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UFC on ABC 3 predictions: Brian Ortega or Yair Rodriguez on Long Island?

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Ortega
vs.
Rodriguez

Lemos
vs.
Waterson

Jingliang
vs.
Salikhov

Mudaerji
vs.
Schnell

Burgos
vs.
Jourdain

Murphy
vs.
Tate

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
117-63

ortega2022


Ortega
(63%)

lemos2022


Lemos
(65%)

salikhov2022


Salikhov
(64%)

mudaerji2022


Mudaerji
(63%)

burgos2022


Burgos
(74%)

tate2022


Tate
(72%)

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
123-62

trophy copy

2018 Champion

ortega2022


Ortega

lemos2022


Lemos

jingliang2022


Jingliang

mudaerji2022


Mudaerji

burgos2022


Burgos

murphy2022


Murphy

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
119-66

ortega2022


Ortega

lemos2022


Lemos

jingliang2022


Jingliang

mudaerji2022


Mudaerji

burgos2022


Burgos

tate2022


Tate

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohn
119-66

trophy copy

2014 Champion

rodriguez2022


Rodriguez

lemos2022


Lemos

salikhov2022


Salikhov

schnell2022


Schnell

jourdain2022


Jourdain

tate2022


Tate

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
117-68

rodriguez2022


Rodriguez

lemos2022


Lemos

jingliang2022


Jingliang

mudaerji2022


Mudaerji

jourdain2022


Jourdain

tate2022


Tate

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
117-68

ortega2022


Ortega

lemos2022


Lemos

jingliang2022


Jingliang

mudaerji2022


Mudaerji

burgos2022


Burgos

tate2022


Tate

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
116-69

ortega2022


Ortega

lemos2022


Lemos

jingliang2022


Jingliang

mudaerji2022


Mudaerji

burgos2022


Burgos

tate2022


Tate

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
110-75

rodriguez2022


Rodriguez

lemos2022


Lemos

salikhov2022


Salikhov

schnell2022


Schnell

burgos2022


Burgos

tate2022


Tate

Nolan King
@mma_kings
110-75

ortega2022


Ortega

lemos2022


Lemos

salikhov2022


Salikhov

mudaerji2022


Mudaerji

burgos2022


Burgos

tate2022


Tate

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
109-76

trophy copy

2017 Champion

ortega2022


Ortega

lemos2022


Lemos

jingliang2022


Jingliang

mudaerji2022


Mudaerji

burgos2022


Burgos

tate2022


Tate

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
103-82

ortega2022


Ortega

lemos2022


Lemos

salikhov2022


Salikhov

schnell2022


Schnell

burgos2022


Burgos

tate2022


Tate

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
89-96

rodriguez2022


Rodriguez

lemos2022


Lemos

salikhov2022


Salikhov

schnell2022


Schnell

burgos2022


Burgos

tate2022


Tate

The UFC is back in New York on Long Island this week with a pair of featherweight contenders atop the lineup.

UFC on ABC 3 takes place Saturday at UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y. The main card airs on ABC and streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.

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

In the main event, former featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) takes on Yair Rodriguez (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in a key bout for the division. Ortega is a -190 favorite at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Rodriguez is +145. But it’s not a blowout with our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers, who have Ortega with a 7-4 lead in the picks.

In the women’s flyweight co-feature, Amanda Lemos (11-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) meets Michelle Waterson (18-9 MMA, 6-5 UFC). Lemos is the biggest favorite on the main card at -320 and is our staff members’ only unanimous pick at 11-0.

Also on the main card, Li Jingliang (18-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) takes on Muslim Salikhov (18-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout. Salikhov is a -160 favorite, but our staff pickers have Jingliang with a narrow 6-5 picks lead.

Su Mudaerji (16-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is a big -260 favorite against Matt Schnell (15-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in their flyweight bout, but he doesn’t have a blowout in the picks. He has just a 7-4 edge from our crew.

Shane Burgos (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is a -170 favorite in his featherweight fight against Charles Jourdain (13-4-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) and has a 9-2 lead in the picks.

And to open the main card, former women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (19-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC) makes her first appearance at flyweight. She’s more than a 2-1 favorite against Lauren Murphy (15-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and is a near-unanimous pick at 10-1.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Ortega (63 percent), Lemos (65 percent), Salikhov (64 percent), Mudaerji (63 percent), Burgos (74 percent) and Tate (72 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC on ABC 3.

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