UFC Fight Night 224 predictions: Who’s picking Angela Hill to upset Mackenzie Dern?

Dern
vs.
Hill

Hernandez
vs.
Shahbazyan

Ducote
vs.
Godinez

Buckley
vs.
Fialho

Ferreira
vs.
Johnson

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
73-51

dern2023


Dern
(79%)

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Hernandez
(54%)

godinez2023


Godinez
(74%)

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Buckley
(69%)

johnson2023


Johnson
(52%)

Matt Erickson
@MattE
81-43

dern2023


Dern

hernandez2023


Hernandez

godinez2023


Godinez

buckley2023


Buckley

ferreira2023


Ferreira

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
78-46

dern2023


Dern

shahbazyan2023


Shahbazyan

ducote2023


Ducote

buckley2023


Buckley

ferreira2023


Ferreira

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
77-47

dern2023


Dern

shahbazyan2023


Shahbazyan

godinez2023


Godinez

buckley2023


Buckley

ferreira2023


Ferreira

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
74-50

dern2023


Dern

hernandez2023


Hernandez

godinez2023


Godinez

buckley2023


Buckley

johnson2023


Johnson

Nolan King
@mma_kings
74-50

dern2023


Dern

hernandez2023


Hernandez

ducote2023


Ducote

buckley2023


Buckley

ferreira2023


Ferreira

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohn
72-52

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2014 Champion

dern2023


Dern

shahbazyan2023


Shahbazyan

godinez2023


Godinez

buckley2023


Buckley

ferreira2023


Ferreira

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
-70-54

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2018, 2022 Champion

dern2023


Dern

shahbazyan2023


Shahbazyan

godinez2023


Godinez

buckley2023


Buckley

ferreira2023


Ferreira

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
68-56

dern2023


Dern

shahbazyan2023


Shahbazyan

godinez2023


Godinez

buckley2023


Buckley

ferreira2023


Ferreira

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
68-56

hill2023


Hill

shahbazyan2023


Shahbazyan

godinez2023


Godinez

buckley2023


Buckley

johnson2023


Johnson

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
68-56

dern2023


Dern

shahbazyan2023


Shahbazyan

ducote2023


Ducote

buckley2023


Buckley

johnson2023


Johnson

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
65-59

trophy copy

2017 Champion

dern2023


Dern

shahbazyan2023


Shahbazyan

ducote2023


Ducote

buckley2023


Buckley

ferreira2023


Ferreira

The UFC is back in its “Sin City” home base with a slightly delayed women’s strawweight bout at the top of the card.

UFC Fight Night 224 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.

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

In the main event, Mackenzie Dern (12-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) takes on Angela Hill (15-12 MMA, 10-12 UFC) in a women’s 115-pound matchup that was supposed to take place this past week at UFC on ABC 4 until it was pulled to headline this card. Jiu-jitsu ace Dern nearly is a 2-1 favorite at most sportsbooks, and she’s got a big lead in the picks from our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers, who have it as a blowout for her at 10-1.

In the co-feature, Anthony Hernandez (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets Edmen Shahbazyan (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in a middleweight matchup. Hernandez is a big favorite at nearly 3-1, but only three of our staff members are picking him and have Shahbazyan in an upset at 8-3.

Also on the main card, Emily Ducote (12-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Loopy Godinez (9-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) fight at a 120-pound contract weight, granted due to the short notice for Godinez, who stepped in for Polyana Viana. Godinez is a mild favorite, and she’s got a 7-4 lead in the picks.

Joaquin Buckley (15-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is a 2-1 favorite at middleweight against Andre Fialho (16-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC), and he’s also our only unanimous pick on the main card at 11-0.

And to open the main card at lightweight, Michael Johnson (21-18 MMA, 13-14 UFC) will try to get back to .500 in the UFC when he takes on Diego Ferreira (17-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC). Ferreira is a -150 favorite and has a big 8-3 lead from our pickers.

In the MMA Junkie consensus picks, Dern (79 percent), Hernandez (54 percent), Godinez (74 percent), Buckley (69 percent) and Johnson (52 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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