2022 PFL Playoffs 2 predictions: Will Rory MacDonald roll into the $1 million welterweight final?

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MacDonald
vs.
Taylor

Delija
vs.
Ferreira

Adams
vs.
Scheffel

Sy
vs.
Leal

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
131-79

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MacDonald
(76%)

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Ferreira
(52%)

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Adams
(51%)

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Leal
(67%)

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
143-72

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2018 Champion

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MacDonald

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Delija

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Scheffel

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Leal

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
139-76

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MacDonald

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Delija

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Scheffel

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Leal

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohn
137-78

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2014 Champion

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MacDonald

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Delija

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Scheffel

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Leal

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
135-80

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MacDonald

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Ferreira

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Adams

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Sy

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
132-83

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MacDonald

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Ferreira

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Adams

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Sy

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
131-84

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MacDonald

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Ferreira

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Adams

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Leal

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
130-85

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MacDonald

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Delija

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Scheffel

leal2022


Leal

Nolan King
@mma_kings
127-88

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Taylor

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Delija

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Scheffel

leal2022


Leal

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
126-89

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2017 Champion

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MacDonald

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Delija

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Scheffel

leal2022


Leal

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
117-98

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MacDonald

ferreira2022


Ferreira

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Adams

leal2022


Leal

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
104-111

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MacDonald

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Ferreira

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Adams

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Leal

The PFL is back for the second of three sets of playoff semifinals. This week, welterweights and heavyweights are on the docket.

The 2022 PFL Playoffs 2 event takes place Saturday at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. The main card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN+ and ahead of post-lim qualifiers on ESPN+.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, No. 1 welterweight seed and former Bellator champion Rory MacDonald (23-9-1) meets late replacement Dilano Taylor (9-2). Taylor stepped in for Magomed Umalatov on Thursday after Umalatov had visa issues. MacDonald is -205 at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Taylor is +155. All but one of our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are siding with MacDonald to move on to the final.

At heavyweight, No. 2 Ante Delija (21-5) takes on No. 3 Renan Ferreira (9-3). It’s a pick’em fight at the betting window, and it’s close with our staff members, as well. Delija has the slimmest possible 6-5 lead in the picks.

In the other heavyweight semifinal, Juan Adams (10-4) stepped in Thursday as a late replacement for No. 1 seed Denis Goltsov. He’ll take on Matheus Scheffel (16-8), who himself was an alternate. Adams is a big -250 favorite, despite his late notice, but it’s Scheffel with a 6-5 narrow edge from our staff members.

And in the second welterweight semifinal on the main card, No. 2 seed Sadibou Sy (11-6-2) takes on Carlos Leal (17-3). Sy is a slim favorite at -120, but Leal has a major lead in the picks at 9-2.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, MacDonald (76 percent), Ferreira (52 percent), Adams (51 percent) and Leal (67 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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