UFC Albany: Fight Pass Main Card Staff Predictions

Despite losing its few truly relevant matchups, UFC Albany should provide an entertaining night of fights in Central New York.

With two of the most entertaining heavyweights today occupying the main and co-main event, what UFC Albany lacks in great fighters, it will make up for in great fights. Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis makes his next step towards a top-10 foe after having his last fight cancelled, and Francis Ngannou looks to prove that he truly is the future of the division.

Not one writer was below .500 last week for the six-fight main card of the TUF 24 Finale. Only one fight was picked incorrectly by eight writers. Six writers took home a 4-2 record on the night, and two broke even at 3-3.

  • #8 Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Anthony Hamilton
  • #10 Corey Anderson vs. Sean O’Connell
  • Gian Villante vs. Saparbek Safarov

Check out our picks below, with the writers sorted by winning percentage in 2016.

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Cage Pages UFC Albany Predictions
Staff Writers  Villante vs. Safarov Anderson vs. O’Connell  Ngannou vs. Hamilton Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov
Harry Davies
(22-8)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Jake Krier
(124-64)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Nick Strickland
(24-12)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Gabriel Gonzalez
(43-23)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Mitch Williams
(98-61)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Jack Kopanski
(97-62)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Sean Bio
(117-76)
Safarov Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Ryan Wagner
(49-32)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Dan Doherty
(114-79)
Safarov Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Anthony Mazziotti
(107-75) 
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Griffin Youngs
(21-15)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Alex Solano
(8-6)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Jason Payne
(28-22)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Eddie Law
(20-16) 
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Paarth Pande
(17-14)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Dan Forkapa
(13-17)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis
Michael Scrivener
(0-0)
Villante Anderson Ngannou Lewis

This is new territory for Cage Pages, as three of the four main card fights are unanimous selections. Derrick Lewis, Francis Ngannou, and Corey Anderson are all sure things according to the 17 writers that picked. Only two writers went against Gian Villante in the main card opener, making for a very one-sided main card.

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