PFL 2 Odds, Picks and Betting Preview
Rory MacDonald takes on Curtis Millender in the primary occasion of PFL 2 on Thursday, April twenty ninth, 2021. Can Millender upset MacDonald?
- Former UFC title challenger and Bellator champ, Rory MacDonald makes his PFL debut on Thursday, April twenty ninth, 2021
- A number of UFC veterans make their promotional debut on the cardboard
- See the chances, picks, and betting preview for the total 2021 PFL 2 important card, under
The Skilled Fighters League is ready for his or her second occasion of 2021 and is again to their traditional Thursday evening timeslots. The promotion sees one other massive signing in Rory MacDonald make his debut in opposition to short-notice alternative in UFC and Bellator veteran Curtis Millender. The co-main occasion sees reigning welterweight champ Ray Cooper III tackle Jason Ponet.
For people who may not know, PFL is a regular-season and playoff format like stick and ball sports activities. A choice win nets you three factors, a first-round end will get you six, a second-round end will get you 5, and a third-round end nets you 4. The winner additionally will get $1 million on the finish of the 12 months.
PFL 2 important card airs dwell on ESPN2 at 9 PM EST on Thursday, April twenty ninth, 2021, from Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey. The desk under reveals odds for the primary card at DraftKings adopted by finest bets.
PFL 2 Odds
|Fighter||Odds at DraftKings|
|Ray Cooper III||-590|
All odds as of April 27
How Does MacDonald Look In His Debut?
Rory MacDonald was a prized free-agent signing again in 2016 when he went to Bellator, in 2020, it wasn’t the identical draw when he signed with PFL, but it surely’s nonetheless a giant signing for the promotion. Nonetheless, he does have a troublesome take a look at in his debut in opposition to Curtis Millener.
MacDonald & Millender Latest Fights
|Douglas Lima, loss by choice (title battle)||Combat 1||Sabah Homasi, loss by choice|
|Neiman Gracie, win by choice (title battle)||Combat 2||Moses Murrieta, win by choice|
|Jon Fitch, draw (title battle)||Combat 3||Belal Muhammad, loss by choice|
|Gegard Mousasi, loss by TKO (middleweight title battle)||Combat 4||Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, loss by submission|
MacDonald has not seemed like himself for the reason that absolute struggle he had in opposition to Robbie Lawler again at UFC 189 for the UFC’s welterweight title. He has talked about that he doesn’t like violence anymore as he’s making an attempt to grow to be a pastor. In his final couple of fights, he has struggled to drag the set off which is why he misplaced his belt to Lima final outing.
But, there’s a clear path to victory in opposition to Curtis Millender and that’s utilizing his wrestling.
MacDonald & Millender Stats
If MacDonald fights the way in which he did in opposition to Jon Fitch and Douglas Lima he may very nicely be upset on this battle. Millender is a striker who shall be within the Canadians face proper when the bell rings. Nonetheless, the issue for the UFC veteran has been his takedown protection as that’s how he misplaced his final two UFC fights and his most up-to-date bout.
Within the battle, I do count on MacDonald to make use of his wrestling to take Millender down at will and floor and pound him as he seems for a stoppage or submission. But, Millender is sturdy sufficient to outlive, however I don’t see him having the ability to get off his again and maintain MacDonald from taking him. Finally, MacDonald ought to win the battle by choice.
Decide: Rory MacDonald (-530)
Can Ponet Pull Off the Upset?
Ray Cooper III is seeking to repeat as champ, whereas Jason Ponet is seeking to grow to be a family identify.
Cooper III & Ponet Latest Fights
|David Michaud, win by TKO||Combat 1||Ahmed Labban, win by cut up choice|
|Chris Curtis, win by KO||Combat 2||Rafael de Vilhena Costa, win by submission|
|Sadibou Sy, draw||Combat 3||B.J. Bland, win by TKO|
|John Howard, loss by KO||Combat 4||Joilton Lutterbach, loss by choice|
Ponet is a profession light-weight who’s transferring as much as welterweight for the event and has his fingers full in Ray Cooper III. The Hawaiian is a superb boxer with legit KO energy however his grappling has been a weak spot of his.
Finally, I don’t count on Ponet to have the ability to take Cooper III down, and the Hawaiian will ultimately discover the knockout punch within the second spherical. Cooper’s line within the PFL 2 odds doesn’t maintain a lot worth, however parlaying Cooper III and MacDonald to win isn’t a horrible possibility.
Decide: Ray Cooper III (-590)
Different PFL 2 Picks:
- Gleison Tibau (-305): Tibau ought to use his grappling to win the battle and parlaying him with Cooper III is a guess I wish to get significantly better odds.
- Emiliano Sordi (-400): Sordi is the reigning champ and is legit. He ought to be capable of use his grappling to win the battle.
Cole graduated from Sheridan Faculty in April of 2019 with a diploma in journalism. He now could be a full-time freelance author, specializing in MMA for websites like BJPENN and MMA Information, whereas additionally masking the Toronto Blue Jays as a credentialed media member. At SBD, Cole covers the 4 main sports activities and MMA.