Holloway
vs.
Rodriguez
de Lima
vs.
Rothwell
Letson
vs.
Spencer
Baeza
vs.
Williams
Arce
vs.
Yadong

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 190-104

Holloway
(88%)

Rothwell
(72%)

Spencer
(86%)

Baeza
(51%)

Yadong
(81%)

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 194-100

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 188-106

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 184-110
2014 Champion

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 182-112
2020 Champion

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Arce

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 182-112

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 181-113

Holloway

de Lima

Spencer

Williams

Yadong

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 177-117

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 177-117
2018 Champion

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 172-122

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Arce

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 171-123
2017 Champion

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 169-125

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 169-125

Holloway

Rothwell

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
2021: 110-68

Holloway

de Lima

Spencer

Baeza

Yadong

The UFC is back home in Las Vegas this week with a former champion at the top of the lineup.

UFC Fight Night 197 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. 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 featherweight champion Max Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) takes on Yair Rodriguez (13-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who is fighting for the first time in more than two years. Holloway is a huge -800 favorite at Tipico; the comeback on Rodriguez is +470. Given those odds, it’s not surprising that not a single one of our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers is picking against Holloway.

In the co-feature, Marcos Rogerio de Lima (18-7-1 MMA, 7-5 UFC) meets Ben Rothwell (39-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) at heavyweight. And though Rothwell only is a -165 favorite, he’s got the support of 11 of our 13 staff members.

Also on the main card, Leah Letson (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on former Invicta champion and former UFC women’s featherweight title challenger Felicia Spencer (8-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Spencer is a big -320 favorite, and she’s our other unanimous pick.

Miguel Baeza (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) may be just a -150 favorite at welterweight against Khaos Williams (12-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), but he’s got a near-unanimous picks lead at 12-1.

And to open the main card, Song Yadong (17-5-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) is a slim -140 favorite at featherweight against Julio Arce (17-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC). Yadong has most of our backing – he’s an 11-2 pick.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Holloway (88 percent), Rothwell (72 percent), Spencer (86 percent), Baeza (51 percent) and Yadong (81 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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