A main event match-up of fan-favorites headlines UFC Vegas 57 as Arman Tsarukyan battles Mateusz Gamrot in a lightweight banger. Cageside Press has its picks set.

Staff Picks
Curtis vs. Vieira
Maness vs. Nurmagomedov
Moises vs. Giagos
Parisian vs. Baudot
Magny vs. Rakhmanov
Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot
Gabriel Gonzalez (69-35)
Chris Prawdzik (73-38)
Alex Behunin (61-39))
Dan Doherty (59-41)
Jay Anderson (65-46)
Jamie Theodosi (3-2)

Arman Tsarukyan and Mateusz Gamrot are on the fringe of the top 10 of the lightweight division and are known for their exciting fighting styles. They headline UFC Vegas 57 as Tsarukyan comes in on a five-fight win streak while Gamrot has stopped his last three opponents. Coincidentally, both fighters lost in their UFC debuts before going on win streaks. Tsarukyan was picked by four of six writers.

The co-main event features top prospect Shavkat Rakhmonov taking on veteran Neil Magny. Rakhmonov is 15-0 in his career, stopping every opponent he has faced. Magny has won five of his last six fights with all of those contests going the distance. Rakhmonov was unanimously picked.

Heavyweights take center stage as Josh Parisian faces Alan Baudot. Parisian is 1-2 since joining the promotion through the Contender Series. Baudot is still looking for his first victory in the Octagon, losing in all three of his appearance (one loss was overturned after). Cageside Press was split at three picks apiece.

Thiago Moises and Christos Giagos square off on the main card. Moises has lost his last two fights after building up a three-fight win streak. Giagos recently had his two-fight win streak snapped by tonight’s headliner, Arman Tsarukyan. Cageside Press was split at three picks apiece.

Umar Nurmagomedov looks to continue his rise against Nate Maness. Nurmagomedov is 2-0 in the Octagon with a pair of submissions. Maness is 3-0 since joining the promotion, stopping his last two opponents. Nurmagomedov was unanimously picked.

Opening the UFC Vegas 57 main card will be Chris Curtis and Rodolfo Vieira. Curtis is 2-0 in the Octagon in a very impressive way, knocking out Brendan Allen and Phil Hawes. Vieira, a BJJ world champion, is 3-1 in the UFC with all of his wins coming by submission. All but one writer picked Curtis.