweight champ Brandon Moreno (19-6-2 MMA, 7-3-2 UFC) takes on Kai Kara-France (24-9 MMA, 7-2 UFC) for the interim 125-pound title. Moreno holds a December 2019 win over Kara-France. He’s more than a 2-1 favorite and is a near-unanimous pick from our staff members at 10-1.

Also on the main card, former heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis (26-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) fights in front of his home Texas fans when he meets Sergei Pavlovich (15-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Pavlovich is a slight favorite at -150, but Lewis has massive 10-1 support from our pickers.

Alexandre Pantoja (24-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is a -180 favorite in his flyweight bout against Alex Perez (24-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and has a whopping 10-1 picks lead.

And to open the main card, Magomed Ankalaev (17-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) is the second biggest favorite at the entire event at 6-1 against former light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith (36-16 MMA, 11-6 UFC). Ankalaev has a big 8-3 rout in the picks.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Nunes (60 percent), Moreno (59 percent), Lewis (57 percent), Pantoja (70 percent) and Ankalaev (66 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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