PFL 2019: Week 6 Opening Odds Reactions

PFL 2019: Week 6 takes place Thursday, August 8 at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the full card, and here they are.

PFL 2019: Week 6 Opening Odds

Satoshi Ishii -160
Jared Rosholt +140

Vinny Magalhaes -330
Rakim Cleveland +270

Rashid Yusupov -225
Viktor Nemkov +190

Ali Isaev -550
Carl Seumanutafa +420

Mikhail Mokhnatkin -190
Maxim Grishin +165

Muhammed Dereese -240
Valdrin Istrefi +205

Umar Nurmagomedov -1800
Sidemar Honorio +900

Denis Goltsov -190
Kelvin Tiller +165

Alex Nicholson -145
Zeke Tuinei-Wily +115

Jordan Johnson -750
Sigi Pesaleli +550

Francimar Barroso -550
Ben Edwards +420

And here are my initial thoughts on the PFL 2019: Week 6 Opening Odds:

  • This card features heavyweight and light heavyweight regular season bouts. That means we should see quite a few finishes on this card. Also note that Ronny Markes missed weight and his fight with Dan Spohn was cancelled.
  • The main event is a heavyweight bout between two well-known vets as Ishii (22-8-1) takes on Rosholt (17-7). The 32-year-old Ishii is riding a seven-fight win streak and most recently beat Zeke Tuinei-Wily by split decision in his PFL debut. The 33-year-old Rosholt is just 3-4 overall in PFL/WSOF and is coming off of back-to-back knockout losses. Interesting match here pitting a judoka in Ishii against a wrestler in Rosholt, so this fight with either be a grinding 15-minute affair or an ugly standup fight. I lean towards Ishii just based on momentum, but he didn’t look great against Tuinei-Wily.
  • The co-main event sees Magalhaes (18-11) take on Cleveland (19-2-1) in a light heavyweight bout. The 35-year-old Magalhaes is 6-3 overall in PFL/WSOF but is coming off of two straight knockout losses to Sean O’Connell and Emiliano Sordi. The 30-year-old Cleveland is just 1-3 overall in PFL and has lost his last three fights. These two met last year with Magalhaes winning by first-round submission. It’s likely that’s the same result this second time around, although all the damage Magalhaes has taken lately could make him vulnerable here.
  • A non-tournament fight that is drawing a lot of interest sees Khabib’s cousin Umar Nurmagomedov (10-0) take on Honorio (13-6) in a bantamweight contest. Nurmagomedov is undefeated since his pro debut in 2016 and will be making his PFL debut in this fight with lots of hype behind him. The 39-year-old Honorio is a veteran of the sport who has competed since 2006. He has fought the likes of Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera in the past, and is coming off of two straight wins in King of the Cage and Bellator. Unfortunately for Honorio, he’s taken on an elite prospect in Nurmagomedov, and this is likely going to end badly for him. Look for Nurmagomedov to finish this fight. The odds are high for a reason.
  • Overall this looks like a pretty standard PFL card, where you have plenty of fights deemed to be mismatches by the matchmakers, but at the same time lots of upset potential. We always see a couple of big upsets on these PFL cards so keep that in mind. Instead of blindly parlaying the big favorites at PFL, take a look at some of the underdog spots, particularly on the preliminary card.

Written by Adam Martin.


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