UFC Fight Night 187 predictions: Edwards or Muhammad in welterweight showdown?

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Matt Erickson
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Edwards
vs.
Muhammad

Cirkunov
vs.
Spann

Ige
vs.
Tucker

Grant
vs.
Martinez

Kape
vs.
Nicolau

Anders
vs.
Stewart

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 18-15

edwards2021


Edwards
(68%)

cirkunov2021


Cirkunov
(51%)

ige2021


Ige
(65%)

martinez2021


Martinez
(72%)

nicolau2021


Nicolau
(50.1%)

stewart2021


Stewart
(61%)

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 25-13

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2020 Champion

edwards2021


Edwards

cirkunov2021


Cirkunov

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

nicolau2021


Nicolau

stewart2021


Stewart

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 24-14

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2018 Champion

muhammad2021


Muhammad

spann2021


Spann

tucker2021


Tucker

martinez2021


Martinez

nicolau2021


Nicolau

stewart2021


Stewart

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 24-14

edwards2021


Edwards

cirkunov2021


Cirkunov

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

kape2021


Kape

stewart2021


Stewart

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 23-15

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2017 Champion

edwards2021


Edwards

cirkunov2021


Cirkunov

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

kape2021


Kape

anders2021


Anders

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 23-15

edwards2021


Edwards

spann2021


Spann

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

kape2021


Kape

stewart2021


Stewart

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 23-15

muhammad2021


Muhammad

spann2021


Spann

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

kape2021


Kape

anders2021


Anders

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 22-16

edwards2021


Edwards

cirkunov2021


Cirkunov

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

nicolau2021


Nicolau

stewart2021


Stewart

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 21-17

edwards2021


Edwards

cirkunov2021


Cirkunov

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

nicolau2021


Nicolau

stewart2021


Stewart

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 20-18

muhammad2021


Muhammad

cirkunov2021


Cirkunov

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

kape2021


Kape

stewart2021


Stewart

Simon Head
@simonhead
2021: 20-18

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2019 Champion*

edwards2021


Edwards

spann2021


Spann

ige2021


Ige

grant2021


Grant

nicolau2021


Nicolau

stewart2021


Stewart

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 20-18

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2014 Champion

edwards2021


Edwards

spann2021


Spann

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

kape2021


Kape

anders2021


Anders

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 19-19

edwards2021


Edwards

spann2021


Spann

ige2021


Ige

martinez2021


Martinez

kape2021


Kape

stewart2021


Stewart

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 18-20

muhammad2021


Muhammad

spann2021


Spann

tucker2021


Tucker

martinez2021


Martinez

nicolau2021


Nicolau

anders2021


Anders

The UFC stays on its home turf in Las Vegas this week with a welterweight clash atop the bill.

UFC Fight Night 187 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The event streams on ESPN+.

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In the main event, Leon Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) takes on replacement opponent Belal Muhammad (18-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) at welterweight. Edwards is a -275 favorite at BetMGM, and he has a 9-4 lead in the picks from our 13 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, Misha Cirkunov (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) meets Ryan Spann (18-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at light heavyweight. Cirkunov is a slim -125 favorite, but it’s Spann with a 7-6 edge in the picks.

It’s a close fight from a betting perspective between featherweights Dan Ige (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Gavin Tucker (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) with Ige a -155 favorite. But he has a big 11-2 lead in the picks.

Jonathan Martinez (13-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is the main card’s biggest favorite at -300 at bantamweight against Davey Grant (10-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC). He’s also the biggest favorite from our staff pickers, near unanimous at 12-1.

Manel Kape (15-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is a -140 favorite at flyweight against Matheus Nicolau (15-2-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), and he’s got just a narrow 7-6 edge in our picks.

And to open the main card, Darren Stewart (12-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) is a -185 favorite at middleweight against Eryk Anders (13-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC), and he’s got a big 9-4 lead in the picks.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Edwards (68 percent), Cirkunov (51 percent), Ige (65 percent), Martinez (72 percent), Nicolau (50.1 percent) and Stewart (61 percent) are the choices.

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