UFC on ESPN+ 7 staff predictions: Who's getting unanimous picks in Russia?

Overeem

vs.

Oleinik
Makhachev

vs.

Tsarukyan
Golm

vs.

Pavlovich
Clark

vs.

Shtyrkov
Modafferi

vs.

Shevchenko
Amedovski

vs.

Jotko
MMA Junkie readers’

consensus picks

2019: 56-21
overeem2019

Overeem

(63%)
makhachev2019

Makhachev

(84%)
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich

(82%)
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov

(78%)
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko

(83%)
jotko2019

Jotko

(69%)
Fernanda Prates

@nandaprates_

2019: 68-28 (71%)
oleinik2019

Oleinik
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
Dan Tom

@DanTomMMA

2019: 66-30 (69%)
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
Ben Fowlkes

@BenFowlkesMMA

2019: 66-30 (69%)

trophy copy 2016 Champion
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
Trent Reinsmith

@TrentReinsmith

2019: 66-30 (69%)
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
Simon Samano

@SJSamano

2019: 65-31 (68%)
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
Ken Hathaway

@kenshathaway

2019: 64-32 (67%)

trophy copy 2018 Champion
oleinik2019

Oleinik
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
modafferi2019

Modafferi
jotko2019

Jotko
Mike Bohn

@MikeBohnMMA

2019: 63-33 (66%)

trophy copy 2014 Champion
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
Matt Erickson

@MMAjunkieMatt

2019: 63-33 (66%)
oleinik2019

Oleinik
makhachev2019

Makhachev
golm2019

Golm
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
John Morgan

@MMAjunkieJohn

2019: 62-34 (65%)
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
golm2019

Golm
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
modafferi2019

Modafferi
jotko2019

Jotko
Brian Garcia

@thegoze

2019: 60-36 (63%)

trophy copy 2017 Champion
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
amedovski2019

Amedovski
Steven Marrocco

@MMAjunkieSteven

2019: 59-37 (61%)
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
golm2019

Golm
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
amedovski2019

Amedovski
Abbey Subhan

@kammakaze

2019: 58-38 (60%)
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
golm2019

Golm
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
George Garcia

@MMAjunkieGeorge

2019: 54-42 (56%)
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
jotko2019

Jotko
Dave Doyle

@davedoylemma

2019: 2-3 (40%)
overeem2019

Overeem
makhachev2019

Makhachev
pavlovich2019

Pavlovich
shtyrkov2019

Shtyrkov
shevchenko2019

Shevchenko
amedovski2019

Amedovski

The UFC is back in Russia this week with a big heavyweight fight at the top of the card.

UFC on ESPN+ 7 takes place Saturday at Yubileyniy Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia. The card streams on ESPN+.

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

In the main event, former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and ex-UFC title challenger Alistair Overeem (44-17 MMA, 9-6 UFC) takes on Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC). Overeem is more than a 2-1 favorite in the fight, and he gets the nod from 11 of our 14 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

In the co-main event, Islam Makhachev (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) takes on promotional newcomer Arman Tsarukyan (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a lightweight bout. Makhachev is the biggest favorite on the card, and not surprisingly is one of our two 14-0 unanimous picks.

The other unanimous nod goes to unbeaten light heavyweight newcomer Ivan Shtyrkov (16-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who is a 2-1 favorite from the oddsmakers. He pitched a picks shutout against Devin Clark (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC).

Also on the main card, Marcelo Golm (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) meets Sergei Pavlovich (12-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a heavyweight bout. Pavlovich is more than a 3-1 favorite and he has a big 10-4 lead in the picks.

Antonina Shevchenko (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), sister of UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, is more than a 3-1 favorite against veteran Roxanne Modafferi (22-15 MMA, 1-3 UFC), and Shevchenko has a big 12-2 lead in the picks.

And to open the main card, Alen Amedovski (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut in a middleweight bout against Krzysztof Jotko (19-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC). Jotko is a 2-1 favorite and has a big 11-3 advantage from our pickers.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Overeem (63 percent), Makhachev (84 percent), Pavlovich (82 percent), Shtyrkov (78 percent), Shevchenko (83 percent) and Jotko (69 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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