Opening Odds for PFL 2021: Week 2


PFL 2021: Week 2 takes place on Thursday, April 29 at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the event, and MMAOB staff writer Adam Martin takes a look at the opening odds below.

PFL 2021: Week 2 Opening Odds

Rory MacDonald -400
Curtis Millender +300

Ray Cooper III -600
Jason Ponet +400

Gleison Tibau -400
Joao Zeferino +300

Emiliano Sordi -260
Chris Camozzi +200

Nikolay Aleksakhin -400
Sadibou Sy +300

Vinny Magalhaes -185
Jordan Young +155

Cezar Ferreira -240
Nick Roehrick +190

Antonio Carlos Junior -400
Tom Lawlor +300

Marthin Hamlet -125
Dan Spohn -105

Here are my quick thoughts on the PFL 2021: Week 2 Opening Odds:

  • First, just wanted to mention that the first PFL card of this season was crazy as several big favorites went down including champions Natan Schulte and Lance Palmer. That just shows you can’t blindly lay juice on these big favorites in PFL thinking they have an easy path to the playoffs. The PFL does a good job setting up competitive fights, so keep that in mind.
  • On this card, the main event is a welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald (21-6-1) and Curtis Millender (18-6). MacDonald is making his PFL debut after sitting out all of 2020 and he is now training with former rival Robbie Lawler and co. at Sanford MMA. MacDonald was last seen losing a decision to Douglas Lima in Bellator and his last win came against Neiman Gracie in June 2019, so it’s been a while for him tasting the win column. Millender is also coming over from Bellator and he has struggled with a 1-3 record over his last four fights. MacDonald is the better fighter and if he wants to have an easy fight all he has to do is take Millender to the ground as Millender doesn’t have good takedown defense. It’s no surprise that MacDonald opened up as a huge favorite here given that he is a big name in the sport, too.
  • At welterweight, we have champion Ray Cooper III (20-7-1) taking on Jason Ponet (20-12-1). Cooper has looked amazing ever since joining PFL and he has beaten a ton of the top welterweights in the promotion including Jake Shields twice. Ponet is a total wildcard to this tournament as he’s coming into the fight off of three straight wins, but against lower-level competition. He has been fighting as a pro since 2008 and has fought all over the world. It’s nice to see him get this opportunity, but Cooper should be able to roll once again here.
  • Overall, it’s another fun card, so pick your spots and hopefully you can earn some winnings.

Written by Adam Martin.


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