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UFC on ESPN+ 26 predictions: Is it Paul Felder or Dan Hooker in New Zealand?

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Felder
vs.
Hooker
Crute
vs.
Oleksiejczuk
Kowalkiewicz
vs.
Xiaonan
De Lima
vs.
Sosoli
Mustafaev
vs.
Riddell
Aguilar
vs.
Tukhugov
MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2020: 16-10
felder2020
Felder
(53%)
crute2020
Crute
(63%)
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
(63%)
sosoli2020
Sosoli
(63%)
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
(66%)
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
(64%)
Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2020: 20-6
hooker2020
Hooker
oleksiejczuk2020
Oleksiejczuk
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
aguilar2020
Aguilar
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2020: 20-6
trophy copy 2017 Champion
felder2020
Felder
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
Dave Doyle
@davedoylemma
2020: 19-7
felder2020
Felder
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
Nolan King
@mma_kings
2020: 19-7
hooker2020
Hooker
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2020: 19-7
hooker2020
Hooker
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2020: 19-7
hooker2020
Hooker
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
sosoli2020
Sosoli
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2020: 19-7
hooker2020
Hooker
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2020: 19-7
trophy copy 2014 Champion
felder2020
Felder
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2020: 18-8
felder2020
Felder
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
riddell2020
Riddell
aguilar2020
Aguilar
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2020: 18-8
hooker2020
Hooker
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
sosoli2020
Sosoli
riddell2020
Riddell
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
Simon Head
@simonhead
2020: 18-8
trophy copy 2019 Champion*
hooker2020
Hooker
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2020: 17-9
trophy copy 2018 Champion
hooker2020
Hooker
crute2020
Crute
xiaonan2020
Xiaonan
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
aguilar2020
Aguilar
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2020: 16-10
hooker2020
Hooker
oleksiejczuk2020
Oleksiejczuk
kowalkiewicz2020
Kowalkiewicz
delima2020
De Lima
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
tukhugov2020
Tukhugov
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2020: 12-14
felder2020
Felder
crute2020
Crute
kowalkiewicz2020
Kowalkiewicz
sosoli2020
Sosoli
mustafaev2020
Mustafaev
aguilar2020
Aguilar

The UFC is back in New Zealand this week with a local standout in a lightweight showdown atop the card.

UFC on ESPN+ 26 takes place Saturday (Sunday locally) at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The event streams on ESPN+.

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

In the main event, Paul Felder (17-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) takes on New Zealand’s own Dan Hooker (19-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in a lightweight fight that is a couple years in the making. Hooker is just a slight favorite from the oddsmakers, but he has a fairly substantial 9-5 lead in the picks from our 14 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

In the co-main event, Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is a -150 favorite in his light heavyweight fight against Australia’s Jimmy Crute (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). But it’s Crute who has a whopping 12-2 lead in our picks.

Yan Xiaonan (11-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is the biggest favorite on the main card in her women’s strawweight bout against Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC). Xiaonan has a big 12-2 picks lead.

Also on the main card, Marcos Rogerio de Lima (16-6-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is a mild favorite against Australia’s Ben Sosoli (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at heavyweight. The Brazilian has an 11-3 edge in the picks.

Magomed Mustafaev (14-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is a -150 favorite in his lightweight bout against Brad Riddell (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and he’s got a 12-2 blowout picks lead.

And to open the main card, Kevin Aguilar (17-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) takes on Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) in a featherweight fight. Aguilar is a slight favorite at the sportsbooks, but it’s Tukhugov who has a heavy 10-4 lead in the picks from our staff members.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Felder (53 percent), Crute (63 percent), Xiaonan (63 percent), Sosoli (63 percent), Mustafaev (66 percent) and Tukhugov (64 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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