After some doubts about the future of the organization after COVID, the PFL is back and now has the support of ESPN. That is great news for fight fans who might not yet have tuned into the PFL. For those of you who haven’t, let’s talk about the format that the PFL employs. While not sanctioned by the UFC, Dana White does have a role in the league, with a few fighters sure to end up making the move to the UFC once this season is over. The divisions are broken up by weight class, with the top fighters moving on to the playoffs for a shot at winning the championship. Overall, there will be 10 weeks of action. This is Week 2, which will see the Featherweights and Heavyweights step into the octagon. There are 4 fights on the main card, with the action starting at 5:30 PM EST on ESPN 2. Let’s take a closer look at all 4 fights along with their PFL Betting Odds.
MMA Betting Preview for Professional Fighter’s League: Featherweights & Heavyweights
Renan Ferreira (-620) Vs Jamelle Jones (+460)
We get the main card started with a Heavyweight bout, which could well be over rather quickly. Ferreira comes into this one with an 8-2 record and wins in each of his last 2 fights under the PFL banner. He has a habit of getting the job done early, with a lot of 1st and 2nd round wins in his past. Jones comes into this one on the heels of a loss, going 1-1 in his last PFL appearances. I like Ferreira to get the win here, with a KO the most likely outcome.
Ante Delija (-585) Vs Matheus Scheffel (+435)
It’s the Heavyweights again for the second fight of the night, which is another one that looks unlikely to go the distance. Delija made it all the way to the Championship in the 2021 version of the PFL before coming up short in the end. This will be the first appearance in the PFL for Scheffel, who comes into this bout with a 15-7 record. This may prove to be too much of a step up in class for Scheffel, and I like Delija to get the KO win.
Brendan Loughane (-855) Vs Ryoji Kudo (+605)
The co-main event of the night sees us switch to the Featherweights for what looks to be a rather lopsided matchup. Loughane made it to the semi-finals in the PFL last season before losing a split decision. That loss dropped him to 21-4 overall. This will be the first appearance for Ryoji in the PFL, and he is also coming off a loss his last time out to fall to 10-2-1 overall. I like Loughane to get the win here, but he might need to go the distance.
Bruno Cappelozza (-660) Vs Stuart Austin (+480)
We close out the night with the main event, which is another potentially bruising Heavyweight bout. Cappelozza comes into this one with a 14-5 record and a run that has seen him win 4 in a row. He is also in as the defending tournament champion. This looks like a tough start for Austin, who lost his only appearance in the PFL. You gotta like the champ here and I am on Cappezzola to win in rather emphatic style.