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2022 PFL Playoffs 1 predictions: Can Stevie Ray upset Anthon…


The PFL returns this week for the first of three models of playoff semifinals, starting with lightweights and light-weight heavyweights.

The 2022 PFL Playoffs 1 match takes place Friday at Hulu Theatre at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York. The key card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN+ and ahead of post-lim qualifiers on ESPN+.

(Click on proper right here to open a PDF of the workforce selections grid in a separate window.)

Within the major match, No. 1 lightweight seed Anthony Pettis (25-13) takes on Stevie Ray (24-10) in a rematch from the widespread season. Ray dissatisfied Pettis of their first meeting with a second-round submmission. The battle nearly is a pick’em. Pettis is -115 at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Ray is -110. Our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers largely are siding with Pettis to move on to the general. They’ve him with a big 8-3 selections lead.

At light heavyweight, No. 2 Omari Akhmedov (23-7-1) meets late various Josh Silveira (9-0). Silveira was once one other and no longer throughout the playoffs until Antonio Carlos Jr. pulled out. Silveira is a -220 favorite, nevertheless it’s Akhmedov with a 7-4 lead throughout the selections from our workforce people.

Within the reverse lightweight semifinal, Olivier Aubin-Mercier (15-5) is a -240 favorite in opposition to Alexander Martinez (10-2) and he has a big 9-2 selections profit.

And to open the first card, our only unanimous pick is throughout the completely different light heavyweight semifinal. Rob Wilkinson (15-2) is that this week’s largest playoff favorite at -340 in opposition to Delan Monte (9-2), and he’s got an 11-0 selections shutout.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus selections, Pettis (60 p.c), Silveira (59 p.c), Aubin-Mercier (88 p.c) and Wilkinson (74 p.c) are the choices.

Take a look at all the selections above.

For additional on the card, consult with MMA Junkie’s match hub for 2022 PFL Playoffs 1.

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