2021 PFL 2:
Not everybody will be watching the NFL Draft on Thursday night, as the 2021 Professional Fighters League season continues for the second of third weeks, 2021 PFL 2 from Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City.
Live coverage of PFL 2 begins with the ESPN+ fights at 5:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. PT (part one), with the ESPN2 portion of the card (part two) airing at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT.
Initially, this card was to have featured 10 MMA fights in the Welterweight and Light Heavyweight divisions, but on Sunday, the promotion announced on social media that Magomed Magomedkerimov and Aleksey Kunchenko have each withdrawn from the event and the show will be a nine fight card (five Light Heavyweight, four Welterweight.)
Highlighting the action on Thursday is a three-round fight at five minutes per round between Rory MacDonald (21-6-1, 0-0 2021 PFL, no points in the standings) and Curtis Millender (18-6, 0-0 2021 PFL, no points in the standings) at Welterweight.
Initially, MacDonald was to have fought David Michaud before the latter withdrew from the card amid a heart condition.
MacDonald vs. Millender:
Heading into the main event this Thursday night on ESPN2, Curtis Millender is the taller man at 6-foot-2, with Rory MacDonald standing six feet even.
How they got here:
Rory MacDonald has posted a record of 2-2-1 in his last five MMA appearances, most recently dropping a unanimous decision at the hands of Douglas Lima in Bellator 232 on Oct. 26, 2019.
MacDonald was signed by the PFL in December of 2019 for its 2020 season before it was aborted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making Thursday’s main event his first fight in nearly a year and a half.
In the other corner, Curtis Millender has gone 2-3 in his last five fights, dropping a unanimous decision last time out vs. Sabah Homasi in Bellator 243 last Aug. 8.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Curtis Millender owns a two-inch reach advantage (78 inches to 76 inches) over Rory MacDonald heading into this fight.
Prediction: Rory MacDonald by unanimous decision.
Other fights on part two of 2021 PFL 2 include:
Co-Main Event: Ray Cooper III (20-7-1, 0-0 2021 PFL, no points in the standings) vs. Jason Ponet (20-12-1, 0-0 2021 PFL, no points in the standings) [Welterweight]
Joao Zeferino (24-9, 0-0 2021 PFL, no points in the standings) vs. Gleison Tibau (34-14, 0-0 2021 PFL, no points in the standings) [Welterweight]
Emiliano Sordi (22-8, 0-0 2021 PFL, no points in the standings) vs. Chris Camozzi (25-14, 0-0 2021 PFL, no points in the standings) [Light Heavyweight]