- What: PFL 2023 World Championship
- Date: Friday, November 24, 2023
- Location: The Anthem in Washington, D.C.
- Time: Prelims (5:00 p.m. ET) Main Card (8:00 p.m. ET)
- How to Watch: Prelims (ESPN+), Main Card (ESPN+ Pay Per View )
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) wraps up its 2023 season on Friday, November 24, at The Anthem in Washington, DC. Six PFL titles will be on the line, with the winner of those bouts taking home the PFL belt and $1 million. The following titles are up for grabs during the event: Heavyweight, light heavyweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, and women’s featherweight. The main card of the PFL 2023 World Championship streams on ESPN+ PPV.
PFL 2023 World Championship: Lightweight title fight – Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Clay Collard betting picks
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The headlining bout of the PFL 2023 World Championship features an intriguing matchup between 2022 PFL lightweight world champ Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Clay Collard. Both men went 3-0 during the 2023 tournament rounds. During those three fights, Aubin-Mercier scored two knockouts and a decision win, while Collard picked up two decisions and a KO.
There’s no doubt that Aubin-Mercier is the more well-rounded fighter in this matchup, but Collard’s high-output striking style could give him an advantage with the judges. Overall, this fight will come down to how strong Aubin-Mercier’s defensive striking is over the course of the battle. The betting pick is Oliver Aubin-Mercier to win via decision.
PFL 2023 World Championship: Heavyweight title fight -Renan Ferreira vs. Denis Goltsov betting picks
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The PFL heavyweight division will get a new champion this season. The title, which Ante Delija won in 2022, will go to either Renan Ferreira or Denis Goltsov. Ferreira enters the fight with two knockout wins in his two previous matchups. Meanwhile, Goltsov has three consecutive first-round finishes on his record.
Ferreira has a significant reach advantage over Goltsov heading into this matchup. If he can keep his foe at the end of his long limbs, he can pick up the win and possibly the finish. However, Goltsov is no one-trick pony. He is a talented fighter with more ways to get things done than Ferreira. The betting pick is for Denis Goltsov to win via knockout.
PFL 2023 World Championship: Women’s Featherweight title fight – Larissa Pacheco vs. Marina Mokhnatkina betting picks
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The winner of the 2022 Women’s lightweight championship, Larissa Pacheco, is back in 2023 and looking for a title in the women’s strawweight division. Pacheco is riding a nine-fight winning streak heading into this matchup. During that run, Pacheco unseated Kayla Harrison atop the lightweight division. Pacheco, one of the most potent strikers in women’s MMA, has seven first-round knockout wins during her winning streak. Marina Mokhnatkina, a world champion in sambo, has won five straight heading into the 2023 championship bouts with two decisions, two submissions, and a KO. She has her work cut for her against the well-rounded and talented Pacheco. The betting pick in the PFL women’s featherweight championship fight is Larissa Pacheco to win via knockout.
PFL 2023 World Championship: Welterweight title fight Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Sadibou Sy – betting picks
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The 2023 PFL welterweight world championship features two former champs looking for second PFL titles. In the 170-pound contest, last year’s champion, Sadibou Sy, meets the 2018 title winner, Magomed Magomedkerimov. Sy has won his past seven fights with the PFL. During this year’s tournament, he went 3-0 with two KOs and a split decision. As for Magomedkerimov, his only loss since mid-2015 was a knockout setback to Ray Cooper III in the final round of the 2021 PFL welterweight tournament. Since that defeat, Magomedkerimov is 5-0 with three knockouts and two decisions.
Magomedkerimov is the more well-rounded fighter of the two, but Sy has shored up some gaps in his grappling game, which could make for an exciting matchup in this welterweight scrap. The betting pick is Magomed Magomedkerimov to win via decision.
PFL 2023 World Championship: Light heavyweight title fight Josh Silveira vs. Impa Kasanganay – betting picks
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PFL’s light heavyweight division will crown a new champion in 2023 as two PFL Challenger Series contract winners face off in the 205-pound title fight. Those fighters are Josh Silveira and Impa Kasanganay. Silveira joined the PFL in 2022 after claiming two titles with the LFA in 2021, light heavyweight and middleweight. He is riding a three-fight winning streak heading into Friday’s fight with three first-round stoppage victories. Former UFC fighter Impa Kasanganay signed with the PFL in 2023. He is 4-0 with the promotion, with two knockouts, one submission, and one decision.
Silveira has been excellent with the PFL, but he is facing the most formidable opponent of his career in Kasanganay. The ex-UFC fighter has reignited his MMA career since he joined PFL. Kasanganay is the betting pick, beating Silveira by knockout.
PFL 2023 World Championship: Featherweight title fight Jesus Pinedo vs. Gabriel Alves Braga – betting picks
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One of the under-the-radar fighters of the 2023 PFL season looks to keep his run of upset victories intact in the featherweight title fight on Friday. That fighter, Jesus Pinedo, is coming off two knockout wins, stopping 2022 PFL featherweight world champion Brendan Loughnane and last season’s runner-up Bubba Jenkins in those outings. Pinedo faces the undefeated Gabriel Alves Braga, who is in his first season with PFL. Braga is 4-0 with the promotion and coming off a split-decision win over Chris Wade in August.
It’s hard to bet against Pinedo, considering his upset wins over established names like Loughrane and Jenkins, and I’m not going to doubt him heading into the championship fight. The betting pick is Jesus Pinedo to win via knockout.
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