Sean Strickland gets his first top-10 test in the main event of UFC Vegas 47 when he takes on Jack Hermansson. Cageside Press has its picks set.

Staff Writers
Erosa vs. Peterson
Gore vs. Battle
Alvey vs. Allen
Rakhmonov vs. Harris
Soriano vs. Maximov
Hermansson vs. Strickland
Alex Behunin (8-3)
Dylan Bowker (8-3)
Justin Gibbons (7-4)
Eddie Law (7-4)
Jay Anderson (6-5)
Gabriel Gonzalez (5-6)
Dan Doherty (5-6)
Chris Prawdzik (5-6)

The main event of UFC Vegas 47 puts Sean Strickland’s five-fight win streak on the line as he takes on top-10 middleweight Jack Hermansson. Strickland is 4-0 since moving up to middleweight, most notably defeating up-and-comer Brendan Allen. Hermansson has won two of three, falling to Marvin Vettori in the lone loss. All but one writer picked Strickland.

The co-main event is a Contender Series alumni battle as Punahele Soriano faces Nick Maximov. Soriano is a brawler who is looking to rebound from his first career loss, falling to Brendan Allen. Maximov is a Diaz brothers protege with a 7-0 record, winning in his promotional debut last time out. All but one writer picked Maximov.

A pair of fiery prospects will battle as Shavkat Rakhmonov fights Carlston Harris. Rakhmonov is 14-0 with a pair of submissions in the Octagon. Harris is 2-0 in the UFC, stopping both of his opponents in the first round. Rakhmonov was picked unanimously.

It’s a rising contender vs. former fan favorite on the main card as Sam Alvey looks to end his seven-fight winless streak against the very promising Brendan Allen. Alvey last won in 2018 and is back at middleweight after a seven-fight stint at light heavyweight. Allen is 5-2 in the UFC, having slowed down after his initial entrance to the promotion, having lost two of his last four. All but one writer picked Allen.

The TUF 29 Finale that never was takes place on the main card as Tresean Gore faces Bryan Battle. Battle is 6-1 with numerous submissions on his resume. Gore pulled out of the first fight due to a knee injury and he is 3-0 with a pair of stoppages. Battle was picked by five of eight writers.

Opening up the UFC Vegas 47 main card will be Julian Erosa and Steven Peterson. Erosa has come alive in his third UFC stint, going 3-1 after going 0-4 on his first two runs with the promotion. Peterson has won his last two fights after a two-fight losing streak, getting the better of Martin Bravo and Chase Hooper. All but one writer picked Erosa.


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