Books Provide Wide Odds For PFL’s First PPV
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) is not playing around. This Friday, the promotion will feature all of its tournament finals – six championship bouts in one pay-per-view card. Along with a feature bout featuring a former MMA champion, PFL 10 has a seven-fight main card. The PFL Playoffs 2022 betting odds are quite wide and make for a potent parlay led by the main event favorite herself: The undefeated Kayla Harrison.
Date, time (TV):
Location: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Streaming: Pay Per View, ESPN+ (Prelims)
Harrison Headlines Rematch as Another Large Favorite
When it comes to the best fighters outside of the UFC, Kayla Harrison tops the charts. The two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo is unbeaten in MMA (15-0-0) and has all but dominated her opponents. She headlines PFL 10 with a trilogy bout with Larissa Pacheco, who she already defeated twice.
Harrison enters the bout as a 6-1 favorite on the PFL Playoffs 2022 betting odds.By Harrison’s standards, this is a Black Friday sale on her line. The judoka is typically upwards of a 20-1 favorite on the MMA odds. But Pacheco has been a wrecking ball in her own right. She’s won five straight fights all by knockout. In fact, her only losses in PFL have come to Harrison.
But as far as Harrison’s advantage goes, no one has been able to stop her from taking her opponents down and mauling them. She’s also one of the largest fighters to compete. Though she stands at “just” 5’8″, Harrison has plenty of mass that she can use to smother her opponents. Pacheco will have a three-inch reach advantage though, so Harrison needs to exercise caution in closing the distance.
This is MMA so one clean strike from Pacheco could hurt and even finish Harrison. That is unlikely given Harrison’s durability. But with Pacheco’s line at +425, underdog bettors may just take that shot.
Which of the Five Other Title Fights Brings The Most Intrigue?
The other Professional Fighters League fixtures feature the rest of the championship fights. Brendan Loughnane (-175) fights Buba Jenkins (+145) for the featherweight title. The former is 7-1-0 under PFL with his only blemish being a split decision loss. Jenkins also has lost just once (5-1-0) under PFL but to an opponent, Chris Wade, who Loughnane defeated just recently.
Ante Delija (-240) is moderately favored to beat Matheus Scheffel (+190) and capture the heavyweight title. This is a rematch where Delija already KO’d Scheffel earlier this year. The Croat’s only losses in PFL have come against Bruno Cappelozza, who Scheffel famously beat as a 4-1 underdog.
The Canadian, “OAM”, is unbeaten in PFL (5-0-0) and is the second-largest favorite in these title bouts.
Former UFC fighters Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-350) and Stevie Ray (+250) contend for the 155-pound belt. The Canadian, “OAM”, is unbeaten in PFL (5-0-0) and is the second-largest favorite in these title bouts. Ray, on the other hand, has a pair of wins over former UFC champion Anthony Pettis.
More ex-UFC fighters are on deck as Omari Akhmedov (+160) takes on Rob Wilkinson (-200) for the light heavyweight title. The Russian has won both his fights as an underdog in PFL while Wilkinson is unbeaten (3-0-0) with the promotion.
And last but not least is the most evenly-matched of the title bouts: Dilano Tayler (+130) versus Sadiboy Sy (-160) for the welterweight championship. Tayler shocked the world by knocking out former Bellator champion Rory Macdonald. He’s another underdog per the PFL Playoffs 2022 betting odds as the “Swedish Denzel Washington” has also beaten Macdonald.
Ex-Champions Featured in Non-Title Bouts
Not to be outshined by the title fights, recent UFC contender Aspen Ladd makes her PFL debut against the former Bellator champion Julia Budd. The odds favor Ladd (-230) though she is just 1-2 in her last three fights as one. Budd is 1-1 under PFL and will be an underdog for only the second time in her last 12 fights.
Headlining the prelims is also a former UFC contender: Marlon Moraes. In fact, Moraes was also a former PFL champion when the promotion was still called the “World Series of Fighting”. He’ll take on another Moraes (no relation), Sheymon, who also fought for the UFC, in a featherweight bout. This is a rematch from their 2015 bout, which Moraes won via submission.Follow us on Twitter