Dana White’s Contender Series 46 Staff Pick

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Dana White’s promotion has reached its final event of the 2021 season, and the staff at MMASucka have locked down their picks for the upcoming card.

Later tonight, November 1, Dana White’s Contender 46 Series takes place from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event marks the end of his ten week period of mixed martial arts combat with athletes from around the world competing for a chance to land a UFC contract. All five fights will air for subscribers on ESPN + starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT).

Be sure to recap our picks from Saturday’s UFC 267 event in Abu Dhabi. Plus, stay tuned to MMASucka for our UFC 268 picks this coming weekend.

The fights

Lightweight (155 lbs) Achilles Extremadura and Maheshate Maheshate will take center stage in the final Contender Series event of the year. Extremadura rose to prominence by participating in the Battlefield Fight League, winning the division title in mid-2018 and scoring four defenses since. The Vancouver native will aim to remain undefeated in just his eight professional fights. Extremaduran opponent Maheshate is set to play his very first fight outside of his native China. An impressive win would not only grant a UFC contract, but could place the 21-year-old as the second youngest fighter on the list alongside his teammate and training partner. Zhu Rong.

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The best undefeated prospects will face off in the main co-event between the Quebecers Yohan Lainesse and England Justin burlinson at welterweight (170 lbs). Lainesse is looking to support her recent impressive appearance on Evan cutts winning the Cage Fury Championship with a second round knockout. Burlinson hopes to keep his 100% finish rate intact, finally handing over David bear his second career loss in Cage Warriors.

Find all of our choices of Dana White’s Contender Series 46 below.

Choice of personnel

Throughout the calendar year, staff picks will consist of main card fights from UFC and Bellator events. Selected Main Card Fights and Preliminary Fights will be selected for PFL MMA. Dana White’s Contender series will consist of the full fight card.

The 2021 Staff Picks WINNER will have the choice of receiving a bespoke Championship Belt from ProAm Belts or a string of Championship channels. For the third consecutive year, Michael DeSantis took victory in 2020 compiling a record 201-88.

Find out below who the staff at MMASucka picks to win Dana White’s Contender 46 Series.


Staff records after the 2021 PFL Championships:

1. Nate Freeman: 214-116
2. Wesley Riddle: 210-120
3. Michael DeSantis: 206-120
4. Frazer Krohn: 199-130
5. Mike Lynch: 180-140
6. Mark Jeremy: 176-144
7. Ash Camyab: 175-121
8. André Benjamin: 127-129
9. Tim Wheaton: 117-89
10. Chris Presnell: 91-39
11. Jake Broderick: 10-2

* Note: not all employees choose for every event *


Zhifa Shang (32-7) vs. Juan Puerta (22-6)

Jeremy Brand: Puerta via TKO Round 3
Wesley Riddle: Puerta via Round 1 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Puerta via unanimous decision
Ash Camyab: Puerta via TKO Round 2
Frazer Krohn: Shang via unanimous decision
Mike Lynch: Shang via TKO Round 2
Nate Freeman: Puerta via unanimous decision
Chris Presnell: Puerta via Round 1 SUB

Shang picking staff: 2
Puerta picking staff: 6


Jonas Bilharinho (8-1-1) vs. Canaan Kawaihae (6-1, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Kawaihae via unanimous decision
Wesley Riddle: Kawaihae via unanimous decision
Michael DeSantis: Bilharinho via TKO Round 2
Ash Camyab: Kawaihae via TKO Round 3
Frazer Krohn: Kawaihae via unanimous decision
Mike Lynch: Bilharinho via unanimous decision
Nate Freeman: Kawaihae via TKO Round 1
Chris Presnell: Bilharinho via unanimous decision

Staff choosing Bilharinho: 3
Staff picking Kawaihae: 5


Lun Qiu (14-7) vs. Erisson Ferreira (10-1)

Jeremy Brand: Qiu via TKO Round 2
Wesley Riddle: Ferreira via TKO Round 1
Michael DeSantis: Ferreira via TKO Round 1
Ash Camyab: Qiu via unanimous decision
Frazer Krohn: Qiu via TKO Round 2
Mike Lynch: Ferreira via unanimous decision
Nate Freeman: Ferreira via TKO Round 2
Chris Presnell: Qiu via unanimous decision

Qiu picking staff: 4
Ferreira picking staff: 4


Yohan Lainesse (7-0) vs. Justin Burlinson (6-0)

Jeremy Brand: Lainesse via unanimous decision
Wesley Riddle: Burlinson via TKO Round 2
Michael DeSantis: Burlinson via unanimous decision
Ash Camyab: Lainesse via unanimous decision
Frazer Krohn: Burlinson via TKO Round 2
Mike Lynch: Burlinson via TKO Round 1
Nate Freeman: Burlinson via split decision
Chris Presnell: Burlinson via TKO Round 2

Lainesse picking staff: 2
Staff choosing Burlinson: 6


Achille Extremadura (7-0) against Maheshate Maheshate (5-1)

Jeremy Brand: Extremadura via TKO Round 1
Wesley Riddle: Extremadura via TKO Round 2
Michael DeSantis: Extremadura via unanimous decision
Ash Camyab: Extremadura via TKO Round 1
Frazer Krohn: Maheshate via unanimous decision
Mike Lynch: Extremadura via TKO Round 3
Nate Freeman: Extremadura via TKO Round 2
Chris Presnell: Extremadura via TKO Round 2

Extremadura picking staff: 7
Staff choosing Maheshate: 1

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