PFL 1 Odds, Picks & Betting Preview

PFL 1 Odds - Anthony Pettis vs Clay Collard

Professional Fighters League returns for PFL 1 with the main event featuring Anthony Pettis vs Clay Collard on April 23rd, 2021 from Atlantic City.

  • The Professional Fighters League returns after canceling their 2020 season
  • Anthony Pettis headlines the card against fellow UFC veteran and pro boxer, Clay Collard
  • See the odds, picks, and betting preview for the full 2021 PFL 1 main card, below

The Professional Fighters League is back and after not having an event in 2020 due to the pandemic. The promotion made some big signings like Anthony Pettis, Rory MacDonald, and Fabricio Werdum among others over their time off and are ready to return. ย Anthony Pettis is heavily favored in the PFL 1 odds as he makes his promotional debut against Clay Collard at lightweight. The co-main event sees two-time PFL lightweight champ, Natan Schulte against UFC veteran Marcin Held.

For those that might not know, PFL is a regular season and tournament format like stick and ball sports where the winner gets $1 million.

PFL 1 main card airs live on ESPN2 at 9 PM EST on Friday, April 23, from Atlantic City, New Jersey. The table below shows odds for the main card at DraftKings followed by best bets.

PFL 1 Odds

Fighter Odds at DraftKings
Anthony Pettis -590
Clay Collard +400
Fighter Odds
Natan Schulte -435
Marcin Held +300
Fighter Odds
Movlid Khaybulaev -670
Lazar Stojadinovic +420
Fighter Odds
Lance Palmer -500
Bubba Jenkins +350

All odds as of April 20th

How Will Pettis Do In His Debut?

Anthony Pettis ended his UFC tenure on a two-fight winning streak, and many wondered where he would sign. He ended up only taking a few days and inked a deal with PFL where he will meet UFC veteran Clay Collard in what should be a standup fight.

Pettis & Collard Recent Fights

Alex Morono, win by decision Fight 1 Randall Wallace, win by decision
Donald Cerrone, win by decision Fight 2 Lucas Montoya, win by KO
Diego Ferriera, loss by submission Fight 3 Darrick Minner, loss by submission
Nate Diaz, win by decision Fight 4 Carson Hardman, win by submission

Collardโ€™s recent fights are only showing his MMA fights, which he hasnโ€™t fought in 2019. Since May of 2019, he had eight boxing matches, and in 2020 he had six and even had another at the beginning of 2021 but is solely focused on MMA now.

Pettis vs Collard is the perfect main event for the first event back as โ€œShowtimeโ€ is still a big name and has an entertaining style, Collard, meanwhile, is a tremendous boxer and if Pettis keeps it standing it should be a kickboxing fight.

Pettis & Collard Stats

34 Age 28
5โ€™10โ€ Height 5โ€™11โ€
72.5โ€ณ Reach 73โ€ณ
18 Career finishes 13

Both Pettis and Collard are known for their striking, but both have underrated ground games. However, I do expect Pettis to try and shoot early to see how much Collard has been training his takedown defense and jiu-jitsu while he was focusing on boxing.

Yet, Showtime is known for his striking, and over 15 minutes, I believe he will try and outstrike the pro boxer and prove a point in his debut. Pettis is the better MMA striker and will use kicks and knees to hurt Collard, but heโ€™s very durable, so I expect Pettis to edge out a decision.

Pick: Anthony Pettis (-590)

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Can Schulte Three-Peat as Champ at PFL 1?

Natan Schulte is one of the best fighters outside the UFC and has a good chance to three-peat as the PFLโ€™s lightweight champion. Held, meanwhile, will have his first MMA fight since 2019.

Schulte & Held Recent Fights

Loik Radzhabov, win by decision Fight 1 Diego Brandao, win by decision
Akhmet Aliev, win by submission Fight 2 Musa Khamanaev, win by submission
Ramsey Nijem, win by submission Fight 3 Callan Potter, win by submission
Jesse Ronson, win by decision Fight 4 Nasrat Haqparast, win by decision

Held was not re-signed by the UFC after ending his contract on a win with the decision over Haqparast in a big upset and has gone on to have a to of success in grappling tournaments and in ACA the Russian promotion. In his UFC career, he has also fought the likes of Diego Sanchez, and Joe Lauzon,ย  while also holding wins over Patricky Pitbull and Derek Anderson. However, Schulte is a much more dangerous fighter.

Although when Held normally gets his opponents down, he submits them, I doubt he will be able to take the Brazilain down. Instead, I like Schulte to pick apart Held on the feet and win a clear-cut decision or possibly get a late TKO win.

Pick: Natan Schulte (-435)

Other PFL 1 Picks:

  1. Movlid Khaybulaev (-670): Khaybulev will be able to piece up Stojadinovic on the feet and eventually find the KO shot.
  2. Lance Palmer (-500): Palmer will be able to win this fight wherever he wants, and I actually like a Palmer, Khaybulaev, and Schulte parlay.
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