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UFC on ESPN+ 16 predictions: Do we like 'Cowboy' Cerrone or Gaethje in potential slugfest?

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Cerrone
vs.
Gaethje
Krylov
vs.
Teixeira
Duffee
vs.
Hughes
Connelly
vs.
Pereira
Hall
vs.
Junior
Cirkunov
vs.
Crute
MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2019: 153-78 (66%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
(55%)
teixeira2019
Teixeira
(52%)
duffee2019
Duffee
(78%)
pereira2019
Pereira
(91%)
junior2019
Junior
(59%)
crute2019
Crute
(60%)
Nolan King
@mma_kings
2019: 61-23 (73%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
krylov2019
Krylov
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
Simon Head
@simonhead
2019: 64-25 (72%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
krylov2019
Krylov
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2019: 157-74 (68%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
teixeira2019
Teixeira
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
cirkunov2019
Cirkunov
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2019: 155-76 (67%)
cerrone2019
Cerrone
teixeira2019
Teixeira
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2019: 52-26 (67%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
teixeira2019
Teixeira
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2019: 151-80 (65%)
trophy copy 2018 Champion
gaethje2019
Gaethje
teixeira2019
Teixeira
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2019: 151-80 (65%)
cerrone2019
Cerrone
krylov2019
Krylov
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2019: 148-83 (64%)
trophy copy 2014 Champion
gaethje2019
Gaethje
teixeira2019
Teixeira
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
hall2019
Hall
crute2019
Crute
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2019: 147-84 (64%)
trophy copy 2017 Champion
gaethje2019
Gaethje
krylov2019
Krylov
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
Steven Marrocco
@MMAjunkieSteven
2019: 146-85 (63%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
krylov2019
Krylov
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2019: 140-91 (61%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
teixeira2019
Teixeira
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
hall2019
Hall
crute2019
Crute
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2019: 138-93 (60%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
krylov2019
Krylov
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
Dave Doyle
@davedoylemma
2019: 81-58 (58%)
gaethje2019
Gaethje
krylov2019
Krylov
duffee2019
Duffee
pereira2019
Pereira
junior2019
Junior
crute2019
Crute
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2019: 128-103 (55%)
cerrone2019
Cerrone
krylov2019
Krylov
hughes2019
Hughes
connelly2019
Connelly
hall2019
Hall
cirkunov2019
Cirkunov

The UFC is back in Canada this week, and a potential lightweight thriller headlines the show.

UFC on ESPN+ 16 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The card streams on ESPN+.

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

In the main event, Donald Cerrone (38-12 MMA, 23-9 UFC) takes on former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje (20-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a highly anticipated fight. Gaethje has won a performance bonus in each of his five UFC fights and has six overall. Cerrone is the UFC’s bonus record-holder and has won five in his past four bouts, including a double bonus of his own. Gaethje is a 2-1 favorite, and our 14 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are backing him at a fairly hefty 11-3 clip.

In the light heavyweight co-feature, Nikita Krylov (26-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) meets former title challenger Glover Teixeira (29-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC). It’s virtually a pick’em with the oddsmakers, and our staff members torn, too. Krylov has just an 8-6 edge in the picks.

Also on the main card, Todd Duffee (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) returns after a layoff of more than four years when he meets fellow heavyweight Jeff Hughes (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Despite the layoff, Duffee is a slight favorite – and a huge favorite with our pickers at 13-1.

Local fighter Tristan Connelly (13-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is taking advantage of a short-notice opportunity to fight Michel Pereira (23-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at welterweight. The late nature of his addition to the card has our staff members going with logic to make Pereira a 13-1 pick.

Uriah Hall (14-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) meets Antonio Carlos Junior (10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in a middleweight fight. Junior is a slight favorite, but he’s got a big picks lead at 10-4.

And to open the main card, Misha Cirkunov (14-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) takes on Jim Crute (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at light heavyweight. Crute is a slight favorite at about -150, but has a massive 12-2 lead in the picks.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Gaethje (55%), Teixeira (52 percent), Duffee (78 percent), Pereira (91 percent), Junior (59 percent) and Crute (60 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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