PFL 2022, Week 1 predictions: Who’s picking Jeremy Stephens in his PFL debut vs. Clay Collard?

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PFL 2022, Week 1 predictions: Who’s picking Jeremy Stephens in his PFL debut vs. Clay Collard?
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Collard
vs.
Stephens

Madge
vs.
Manfio

Junior
vs.
Monte

Aubin-Mercier
vs.
Schulte

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
57-27

collard2022


Collard
(50.1%)

madge2022new


Madge
(54%)

junior2022


Junior
(83%)

schulte2022


Schulte
(52%)

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
57-28

stephens2022


Stephens

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

Nolan King
@mma_kings
56-29

stephens2022


Stephens

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
56-29

collard2022


Collard

madge2022new


Madge

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
56-29

stephens2022


Stephens

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
55-30

trophy copy

2014 Champion

collard2022


Collard

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
54-31

trophy copy

2018 Champion

collard2022


Collard

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
53-32

stephens2022


Stephens

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

aubinmercier2022


Aubin-Mercier

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
51-34

collard2022


Collard

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

aubinmercier2022


Aubin-Mercier

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
50-35

trophy copy

2017 Champion

collard2022


Collard

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
49-36

stephens2022


Stephens

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
38-47

collard2022


Collard

manfio2022new


Manfio

junior2022


Junior

schulte2022


Schulte

The PFL is back for the start of another season, and lightweights and light heavyweights open the 2022 campaign.

PFL 2022, Week 1 takes place Wednesday at Esports Arena in Arlington, Texas. The main card airs on ESPN/ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN+.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, longtime UFC fighter Jeremy Stephens (28-19) makes the move to the PFL for a shot at the lightweight title. He takes on Clay Collard (20-9) in the season opener. It’s the most contentious fight in the picks from our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers, who have Collard with just a 6-5 lead.

In the co-feature, 2021 lightweight winner Raush Manfio (15-3) meets Don Madge (10-3-1) in the first fight in his quest to win another season. Manfio is a near-unanimous pick at 10-1.

Also on the main card, Antonio Carlos Junior (13-5) opens the light heavyweight season against Delan Monte (8-1). Junior is the only unanimous pick from our staff members at 11-0.

And to open the main card, Olivier Aubin-Mercier (13-5) takes on two-time lightweight winner Natan Schulte (21-4-1). Schulte has a big 9-2 lead in the picks.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Collard (50.1 percent), Madge (54 percent), Junior (83 percent) and Schulte (52 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.