Early Picks for the PFL $1-Mil Purses & Titles

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  1. ChinaMMABlog

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    So the Professional Fighters League (PFL) released their roster and schedule today.

    They have 72 total fighters competing in six divisions (145, 155, 170, 185, 205, 265), with the season winners raking in $1-million and runners up $200K.



    While it's still too early to make real picks (all the seeds and matchups have yet to be announced), it's still fun to speculate, so here are my picks:

    Featherweight
    Alexandre Almeida
    Max Coga
    Lee Coville
    Marcos Galvao
    Andre Harrison
    Magomed Idrisov
    Bekbulat Magomedov
    Nazareno Malegarie
    Lance Palmer - supposedly Palmer is fighting Magomedov (former WSOF bantamweight champ) in the first round, which totally seems like a terrible way to kill off one of the crossover fighters from the old promotion, but Palmer's wrestling is just too damn dominant for any of these other guys to handle, not to mention that several of these fighters are really bantamweights.
    Steven Siler
    Jumabieke Tuerxun
    Timur Valiev

    Lightweight
    Will Brooks - After a nightmare of a run in the UFC, Brooks will turn it around against lesser competition. This division is one of the tougher ones, with High and Wade also legit contenders, but Brooks will bring the title home with his wrestling and pressure.
    Luiz Firmino
    Brian Foster
    Jason High
    Yuki Kawana
    Islam Mamedov
    Rashid Magomedov
    Ramsey Nijem
    Natan Schulte
    Thiago Tavares
    Chris Wade
    Robert Watley

    Welterweight
    Paul Bradley
    Ray Cooper III
    Pavel Kusch
    Abubakar Nurmagomedov
    Jake Shields
    Rick Story
    Herman Terrado
    Bojan Velickovic - if we're talking about what's best for ratings, then a Shields vs. Nurmagomedov final would be ideal for PFL (recall there was a "brawl" between the Diaz bros and Khabib's crew back in the day and this could revive the Skrap Pack vs. Eagles MMA rivalry), but have a feeling that many of the top seeds will cancel each other out, opening the door for Velickovic, who's technically sound everywhere (remember, he went the distance w/ Darren Till last year)
    Yuri Villefort
    Jonatan Westin
    David Zawada
    Joao Zeferino

    Middleweight
    Shamil Gamzatov
    Anderson Goncalves
    Eddie Gordon - Wishful thinking here, but Gordon has size, experience, and cardio. Thinking he decisions his way to a title.
    Rex Harris
    John Howard
    Andre Lobato
    Abus Magomedov
    Bruno Santos
    Sadibou Sy
    Louis Taylor
    Gasan Umalatov
    Danilo Villefort

    Light Heavyweight
    Jamie Abdallah
    Bazigit Ataev
    Jason Butcher
    Rakim Cleveland
    Maxim Grishin
    Brandon Halsey - Because wrestling (and no more cutting down to 185) ...
    Vinny Magalhaes
    Ronny Markes
    Sean O'Connell
    Smealinho Rama
    Dan Spohn
    Rashid Yusupov

    Heavyweight
    Caio Alencar
    Francimar Barroso
    Josh Copeland
    Daniel Gallemore
    Denis Goltsov
    Jake Heun
    Valdrin Istrefi
    Shawn Jordan
    Mike Kyle
    Jack May
    Jared Rosholt - Something about Murphy's Law ... Rosholt is probably the least ideal champion on the entire roster because he's so one-dimensional and boring AF. Could they really not re-sign Blagoi Ivanov who's known the be a crafty finisher? Some fun fighters in this division, but Rosholt will slow them all down, put them on their backs, and wrestle hump them for 15 minutes (10 min in the playoffs, 25 min in the finals)
    Nick Rossborough
     
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  2. TheBrownRanger

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    Good thread.

    Featherweight: I got Andre Harrison. He beat Lance Palmer has looked the most impressive out of all the Featherweights. I do think Bekbulat Magomedov and Timur Valiev (former WSOF BW fighters) won't be that easy to put out.

    Lightweight
    : Rashid Magomedov will be my pick. Brooks will definitely dominate in some way or another. Magomedov probably stops him, however. I'd give Luiz Firmino a chance before Will Brooks.

    Welterweight
    : I've always wanted to see Abubakar Nurmagomedov fight Shields/Fitch in the old WSOF, but the whole Eagles MMA/Skrap Pack thing never occurred to me. I forgot about that brawl between them in like 2015. Good catch. I think those two are far beyond the other competitors in division. I'd pick Nurmagomedov by being a decade younger than Shields.

    Middleweight: Picking a MW winner was kind of a struggle for me. Pretty weak weight class this one is. If Shamil Gamzatov is negatively affected by the weight cut, then I will pick Louis Taylor.

    Light-Heavyweight: Agree with the Halz. I guess his biggest challenges there will be Honny Markes and Smealinho Rama.

    Heavyweight: Caio Alencar fucked The Big Show up during one of the final WSOF events. I'll go with Alencar for that one. Shawn Jordan will be a close second.
     
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    I got Luiz Firmino at LW
     
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    Rashid will smash Brooks
     
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    Rashid would be my pick, but he's undersized for LW. Brooks can grind him out.

    At FW he'd steamroll the entire tournament.
     
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    I’m picking Goltsov in the HW division
     

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