UFC 230 staff predictions: Is anyone picking Lewis to upset Cormier for heavyweight title?

Cormier
vs.
Lewis
Souza
vs.
Weidman
Branch
vs.
Cannonier
Marshman
vs.
Roberson
Adesanya
vs.
Brunson
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2018: 133-84
cormier2018
Cormier
(72%)
weidman2018
Weidman
(60%)
branch2018
Branch
(88%)
roberson2018
Roberson
(62%)
adesanya2018
Adesanya
(70%)
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2018: 145-72
cormier2018
Cormier
souza2018
Souza
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2018: 141-76
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Ben Fowlkes
@BenFowlkesMMA
2018: 138-79
trophy copy 2016 Champion
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
marshman2018
Marshman
brunson2018
Brunson
Trent Reinsmith
@TrentReinsmith
2018: 137-80
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2018: 136-81
lewis2018
Lewis
souza2018
Souza
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2018: 134-83
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2018: 133-84
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2018: 132-85
trophy copy 2014 Champion
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Steven Marrocco
@MMAjunkieSteven
2018: 131-86
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Fernanda Prates
@nandaprates_
2018: 129-88
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2018: 127-90
trophy copy 2017 Champion
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2018: 123-94
cormier2018
Cormier
weidman2018
Weidman
branch2018
Branch
roberson2018
Roberson
adesanya2018
Adesanya
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2018: 122-95
lewis2018
Lewis
souza2018
Souza
cannonier2018
Cannonier
marshman2018
Marshman
brunson2018
Brunson

The UFC is back in the “Big Apple” this week for its third straight November show at one of the world’s most famous venues.

UFC 230 takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view 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, heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) puts his title on the line against challenger Derrick Lewis (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC) in a fight put together only a month before the event. Cormier, also the light heavyweight champ, is a heavy 7-1 favorite. And not surprisingly, he’s the pick of 11 of our 13 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

The co-main event is one of four middleweight bouts on the main card and features former champion Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) against ex-Strikeforce champ Ronaldo Souza (25-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC). Weidman is nearly a 2-1 favorite and has a big 10-3 edge in the picks.

Former two-division WSOF champ David Branch (22-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) takes on short-notice replacement Jared Cannonier (10-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) in the middle of the main card. Branch is one of the biggest favorites on the card at -450 and is a big favorite in the picks at 12-1.

Jack Marshman (22-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) takes on Karl Roberson (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in another middleweight bout on the main card. Roberson is nearly a 3-1 favorite and a big favorite among our pickers at 11-2.

And to open the main card, Israel Adesanya (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran Derek Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC). Adesanya is more than a 3-1 favorite and has a massive 11-2 lead in the picks.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Cormier (72 percent), Weidman (60 percent), Branch (88 percent), Roberson (62 percent) and Adesanya (70 percent) are the choices.

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