MMA Junkie readers’
(Editor’s note: Our picks published prior to the news of Larissa Pacheco being forced out after she weighed in two pounds over the limit.)
The PFL returns this week with the second of three straight weeks of semifinal fights.
2021 PFL Playoffs 2 takes place Thursday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The main card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.
In the main event, 2019 women’s lightweight season winner Kayla Harrison (10-0) takes on Genah Fabian (4-1) in the 2021 semifinals. Harrison won both her regular season fights by first-round stoppage for the maximum 12 points, but is the No. 2 seed because Larissa Pacheco had a shorter total fight time en route to her 12 points. Harrison is one of two unanimous picks from our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.
In the co-feature, top heavyweight seed Bruno Cappelozza (12-5) takes on No. 4 Jamelle Jones (12-6). After two first-round knockouts in the regular season, Cappelozza is a heavy 11-2 pick from our staff members.
The top women’s lightweight seed in the other semifinal is Larissa Pacheco (15-4), who is coming off two first-round finishes in the regular season. She’s a huge 11-2 pick against No. 4 seed Taylor Guardado (2-1).
Our other unanimous pick on the main card is in the second heavyweight semifinal fight between Denis Goltsov (27-6) and Ante Delija (18-4). Goltsov had finishes of Muhammad DeReese and Brandon Sayles in the regular season.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Harrison (78 percent), Cappelozza (66 percent), Pacheco (84 percent) and Goltsov (74 percent) are the choices.
Check out all the picks above.