PFL 2019 #1 Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
Where/Venue: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Where/Location: Long Island, New York
When: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM ET
The second season of Pro Fighters League will get started on Thursday Night, May 9, 2019, from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
This card is slated to take place on ESPN 2 and ESPN+ App starting at 5:30 PM eastern standard time.
There are currently 10 fights scheduled to take place from the women’s Lightweight Division and the men’s Welterweight Division. Let’s take a look at the fight card.
PFL 2019 #1 Fight Card
Kayla Harrison (3-0) vs. Svetlana Khautova (2-0)
Magomed Magomedkerimov (23-5) vs. John Howard (27-14-1)
Ray Cooper III (17-6) vs. Zane Kamaka (13-3)
Sarah Kaufman (20-4-1) vs. Morgan Frier (4-1)
Sadibou Sy (7-4-1) vs. David Michaud (15-4)
Handesson Ferreira (13-2-1) vs. Bojan Velickovic (16-8-2)
Genah Fabian (1-0) vs. Bobbi Jo Dalziel (4-0)
Gamzat Khiramagomedov (7-0) vs. Glaico Franca (19-5)
Andre Fialha (10-1) vs. Chris Curtis (20-5)
Larissa Pacheco (11-2) vs. Roberta Samad (4-1)
PFL 2019 #1 Handicapping
The fight we are looking at with the most interest here on Thursday Night is in the Welterweight Tournament between John Howard and Magomed Magomedkerimov. This fight is slated to take place for 3 x 5-minute rounds.
Magomed Magomedkerimov enters this fight with a record of 23-5. He is riding a 8 fight win streak which includes wins over Ray Cooper and Bojan Velickovic, both of whom are in this year's Welterweight Tournament and fighting on this card.
Magomedkerimov was the winner of last year's PFL Welterweight Division Tournament, taking home the $1,000,000 for his win over Cooper on New Year's Eve. Magomedkerimov submitted Cooper by somewhat a surprise knowing the wins that Cooper had recorded.
Magomedkerimov had a very easy time taking Cooper down and subsequently taking his back and winning the fight. I highly doubt he will have that much of an easy time with John Howard. Howard is a 42 fight veteran that participated last year in the MIddleweight Tournament here at PFL.
Howard is 27-14-1 overall in his career and coming in off a technical draw with Louis Taylor, who subsequently ended up winning the Middleweight Tournament. Howard hasn't fought since that fight, which was in October 2018. Howard looked really strong and fit at the weigh-ins and knowing that he came back down to Welterweight and seemed to do it without any issues, tells me he is ready for this fight.
Howard is a very talented striker and wrestler, and Magomedkerimov will not have as easy of a time pulling off that same gameplan this time. I expect Howard is going to retain some of that KO power and for that, I really like him at these odds. Right now, at the date and time of this article, you can play John Howard for +643. I know the world is on Magomedkerimov but I am telling you that it is worth a wager on Howard at these numbers!