UFC on FOX 26 staff picks: Lawler or 'RDA'? Who gets nod in battle of former champs?

15 December 2017

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Lawler

vs.

Dos Anjos
Emmett

vs.

Lamas
Perry

vs.

Ponzinibbio
Cirkunov

vs.

Teixeira
MMAjunkie readers’

consensus picks

2017: 122-85
lawler2017

Lawler

(70%)
lamas2017

Lamas

(83%)
perry2017

Perry

(53%)
cirkunov2017

Cirkunov

(51%)
Brian Garcia

@thegoze

2017: 131-76
lawler2017

Lawler
lamas2017

Lamas
ponzinibbio2017

Ponzinibbio
cirkunov2017

Cirkunov
Simon Samano

@SJSamano

2017: 130-77
lawler2017

Lawler
lamas2017

Lamas
perry2017

Perry
cirkunov2017

Cirkunov
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA

2017: 128-79

trophy copy 2016 Champion
dosanjos2017

Dos Anjos
lamas2017

Lamas
perry2017

Perry
cirkunov2017

Cirkunov
Dann Stupp

@DannStupp

2017: 127-80

trophy copy 2015 Champion
dosanjos2017

Dos Anjos
lamas2017

Lamas
ponzinibbio2017

Ponzinibbio
cirkunov2017

Cirkunov
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven

2017: 126-81
lawler2017

Lawler
lamas2017

Lamas
perry2017

Perry
cirkunov2017

Cirkunov
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn

2017: 123-84
dosanjos2017

Dos Anjos
lamas2017

Lamas
perry2017

Perry
gteixeira2017

Teixeira
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA

2017: 121-86

trophy copy 2014 Champion
lawler2017

Lawler
lamas2017

Lamas
ponzinibbio2017

Ponzinibbio
gteixeira2017

Teixeira
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_

2017: 121-86
lawler2017

Lawler
lamas2017

Lamas
perry2017

Perry
cirkunov2017

Cirkunov
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt

2017: 119-88
lawler2017

Lawler
lamas2017

Lamas
perry2017

Perry
gteixeira2017

Teixeira
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge

2017: 119-88
lawler2017

Lawler
lamas2017

Lamas
perry2017

Perry
gteixeira2017

Teixeira

The UFC is back in Canada for its penultimate event of 2017, and a battle between two former champions headlines the card.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) takes on former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), who now is fighting at 170 pounds. The fight virtually is a pick’em with the oddsmakers, but it’s Lawler who is the pick of seven of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, former featherweight title challenger Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) is the lone unanimous pick on the card. All 10 of our pickers are taking him to top short-notice replacement Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who stepped in after Lamas’ original opponent, former champ Jose Aldo, was tapped to challenge titleholder Max Holloway in the UFC 218 main event.

Also on the main card, Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is the underdog in his welterweight fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC), but he’s got a 7-3 edge in our staff picks. And to open the main card, Misha Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is the 6-4 choice over former light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Lawler, Lamas, Perry and Cirkunov are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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