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UFC on FOX 27 staff picks: Who do we like in 'Jacare' Souza vs. Derek Brunson rematch?


Souza
vs.
Brunson
Bermudez
vs.
Fili
Gillespie
vs.
Rinaldi
Camacho
vs.
Dober
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2018: 7-6
souza2018
Souza
(60%)
bermudez2018
Bermudez
(71%)
gillespie2018
Gillespie
(85%)
dober2018
Dober
(66%)
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2018: 9-4
brunson2018
Brunson
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
camacho2018
Camacho
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2018: 9-4
brunson2018
Brunson
fili2018
Fili
gillespie2018
Gillespie
camacho2018
Camacho
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2018: 9-4
brunson2018
Brunson
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
camacho2018
Camacho
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2018: 8-5
brunson2018
Brunson
fili2018
Fili
gillespie2018
Gillespie
dober2018
Dober
Steven Marrocco
@MMAjunkieSteven
2018: 7-6
brunson2018
Brunson
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
dober2018
Dober
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2018: 7-6
brunson2018
Brunson
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
dober2018
Dober
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2018: 7-6
trophy copy2014 Champion
brunson2018
Brunson
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
dober2018
Dober
Trent Reinsmith
@TrentReinsmith
2018: 7-6
souza2018
Souza
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
dober2018
Dober
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2018: 6-7
trophy copy2017 Champion
souza2018
Souza
fili2018
Fili
gillespie2018
Gillespie
camacho2018
Camacho
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2018: 6-7
souza2018
Souza
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
camacho2018
Camacho
Ben Fowlkes
@BenFowlkesMMA
2018: 6-7
trophy copy2016 Champion
souza2018
Souza
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
dober2018
Dober
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2018: 6-7
trophy copy2015 Champion
souza2018
Souza
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
dober2018
Dober
Fernanda Prates
@nandaprates_
2018: 6-7
brunson2018
Brunson
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
camacho2018
Camacho
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2018: 6-7
souza2018
Souza
bermudez2018
Bermudez
gillespie2018
Gillespie
camacho2018
Camacho

The UFC is ready to tee things up for the third straight weekend, and for the first time this calendar year on FOX.

UFC on FOX 27 takes place Saturday at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., and the main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, Ronaldo Souza (24-5 MMA, 7-2 UFC) meets Derek Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in a rematch. The middleweights fought five and a half years ago for Strikeforce, and “Jacare” knocked Brunson out in 41 seconds. He’s favored this time in the rematch, though not by much. But among our 14 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers, nine are picking Brunson in a mild upset to just five for Souza, a former Strikeforce champion.

In the co-feature, Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 MMA) meets Andre Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) in a featherweight bout. Bermudez, the slight betting favorite, has a big 11-3 lead in our picks.

Also on the main card, Gregor Gillespie (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is one of the event’s top two favorites in his lightweight meeting with Jordan Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Gillespie is a -550 favorite – and the lone unanimous pick among our staff members.

To open the main card on FOX, Frank Camacho (21-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Drew Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at welterweight. Dober is the favorite, but the fight is split right down the middle with our pickers at 7-7.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Souza, Bermudez, Gillespie and Dober are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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