Wednesday, May 25, 2022

PFL 2022, week 3 predictions: Harrison, Cooper III, Pettis, McDonald unanimous across the board

The PFL’s third event to open the 2022 season is cut short this week with the women’s lightweight and welterweight getting their first action.

PFL 2022, Week 3 takes place on Friday at the Esports Arena in Arlington, Texas. The main card airs on ESPN2 followed by prelims on ESPN+.

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In the main event, two-time women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison (12-0) is back and set her unbeaten record against Marina Mokhnatkina (6-2). Harrison is a huge favorite at numbers above 50-1. Not surprisingly, all 11 of our editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are taking Harrison as one of four unanimous picks on the main card.

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In a co-feature, two-time welterweight champ Ray Cooper III (24-7-1) begins his third title hunt against Carlos Leal (16-3). Cooper is the favorite over 4-1 and the second of our unanimous picks.

Also on the main card, former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (24-12) will try to make a disappointing 0-2 start to his PFL career in 2021 when he opens his welterweight to Miles Price (11-7) Will meet you Season. The favorite Pettis is an 11-0 unanimous pick from our staff members.

And to open the main card, former Bellator champion Rory MacDonald (22-8-1) will look to make a comeback in 2021 as well as Brett Cooper (28-15). The favorite over 3-1, McDonald’s is our fourth unanimous pick.

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In the MMA Junkie reader consensus, Harrison (87 percent), Cooper III (86 percent), Pettis (83 percent) and McDonald (90 percent) are the choices.

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