By Matt Erickson |
April 22, 2021 4: 00 pm
The PFL returns Friday after lacking 2020, and lightweights and featherweights kick off the 2021 season.
PFL 2021, Week 1 takes station at Ocean On line casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.
In the main tournament, extinct UFC and WEC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis (24-10) makes his PFL debut in a gentle-weight common season bout in opposition to Clay Collard (18-8). Whittaker is a heavy favourite at -600 at BetMGM, and he’s one of three unanimous picks from our 12 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts.
In the co-characteristic, two-time PFL light-weight season winner Natan Schulte (20-3-1) returns to preserve finish on Marcin Held (26-7). Schulte is a 4-1 favourite, and only one of our pickers is taking submission specialist Held to drag off the upset.
Additionally on the main card, Movlid Khaybulaev (15-0-1) will try to discontinue unbeaten in a featherweight season bout in opposition to Lazar Stojadinovic (14-7). Khaybulaev is a -650 favourite and another of our unanimous picks.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Pettis (78 percent), Schulte (66 percent), Khaybulaev (80 percent) and Palmer (82 percent) are the selections.
Test out all the picks above.