Fightful Staff Predictions For NJPW The New Beginning In Osaka & UFC 221

There’s are a pair of big events this weekend in the form of NJPW The New Beginning In Osaka & UFC 221.

NJPW The New Beginning In Osaka is headlined by an IWGP Heavyweight Title Match as Kazuchika Okada defends against Sanada , while UFC 221 is headlined by a bout for the vacant UFC Interim Middleweight Title as Luke Rockhold faces Yoel Romero.

Fightful/Talking MMA Pick Em' For UFC Vegas 24

NJPW The New Beginning In Osaka

(Note: I apologize for having the NJPW The New Beginning picks up later than the event itself, but my computer crashed three times yesterday and I didn’t have enough time left to get the picks up before the show.)

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Sanada

Picking Okada: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse, Bryan Rose, James Lynch, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Picking Sanada:

Final Tally: Okada (9) - Sanada (0)

IWGP NEVER Openweight Title Match: Hirooki Goto (c) vs. Evil

Picking Goto: Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse, Bryan Rose, James Lynch, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Picking Evil: David Tees

Final Tally: Goto (8) - Evil (1)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Will Ospreay (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Picking Ospreay: Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse, Bryan Rose, James Lynch & Jeremy Lambert

Picking Takahashi: David Tees & Mike Straw

Final Tally: Ospreay (7) - Takahashi (2)

Katsuya Kitamura Best Of Seven Series Match #6: Katsuya Kitamura vs. Yuji Nagata

(Note: Bryan Rose & James Lynch didn’t make a pick for this match.)

Picking Kitamura: Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James & Mike Straw

Picking Nagata: David Tees, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse & Jeremy Lambert

Final Tally: Kitamura (3) - Nagata (4)

Special Singles Match: Yoshi-Hashi vs. Tetsuya Naito

Picking Yoshi-Hashi:

Picking Naito: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse, Bryan Rose, James Lynch, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Final Tally: Yoshi-Hashi (0) - Naito (9)

Special Singles Match: Gedo vs. Bushi

Picking Gedo: Pat Fannin

Picking Bushi: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, John Moorehouse, Bryan Rose, James Lynch, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Final Tally: Gedo (1) - Bushi (8)

Toa Henare, David Finlay & Juice Robinson vs. Chaos (Jay White, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii)

Picking Henare/Finlay/Robinson:

Picking Chaos: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse, Bryan Rose, James Lynch, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Final Tally: Henare/Finlay/Robinson (0) - Chaos (9)

Ryusuke Taguchi, Kushida, Michael Elgin & Togi Makabe vs. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Taka Michinoku & Taichi)

Picking Kushida/Elgin/Taguchi/Makabe: Sean Ross Sapp & John Moorehouse

Picking Suzuki-Gun: David Tees, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, Bryan Rose, James Lynch, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Final Tally: Kushida/Elgin/Taguchi/Makabe (2) - Suzuki-Gun (7)

Roppongi 3K (Sho & Yoh) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desparado)

Picking Roppongi 3K: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Picking Suzuki-Gun: Bryan Rose & James Lynch

Final Tally: Roppongi 3K (2) - Suzuki-Gun (7)

UFC 221

UFC Interim Middleweight Title Decision Fight: #1 Yoel Romero vs. #2 Luke Rockhold

Picking Romero: John Moorehouse &  Bryan Rose

Picking Rockhold: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, James Lynch, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Final Tally: Romero (2) - Rockhold (7)

#5 Mark Hunt vs. #9 Curtis Blaydes

Picking Hunt: Kyler James, Bryan Rose, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Picking Blaydes: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse & James Lynch

Final Tally: Hunt (4) - Blaydes (5)

Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker

Picking Tuivasa: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse & James Lynch

Picking Asker: Kyler James, Bryan Rose, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Final Tally: Tuivasa (5) - Asker (4)

Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang

Picking Matthews: Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Picking Jingliang: David Tees, John Moorehouse, Bryan Rose & James Lynch

Final Tally: Matthews (5) - Jingliang (4)

#13 Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov

Picking Pedro: David Tees, Sean Ross Sapp, Kyler James, Pat Fannin, John Moorehouse, Bryan Rose, James Lynch, Mike Straw & Jeremy Lambert

Picking Safarov:

Final Tally: Pedro (9) - Safarov (0)

Do you agree or disagree with what the Fightful staff picks for the event, then share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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