Fighters make UFC 209 picks


UFC 209 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday, March 5, 2017.

Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) will look to defend his UFC welterweight title against Stephen Thompson (13-1-1) in the UFC 209 main event this Saturday, March 2, 2017. The first time the two 170 lbs. fighters met, the fight ended in a majority draw at UFC 205 Nov. 12, 2016.

After the bout between Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA)  Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA) was scratched when Nurmagomedov went to the hospital due to weight cut issues, Rashad Evans (19-5-1 MMA) and Daniel Kelly (12-1 MMA) became the new co-main event.

The card features lightweight match-up between Lando Vannata (9-1 MMA) and David Teymur (5-1 MMA). In the opening bout of the main card, Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA), who is currently suing the UFC for mistreatment, will take on fellow heavyweight Alistair Overeem (41-15 MMA).

NJ MMA News asked local fighter who they think will win at UFC 209.

Jimmie Rivera, UFC Bantamweight (20-1 MMA)

Picks: Thompson. Big fan of the karts background. Rashad Evans. Feel bad he has had a bad run. He really needs a win. I want Teymur to win. Mark Hunt vs Overeem, I just want to see a war, end with a knock out, either guy could win. Doesn’t matter to me. If I had to pick, Mark Hunt.

Chris Piriz, PA Cage Fight Bantamweight (4-3 MMA)

Picks: I think I’m going to have to go with Woodley, Evans, Vannata and Hunt.

Jared “Flash” Gordon, CFFC Featherweight Champion (12-1 MMA)

Picks: Tyron, Evans, Lando and Hunt.
Sergio “The Savage” da Silva, CFFC Bantamweight (6-8 MMA)


Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.