We have arrived at PFL 7 and the start of the 2023 playoffs with featherweight and light heavyweight semifinal fighters competing. The event takes place Friday night live on ESPN from the Boeing Center at Tech Port in San Antonio, Texas.
PFL 7 Predictions: Which Featherweights Will Advance?
In the main event of PFL 7 live Friday night on ESPN will be Bubba Jenkins vs. Jesus Pinedo. The card takes places from the Boeing Center at Tech Port in San Antonio, Texas.
Jenkins has been a constant contender in the division since joining the promotion, while Pinedo stunned reigning champion Brendan Loughnane to qualify for the final four.
The winner of that contest gets either Gabriel Alves Braga or Chris Wade, as Wade was entered into it all after Movlid Khaybulaev was removed.
In the other semifinal fights will be Josh Silveira vs. Ty Flores and Marthin Hamlet vs. Impa Kasanganay. Those two fights take place in the light heavyweight division.
A lightweight contest pitting Elvin Espinoza vs. Keoni Diggs will open the main card.
As for the prelims, those feature the likes of Thad Jean, Desiree Yanez and Chelsea Hackett doing battle.
The remaining PFL playoff events will go down later this month from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. But first, here are predictions for PFL 7:
Bubba Jenkins Vs. Jesus Pinedo
Jenkins enters as the No. 1 seed at featherweight, coming off another dominating run in the regular season. He has been here and done that – well, all but claim gold.
Prediction: Jenkins via second round TKO
Josh Silveira Vs. Ty Flores
Silveira should be able to solve Flores and advance to the light heavyweight finals. But, when you mix it up with the big boys, anything can happen.
Prediction: Silveira via decision
Gabriel Alves Braga Vs. Chris Wade
Braga will be the underdog one would assume come fight-night, as Wade enters with the more polished pedigree and resume. As long as he remained in fight shape, he should be able to advance.
Prediction: Wade via third round submission
Marthin Hamlet Vs. Impa Kasanganay
Really, this one could be the fight of the night, as both men have proven they have what it takes. I’ll go with the more experienced Hamlet to get the job done.
Prediction: Hamlet via decision