04 Jun, 2020

UFC on ESPN+ 21 predictions: Can Calvin Kattar upset Zabit Magomedsharipov in Moscow?

The UFC is back in Russia this week with highly touted featherweights at the top of the lineup.

UFC on ESPN+ 21 takes place Saturday at CSKA Arena in Moscow. The card streams on ESPN+.

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

In the main event, Zabit Magomedsharipov (17-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) takes on Calvin Kattar (20-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a bout rescheduled from earlier this fall at UFC Boston. The oddsmakers have made Magomedsharipov a favorite of nearly 3-1, and he’s the pick for nine of our 13 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

In the co-main event, Greg Hardy (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) steps up on short notice to take on former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov (30-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC). Volkov was set to fight Junior Dos Santos in the main event before Dos Santos fell off the card. Volkov is a 3-1 favorite, and he’s got a big 11-2 lead in the picks.

Also on the main card, Zelim Imadaev (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) meets Danny Roberts (16-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) in a welterweight fight. Imadaev is a 2-1 favorite and has a big 10-3 picks lead.

Ed Herman (23-14 MMA, 11-10 UFC) travels into hostile territory to take on Khadis Ibragimov (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout. But it’s Ibragimov with a big 9-4 lead in the picks.

Ramazan Emeev (18-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is a slight favorite at welterweight against Anthony Rocco Martin (16-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC), but it’s Martin defying the numbers with a heavy 9-4 lead from our pickers.

And to open the main card, only one of our staff members is taking Klidson Abreu (15-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to upset 2-1 favorite Shamil Gamzatov (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in their middleweight bout.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Magomedsharipov (66%), Volkov (82 percent), Imadaev (57 percent), Ibragimov (55 percent), Emeev (52 percent) and Gamzatov (79 percent) are the choices.

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