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PFL 9 Picks & Betting Tips – Khaybulaev To Deny Loughnane Final Berth

  • PFL 9 takes place on Friday, August 27
  • Event is being held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida
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  • Brendan Loughnane vs Movlid Khaybulaev
  • Antonio Carlos Jr vs Emiliano Sordi
  • Cezar Ferreira vs Marthin Hamlet
The 2021 Professional Fighters League featherweight and light-heavyweight playoffs get underway on Friday night.

The card is headlined by the featherweight clash between between Brendan Loughnane and Movlid Khaybulaev.

Our tips for the night’s action are provided by expert MMA analysts and tipsters.

Brendan Loughnane vs Movlid Khaybulaev


Brendan Loughnane is unbeaten in the last four years and has put together a 4-0 run in the PFL.

He goes into this semi-final boasting the superior stand-up, but he could be in trouble if the fight hits the mat.

Movlid Khaybulaev relentlessly goes for takedowns and once the fight hits the mat he is aggressive.

If Khaybulaev can get Loughnane to the canvas here he could beat up the Englishman and end his unbeaten streak to advance.

Antonio Carlos Jr vs Emiliano Sordi


2019 winner Emiliano Sordi is just one win away from a return to the light-heavyweight final.

Sordi’s run so far has not been perfect – he followed up a decision win over Chris Camozzi with a draw against Dan Spohn.

He does have a sizeable edge over his latest opponent, Antonio Carlos Jr, in the stand-up game here though.

If he can keep the fight standing and work the jab, Sordi should be able to outwork and outpoint Carlos Jr.

Cezar Ferreira vs Marthin Hamlet


Both fighters recorded stoppage wins during the regular season but also suffered a defeat.

Cezar Ferreira knocked out Nick Roehrick in 37 seconds before losing a decision to Chris Camozzi, while Marthin Hamlet submitted Dan Spohn but was then tapped out to Cory Hendricks.

The biggest concern was how Hamlet rapidly ran out of steam in his loss to Hendricks.

An experienced campaigner like Ferreira should be able to take advantage of that lack of cardio to earn the win over three rounds.

Verdict

Loughnane has been on a tear, but if he finds himself on his back against Khaybulaev we could see his streak end.

We could also see Sordi and Ferreira upset the oddsmakers by setting up a light-heavyweight final showdown.

Best Bet: Movlid Khaybulaev Winner @-136.99 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Value Bet: Emiliano Sordi Winner @125 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Value Bet: Winner Treble Khaybulaev, Sordi, Ferreira All To Win @774 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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