The UFC follows up Mayweather vs. McGregor with a tiny event from Rotterdam, Netherlands, this afternoon, and Cageside Press has their picks set.
|Staff Writers||Leon Edwards vs. Bryan Barberena||Marion Reneau vs. Talita Bernardo||Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson||Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov|
|Heath Harshman (47-25)|
|Paarth Pande (39-27)|
|Jason Payne (23-16)|
|Dan Doherty (40-32)|
|Harry Davies (40-32)|
|Jay Anderson (37-35)|
|Eddie Law (36-36)|
With this card taking place on UFC Fight Pass, just four bouts will take place on the main card beginning at 3 p.m. EST.
The headlining bout between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov will go down in the record books as the tallest fight in UFC history (7’0″ vs. 6’7″ respectively). However, the gap between the heavyweights is not that narrow according to Cageside Press. All seven writers selected “Skyscraper” to take home the victory in front of his home country.
The co-main event features Siyar Bahadurzada looking to continue his momentum following a multi-year absence from the sport. After submitting Brandon Thatch early last year, Bahadurzada lands undefeated Australian prospect Rob Wilkinson. Wilkinson is 11-0 heading into his promotional debut, finishing 10 of those opponents. Wilkinson was favored by three writers while Bahadurzada was picked by the other four.
Germaine De Randamie vs. Marion Reneau was originally planned to be on the main card, but De Randamie pulled out, earning her even more fans. Marion Reneau now faces debuting Brazilian Talita Bernard. Bernard is just 5-1 in her career but has secured four of those victories with a submission. Reneau has struggled of late with a 1-1-1 record in her last three, although the loss and the draw were controversial on the scorecards. All seven writers sided with the UFC veteran in this bout.
Opening up the main card is an interesting stylistic matchup between Bryan Barberena and Leon Edwards. Both men have impressive records in the Octagon, with Edwards sporting a 5-2 record and Barberena coming in at 4-2. Barberena has shut down prospects Warlley Alves and Sage Northcutt along the way, while Leon Edwards holds solid victories over Albert Tumenov and Vicente Luque in his last two. Edwards received the close 4-3 nod from the staff.