Preview and prediction for Rory MacDonald vs. Curtis Millender at PFL 2.
It could really feel like eternally because the Skilled Fighters League (PFL) rocked the MMA world by signing former Bellator welterweight champion and UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald. However MacDonald will lastly make his PFL debut this weekend at PFL 2, taking over Curtis Millender.
MacDonald was scheduled to face David Michaud initially, however a coronary heart situation pressured Michaud to drag out of the battle and certain finish his MMA profession.
MacDonald spent his final six bouts in Bellator after a run within the UFC. He submitted Paul Daley in his Bellator debut earlier than defeating Douglas Lima to seize the Bellator welterweight championship. MacDonald tried to realize middleweight gold there as effectively however was completed by Gegard Mousasi.
MacDonald defended his title twice within the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, battling Jon Fitch to a draw and getting a choice over Neiman Gracie, however he dropped the belt again to Lima within the finals.
MacDonald signed with the PFL in December 2019 however his debut was delayed because of the PFL not having a 2020 season on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Millender additionally had a stint within the UFC, starting with a knockout of Thiago Alves and resolution wins over Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada. He was lower from the promotion after losses to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Belal Muhammad. He then returned to Bellator for a pair of fights, defeating Moses Murrietta and dropping to Sabah Homasi.
Who will win at PFL 2: Rory MacDonald or Curtis Millender?
Millender will come into this battle with two-inch edges in top and attain, although MacDonald has the championship and essential event-level expertise, in addition to popping out of the well-established TriStar Gymnasium.
It’s been stated for his final couple of fights, nevertheless it’s price repeating: MacDonald, to his personal admission, has struggled to drag the set off and hearth as finest as he might. With out that “killer intuition,” he hasn’t regarded as spectacular as he did again when he challenged Robbie Lawler at UFC 189.
McDonald nonetheless has an incredible skillset with some high-class hanging and respectable grappling to go together with it. Nevertheless it appears just a little off with out the preventing instincts he used to have, and that’s just a little troubling, particularly when he didn’t battle in 2020. He’s additionally proven some struggles when going through grappling-heavy guys like Lima and Fitch as of late — even Gracie acquired his justifiable share in.
Millender, who has fought twice within the “pandemic period” of MMA to date, has some nice grappling skill and speedy hanging, along with his slight bodily edge.
PFL is on excessive upset alert after the variety of upsets on the 2021 premiere, together with Clay Collard’s win over Anthony Pettis. Don’t be shocked if that development continues right here.
Prediction: Millender by way of unanimous resolution
PFL 2 takes place on Friday, April 30, 2021, dwell from Atlantic Metropolis, NJ. Comply with together with FanSided for all of your dwell information and highlights.