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UFC Fight Night 126 staff picks: Who's picking 'Cowboy' Cerrone to snap his skid?


Cerrone
vs.
Medeiros
Lewis
vs.
Tybura
Trinaldo
vs.
Vick
Alves
vs.
Millender
Davis
vs.
Peterson
Gouti
vs.
Northcutt
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2018: 15-12
cerrone2018
Cerrone
(59%)
lewis2018
Lewis
(75%)
vick2018
Vick
(81%)
talves2018
Alves
(70%)
bdavis2018
Davis
(65%)
northcutt2018
Northcutt
(83%)
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2018: 17-10
cerrone2018
Cerrone
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
talves2018
Alves
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2018: 17-10
medeiros2018
Medeiros
tybura2018
Tybura
vick2018
Vick
millender2018
Millender
peterson2018
Peterson
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2018: 17-10
cerrone2018
Cerrone
tybura2018
Tybura
vick2018
Vick
talves2018
Alves
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2018: 16-11
trophy copy2014 Champion
cerrone2018
Cerrone
lewis2018
Lewis
trinaldo2018
Trinaldo
talves2018
Alves
peterson2018
Peterson
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Steven Marrocco
@MMAjunkieSteven
2018: 15-12
medeiros2018
Medeiros
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
millender2018
Millender
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2018: 15-12
trophy copy2015 Champion
cerrone2018
Cerrone
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
talves2018
Alves
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Trent Reinsmith
@TrentReinsmith
2018: 15-12
cerrone2018
Cerrone
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
talves2018
Alves
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2018: 14-13
cerrone2018
Cerrone
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
talves2018
Alves
peterson2018
Peterson
northcutt2018
Northcutt
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2018: 14-13
medeiros2018
Medeiros
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
millender2018
Millender
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Ben Fowlkes
@BenFowlkesMMA
2018: 14-13
trophy copy2016 Champion
cerrone2018
Cerrone
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
talves2018
Alves
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2018: 14-13
medeiros2018
Medeiros
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
talves2018
Alves
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Fernanda Prates
@nandaprates_
2018: 13-14
medeiros2018
Medeiros
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
millender2018
Millender
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2018: 13-14
trophy copy2017 Champion
medeiros2018
Medeiros
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
millender2018
Millender
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2018: 12-15
cerrone2018
Cerrone
lewis2018
Lewis
vick2018
Vick
talves2018
Alves
bdavis2018
Davis
northcutt2018
Northcutt

The UFC is back this weekend with a rare Sunday show in the “Lone Star State.”

UFC Fight Night 126 takes place Sunday at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, Donald Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) stays at welterweight, despite giving consideration for a move back to lightweight on the heels of a three-fight skid. He meets Yancy Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) in the headliner. He’s a mild betting favorite, and has just a small edge among our 14 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers. “Cowboy” is an 8-6 pick to snap his skid against Medeiros.

In the co-feature, Texas’ own Derrick Lewis (18-5-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) meets Marcin Tybura (16-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at heavyweight. Tybura is the favorite with the oddsmakers, but Lewis has a massive 12-2 run of support from our staff pickers.

Two other Texans on the main card are getting overwhelming support in our predictions. Lightweight James Vick (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) is a near-unanimous pick at 13-1 against Francisco Trinaldo (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC). And welterweight Sage Northcutt (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is the only unanimous pick in his fight against Thibault Gouti (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

Also on the main card, veteran welterweight Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) is a 9-5 pick over promotional newcomer Curtis Millender (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). And Brandon Davis (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is an 11-3 choice over Steven Peterson (16-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC), also from Texas, in their featherweight bout.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Cerrone, Lewis, Vick, Alves, Davis and Northcutt are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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