The ultimate occasion of the primary spherical of the PFL playoffs will happen this Saturday, because the featherweight and girls’s light-weight divisions have their semifinal matchups at Copper Field Area in London (ESPN and ESPN+ at 2 p.m. ET, prelims on ESPN+ at 1 p.m.).
The principle occasion will likely be a struggle between two-time PFL girls’s light-weight champ Kayla Harrison and Martina Jindrova. Harrison, who’s undefeated as a professional, enters the struggle because the No. 2 seed, whereas Jindrova is the No. 3 seed.
Additionally on the cardboard, Chris Wade, the highest seed within the featherweight division, takes on Brendan Loughnane. Wade was the runner-up in final season’s PFL finals and made the light-weight semifinals within the two seasons earlier than that.
With spots within the $1 million finals on the road, here is how I see Saturday’s fights enjoying out.
Girls’s light-weight: Kayla Harrison vs. Martina Jindrova
Jindrova earned her manner onto the PFL roster with a powerful win on the Challenger Collection, and she or he adopted that with a end in her final struggle. However she will likely be going through by far her hardest opponent thus far in Harrison. If Jindrova can hold the struggle standing one way or the other, she will be able to stay aggressive, as she is the higher striker. Nonetheless, in opposition to Harrison, everybody ultimately will get taken down. The percentages on Harrison, per regular, are by means of the roof — as lopsided as 50-1 at some sportsbooks — so look to wager on her by both KO or submission so as to get a greater line. Prediction: Harrison to win by submission.
Featherweight: Chris Wade vs. Brendan Loughnane
Coming off a first-round TKO over Kyle Bochniak, Wade is the highest seed however should struggle in Loughnane’s residence nation. Wade has seemed nearly flawless this season, whereas Loughnane hasn’t seemed as spectacular in his final two outings. Each males are credible strikers with good cardio and expertise. Nonetheless, Wade’s wrestling capacity might give him a bonus. We noticed him use his wrestling to safe a win final season in his struggle with Bubba Jenkins. I believe Wade continues his dominance right here, utilizing his wrestling to get the win over the artful Loughnane. Prediction: Wade to win.
For Kolesnyk, stepping into the PFL playoffs was a win in itself. Now that she’s in, she is going to attempt to avenge final season’s loss to Pacheco. Kolesnyk has to make use of head motion and hold Pacheco at a distance if she plans on pulling off the upset. Pacheco has been on an absolute tear, ending every opponent she has confronted this season. She seems to be in prime type to proceed that streak in opposition to Kolesnyk. Pacheco has huge energy in her arms and has a wonderful floor recreation, if she feels the necessity to take it there. Do not blink, this struggle would possibly finish rapidly like final time. Prediction: Pacheco to win inside the gap.
Featherweight: Ryoji Kudo vs. Bubba Jenkins
Kudo has been a pleasant shock addition to the PFL this season. In his first struggle, he was having a ton of success in opposition to Loughnane till an unintentional headbutt brought on an early stoppage. In his second struggle, he earned a first-round KO to punch his ticket into the playoffs. For Kudo, he has to maintain the struggle standing and land pictures early on if he plans on pulling off the upset. Nonetheless, that’s simpler stated than carried out in opposition to somebody with the wrestling background of Jenkins. Jenkins has improved tremendously on the ft, however there may be merely no purpose for him to provide Kudo that chance. I believe Jenkins will play this one protected and wrestle his technique to victory. Prediction: Jenkins to win by choice.