UFC on ESPN 12 predictions: Who’s picking Dan Hooker to upset Dustin Poirier?

Poirier
vs.
Hooker
Gall
vs.
Perry
Allen
vs.
Daukaus
Greene
vs.
Villante
MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2020: 56-36
poirier2020
Poirier
(75%)
perry2020
Perry
(57%)
allen2020
Allen
(77%)
greene2020
Greene
(66%)
Nolan King
@mma_kings
2020: 68-24
poirier2020
Poirier
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
greene2020
Greene
Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2020: 67-25
hooker2020
Hooker
gall2020
Gall
allen2020
Allen
greene2020
Greene
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2020: 66-26
poirier2020
Poirier
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
greene2020
Greene
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2020: 65-27
trophy copy 2014 Champion
poirier2020
Poirier
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
villante2020
Villante
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2020: 65-27
poirier2020
Poirier
gall2020
Gall
allen2020
Allen
villante2020
Villante
Simon Head
@simonhead
2020: 63-29
trophy copy 2019 Champion*
poirier2020
Poirier
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
greene2020
Greene
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2020: 63-29
hooker2020
Hooker
gall2020
Gall
daukaus2020
Daukaus
villante2020
Villante
Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2020: 62-30
poirier2020
Poirier
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
greene2020
Greene
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2020: 62-30
trophy copy 2018 Champion
hooker2020
Hooker
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
greene2020
Greene
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2020: 62-30
trophy copy 2017 Champion
poirier2020
Poirier
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
greene2020
Greene
Dave Doyle
@davedoylemma
2020: 61-31
poirier2020
Poirier
gall2020
Gall
allen2020
Allen
villante2020
Villante
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2020: 59-33
poirier2020
Poirier
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
greene2020
Greene
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2020: 57-35
poirier2020
Poirier
perry2020
Perry
allen2020
Allen
villante2020
Villante
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2020: 37-55
hooker2020
Hooker
gall2020
Gall
daukaus2020
Daukaus
villante2020
Villante

(Editor’s note: Additional fights on the main card were finalized too late for our staff picks feature.)

The UFC is back with another event on its home turf.

UFC on ESPN 12 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

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

In the main event, former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier (25-6 MMA, 17-5 UFC) takes on Dan Hooker (20-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC). Poirier is a 2-1 favorite in his return after losing a title unification bout to champ Khabib Nurmagomedov this past September, and he’s got a big lead from our 14 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts. They’re siding with him at a 10-4 clip.

In the co-main event, Mickey Gall (6-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) takes on 3-1 favorite Mike Perry (13-6 MMA, 6-6 UFC) at welterweight. Perry’s got a solid lead in the picks at 9-5.

Also on the main card, Brendan Allen (14-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is a big favorite against unbeaten promotional newcomer Kyle Daukaus (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and he’s the heaviest favorite among our pickers at 12-2.

And Gian Villante (17-11 MMA, 7-8 UFC) moves up to heavyweight to take on Maurice Greene (8-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC). Greene is more than a 2-1 favorite, but he only has a slight 8-6 lead in the picks with nearly half our staff members taking Villante in an upset.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Poirier (75 percent), Perry (57 percent), Allen (77 percent) and Greene (66 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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