It’s time for another episode of Quick Picks, this time it’s PFL 6!
UFC 227 was an absolute embarrassment for me. I lost both main event fights, and only managed to eek out 1 win in five fights. Yes, it was that bad. Nothing went the way I expected it to go and in the end, I found myself upset, embarrassed and unsure whether or not I’d do this again. Alas, there’s no quit in me, and I’m back to get it going and try and rebound with this PFL 6 card. I mean, anything’s possible.
Check out the last episode of Quick Picks here.
Last Event Record – 1-4 – UFC 227
Total Record – 27-16
João Zeferino vs. Yuri Villefort
Joao Zeferino (22-9) is 1-1 this season, and that makes this fight a must-win for him if he wants any chance of advancing. He looked sharp in his last fight, stopping Paul Taylor in the first round of their contest with strikes in just under two minutes. He also holds victories over Jason High and Brian Foster. He’s a talented fighter who will be looking to get a big win Thursday night.
Yuri Villefort (11-6) was a mainstay in the Victory Fighting promotion before making his PFL debut in a losing effort against Rick Story in June. He fought Rick to a decision but was unable to really establish his game during the fight. He likes to stand and trade and should find a willing partner Thursday night.
I think at the end of the day, Zeferino is too talented for Villefort and will win the fight, likely by Decision.
A. Nurmagomedov vs. Jonatan Westin
Jonatan Westin (10-3) lost his PFL debut to Bojan Velickovic via ground and pound in the second round. He’s going to need to rebound here, but it’s a tall order against Nurmagomedov, who will also be happy to wrestle him to the mat. What Westin brings to the table is good hands, and he has a tendency to catch wrestlers in guillotine chokes if they come at him sloppy.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov (14-2) lost his debut in PFL in what was considered an upset. He lost to Pavel Kush, who is a very talented fighter. Nurmagomedov should have an advantage in this fight. He does enough well to be a difficult fight for Westin. He’s got a great takedown and likes to use ground and pound as well as submissions on the mat. He’s just a very talented grappler.
I think this could be a fun fight while it lasts, but I do see Abubakar taking Westin down, and either earning a TKO via ground and pound or submitting Westing with a choke when he gives his back.
Kayla Harrison vs. Jozette Cotton
Kayla Harrison (1-0) is an Olympic judo gold medalist and is having her second professional fight under the PFL promotional banner. She won her debut against Brittny Elkin via armbar and will be looking to add another arm to her collection Thursday night. She’s a legitimate star in the making and has the necessary skills to reach the next level.
Jozette Cotton (8-1) seems to be a more experienced opponent than you’d expect for someone entering only their second pro fight. That said, Kayla isn’t your average fighter. She fought the majority of her fights for a promotion called Disorderly Conduct, and I’m not too familiar with them. That is to say, I’ve never heard of them. She seems to have a solid record but has not fought anyone of note.
Bottom line is, I think Kayla Harrison is a future star, and she’s going to be too much for Cotton to handle. Kayla will have the size and strength advantage and I’m expecting her to score another submission victory here.
M. Magomedkerimov vs. Bojan Velickovic
Magomed Magomedkerimov (19-5) has won four in a row coming into this fight and possesses a top-notch submission game. He bested Herman Terrado in his debut for PFL, beating him via Rear Naked Choke in the first round. He scored a lot of points and will be looking to lock up a playoff spot this week against Velickovic.
Bojan Velickovic (16-6) went 2-3 in his last five, four of those inside the UFC promotion. He won his debut in PFL against Jonatan Westin who is on this card as well. He has a well-rounded skill set and trains at Elevation Fight Club in Denver. Both of these guys are grapplers, which means the fight will likely be a striking contest.
In a striking match, this is a tough one to call. Flip a coin and see how it pans out. Bojan went the distance in back to back fights with Darren Till and Jake Matthews, so I’m going to give him the edge here. I like Bojan via TKO.
Ray Cooper III vs. Pavel Kusch
Ray Cooper III (14-5) earned redemption for his father when he defeated Jake Shields in his first PFL fight. It was an emotional fight, and Cooper did very well, finishing Shields in the second round with strikes. It was a big moment for him and his entire family. If you can beat Shields, you can beat anyone in PFL, but this will not be easy.
Pavel Kusch (23-5) might just be the best Welterweight in PFL. He’s won ten of his last eleven fights. In his PFL debut, he defeated Abubakar Nurmagomedov in the first round via submission. Pavel is top-notch. I enjoy watching him fight, and I feel he’s the favorite to walk away with the million dollars in the 170-pound division.
Pavel will outmuscle Cooper and grapple him at will. I think Cooper is a tough kid, but I feel Pavel is the class of the division. Add another submission victory to Pavel Kusch’s record here.