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Ferguson
vs.
Lee
Johnson
vs.
Borg
Lewis
vs.
Werdum
Borella
vs.
Faria
Dariush
vs.
Dunham
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 91-66
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Ferguson
(80%)
djohnson2017
Johnson
(90%)
werdum2017
Werdum
(62%)
borella2017
Borella
(59%)
dariush2017
Dariush
(78%)
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 100-57
klee2017
Lee
djohnson2017
Johnson
werdum2017
Werdum
faria2017
Faria
dunham2017
Dunham
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 100-57
trophy copy2015 Champion
ferguson2017
Ferguson
djohnson2017
Johnson
werdum2017
Werdum
faria2017
Faria
dariush2017
Dariush
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 98-59
trophy copy2016 Champion
ferguson2017
Ferguson
djohnson2017
Johnson
dlewis2017
Lewis
faria2017
Faria
dariush2017
Dariush
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 97-60
ferguson2017
Ferguson
djohnson2017
Johnson
werdum2017
Werdum
faria2017
Faria
dariush2017
Dariush
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 96-61
klee2017
Lee
djohnson2017
Johnson
dlewis2017
Lewis
faria2017
Faria
dariush2017
Dariush
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 93-64
ferguson2017
Ferguson
djohnson2017
Johnson
werdum2017
Werdum
faria2017
Faria
dariush2017
Dariush
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 91-66
ferguson2017
Ferguson
djohnson2017
Johnson
dlewis2017
Lewis
faria2017
Faria
dariush2017
Dariush
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 90-67
klee2017
Lee
djohnson2017
Johnson
dlewis2017
Lewis
faria2017
Faria
dariush2017
Dariush
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 90-67
trophy copy2014 Champion
ferguson2017
Ferguson
djohnson2017
Johnson
werdum2017
Werdum
faria2017
Faria
dariush2017
Dariush
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 90-67
ferguson2017
Ferguson
djohnson2017
Johnson
dlewis2017
Lewis
borella2017
Borella
dunham2017
Dunham

The UFC returns to its Las Vegas home base this week, and a pair of titles are on the line.

UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) fight for an interim lightweight title and the chance to potentially move on to a title unification bout against Conor McGregor. Ferguson is about a 2-1 favorite, and he’s the pick of seven of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, dominant flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) takes on challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a fight delayed from UFC 215. Johnson is a 12-1 favorite, and to little surprise he’s the lone unanimous pick on this week’s card.

Also on the main card, Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) takes on former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC). And even though Lewis is a 2-1 favorite, the fight is split down the middle at 5-5 with our pickers. Mara Romero Borella (11-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Kalindra Faria (18-5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are a pair of promotional newcomers fighting at strawweight. Faria is a 2-1 favorite, and only one of our 10 pickers has the courage to go against her with the underdog.

And to open the main card, Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) meets Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at lightweight. It’s a runaway for Dariush, who is an 8-2 pick over Dunham.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Ferguson, Johnson, Werdum, Borella and Dariush are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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