UFC on ESPN 21 predictions: Who’s picking Derek Brunson to upset Kevin Holland?

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Matt Erickson
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Brunson
vs.
Holland

Gillespie
vs.
Riddell

Buys
vs.
Ruiz

Lopez
vs.
Yanez

Griffin
vs.
Kenan

Hunsucker
vs.
Tuivasa

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 23-19

holland2021


Holland
(72%)

gillespie2021


Gillespie
(78%)

buys2021


Buys
(64%)

yanez2021


Yanez
(78%)

kenan2021


Kenan
(62%)

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa
(88%)

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 27-15

trophy copy

2020 Champion

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

lopez2021


Lopez

kenan2021


Kenan

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 26-16

trophy copy

2018 Champion

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

griffin2021


Griffin

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 25-17

brunson2021


Brunson

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

griffin2021


Griffin

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 25-17

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

lopez2021


Lopez

griffin2021


Griffin

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 25-17

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

ruiz2021


Ruiz

yanez2021


Yanez

kenan2021


Kenan

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 24-18

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

griffin2021


Griffin

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 24-18

trophy copy

2017 Champion

brunson2021


Brunson

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

lopez2021


Lopez

griffin2021


Griffin

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Simon Head
@simonhead
2021: 23-19

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2019 Champion*

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

griffin2021


Griffin

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 23-19

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

griffin2021


Griffin

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 22-20

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2014 Champion

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

kenan2021


Kenan

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 21-21

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

griffin2021


Griffin

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 21-21

holland2021


Holland

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

kenan2021


Kenan

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 20-22

brunson2021


Brunson

gillespie2021


Gillespie

buys2021


Buys

yanez2021


Yanez

kenan2021


Kenan

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa

BetMGM
Betting Favorites
Bet now!

holland2021


Holland -175

gillespie2021


Gillespie -250

buys2021


Buys -350

yanez2021


Yanez -225

griffin2021


Griffin -200

tuivasa2021


Tuivasa -400

The UFC is back in Las Vegas this week with a middleweight showdown leading at the top of the card.

UFC on ESPN 21 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN2.

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

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In the main event, Derek Brunson (21-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC) takes on Kevin Holland (21-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at middleweight. Holland is a -175 favorite at BetMGM, and he has a 10-3 lead in the picks from our 13 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, Gregor Gillespie (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) meets Brad Riddell (9-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a lightweight bout. Gillespie is a -250 favorite and one of two unanimous picks from our staff members on the main card.

In a women’s strawweight fight between promotional newcomers, Cheyanne Buys (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is a big favorite at -350 against Montserrat Ruiz (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and she’s got a hefty 12-1 lead in the picks.

Gustavo Lopez (12-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Adrian Yanez (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at bantamweight. Yanez is a -225 favorite and has a big 10-3 picks lead.

Max Griffin (16-8 MMA, 4-6 UFC) is a 2-1 favorite against Song Kenan (16-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC), but their fight is our closest from a picks perspective with just an 8-5 lead for Griffin.

And to open the main card, Harry Hunsucker (7-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) steps up on less than a week’s notice at heavyweight against 4-1 favorite Tai Tuivasa (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). Tuivasa is our other unanimous pick on the main card at 13-0.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Holland (72 percent), Gillespie (78 percent), Buys (64 percent), Yanez (78 percent), Kenan (62 percent) and Tuivasa (88 percent) are the choices.

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