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PFL 5 Professional Fighters League Predictions & Tips For June 17

  • Week 5 of the PFL regular season takes place on June 17
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Leigh Copson 16 Jun 2021
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The 2021 Professional Fighters League regular season continues with the Week 5 event on Thursday night.

The card is headlined by a fight between two former UFC veterans – Rory MacDonald and Gleison Tibau.

Our tips for the night’s action are provided by expert MMA analysts and tipsters.

Rory MacDonald vs Gleison Tibau

Rory MacDonald made a statement in his PFL debut by submitting Curtis Millender in the first round.

In his sophomore outing he is facing Gleison Tibau, a man who has a wealth of experience having competed in the UFC for several years.

Tibau needs a quick finish to stay in the playoff hunt after losing last time out, so expect a fast start from him here.

MacDonald can ride out an early storm, impose himself on the fight and improve to 2-0 in the PFL.

Ray Cooper III vs Nikolay Aleksakhin

Ray Cooper III won the 2019 PFL welterweight competition and made a winning start to the 2021 edition in April.

The American submitted Jason Ponet with an arm-triangle choke just 83 seconds into the bout and is now riding at three-fight win streak.

Kickboxer Nikolay Aleksakhin is dangerous on his feet but his grappling is a major question mark.

If Cooper III can get the Russian on his back on the mat he could control the contest and maybe force a finish.


MacDonald and Cooper III can stay on course to fight for the welterweight tournament title at PFL 5.

Best Bet: MacDonald & Cooper III Winner Double @157.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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