PFL playoffs — Breaking down the featherweight, girls’s light-weight matchups

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 might be a battle between two-time PFL girls’s light-weight champ Kayla Harrison and Martina Jindrova. Harrison, who’s undefeated as a professional, enters the battle 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, this is how I see Saturday’s fights taking part in 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 battle. However she might be dealing with by far her hardest opponent up to now in Harrison. If Jindrova can hold the battle standing in some way, 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 chances on Harrison, per ordinary, are by the roof — as lopsided as 50-1 at some sportsbooks — so look to guess 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 battle in Loughnane’s house nation. Wade has appeared nearly flawless this season, whereas Loughnane hasn’t appeared as spectacular in his final two outings. Each males are credible strikers with good cardio and expertise. Nonetheless, Wade’s wrestling skill may give him a bonus. We noticed him use his wrestling to safe a win final season in his battle with Bubba Jenkins. I feel Wade continues his dominance right here, utilizing his wrestling to get the win over the artful Loughnane. Prediction: Wade to win.

For Kolesnyk, entering into the PFL playoffs was a win in itself. Now that she’s in, she’s 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 superb floor recreation, if she feels the necessity to take it there. Do not blink, this battle would possibly finish shortly 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 battle, he was having a ton of success in opposition to Loughnane till an unintentional headbutt induced an early stoppage. In his second battle, he earned a first-round KO to punch his ticket into the playoffs. For Kudo, he has to maintain the battle standing and land pictures early on if he plans on pulling off the upset. Nonetheless, that’s simpler stated than finished in opposition to somebody with the wrestling background of Jenkins. Jenkins has improved tremendously on the toes, however there’s merely no motive for him to provide Kudo that chance. I feel Jenkins will play this one secure and wrestle his strategy to victory. Prediction: Jenkins to win by determination.