Font
vs.
Aldo
Fiziev
vs.
Riddell
Crute
vs.
Hill
Guida
vs.
Santos
Allen
vs.
Curtis
Gall
vs.
Morono

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 200-109

Aldo
(51%)

Riddell
(52%)

Crute
(69%)

Santos
(67%)

Allen
(76%)

Morono
(75%)

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 203-106

Font

Fiziev

Crute

Santos

Allen

Morono

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 197-112

Aldo

Fiziev

Crute

Guida

Allen

Morono

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 193-116
2014 Champion

Font

Riddell

Hill

Santos

Allen

Morono

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 192-117

Aldo

Riddell

Hill

Santos

Curtis

Gall

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 191-118

Font

Fiziev

Crute

Santos

Allen

Morono

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 190-119
2020 Champion

Aldo

Riddell

Crute

Santos

Allen

Morono

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 186-123

Aldo

Fiziev

Crute

Santos

Allen

Morono

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 184-125
2018 Champion

Aldo

Fiziev

Crute

Santos

Allen

Gall

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 180-129

Font

Fiziev

Hill

Santos

Allen

Gall

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 179-130
2017 Champion

Font

Fiziev

Hill

Santos

Allen

Morono

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 179-130

Font

Riddell

Hill

Guida

Curtis

Gall

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 178-131

Aldo

Fiziev

Crute

Santos

Allen

Morono

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
2021: 120-73

Aldo

Riddell

Hill

Santos

Allen

Morono

The UFC starts to wind down 2021 this week in Las Vegas with a former champion at the top of the bill.

UFC on ESPN 31 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

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

In the main event, Rob Font (19-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) takes on former featherweight champ Jose Aldo (30-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC) at bantamweight. Font is a -150 favorite at Tipico; the comeback on Aldo is +120. But our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are siding with the slight underdog, Aldo, by the narrowest possible margin at 7-6.

In the co-feature, Rafael Fiziev (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) takes on Brad Riddell (10-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at lightweight. Fiziev is a slight -130 favorite, and he’s got an 8-5 edge from our pickers.

Also on the main card, Jimmy Crute (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets Jamahal Hill (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at light heavyweight. Crute is a -180 favorite, but he has just a 7-6 lead in the picks.

Longtime fighter Clay Guida (36-21 MMA, 16-15 UFC) takes on Leonardo Santos (18-4-1 MMA, 7-1-1 UFC) at lightweight. Santos is a -180 favorite and has a big 11-2 picks lead.

Brendan Allen (17-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC) fights Chris Curtis (27-8 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at middleweight in what is a quick turnaround for Curtis. Allen is the biggest favorite on the entire card at -350, and he’s got an 11-2 lead in the picks.

And to open the main card, Mickey Gall (7-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) takes on Alex Morono (20-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at welterweight. Morono is a -180 favorite, and he’s got a big 9-4 lead from our staff pickers.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Aldo (51 percent), Riddell (52 percent), Crute (69 percent), Santos (67 percent), Allen (76 percent) and Morono (75 percent) are the choices.

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