In the main event, two-time season winner Kayla Harrison (14-0) is not the No. 1 seed. She’s No. 2 against No. 3 Martina Jindrova (6-2). But she’s still a massive -5000 favorite at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Jindrova is +1200. Not surprisingly, all of our 11 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are taking Harrison to move on to another $1 million final.
At featherweight, there’s a lot of heat and trash talk between No. 1 seed Chris Wade (22-7) and No. 4 Brendan Loughnane (24-4). Wade is a -260 favorite, but our pickers have him with the slimmest possible 6-5 lead in the picks. His fight is the only contentious one among our pickers.
In the other women’s lightweight semifinal, Larissa Pacheco (17-4) is the No. 1 seed against Olena Kolesnyk (7-4). Pacheco is a huge favorite at -850 and is another of our unanimous picks.
And in the second featherweight semifinal on the main card, No. 2 seed Ryoji Kudo (11-3-1) takes on No. 3 Bubba Jenkins (18-5). Jenkins is a big -350 favorite at the betting window and has the support of all 11 of our pickers.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Harrison (87 percent), Wade (57 percent), Pacheco (83 percent) and Jenkins (84 percent) are the choices.
Running and passing with a sense of urgency, Lamar Jackson deftly moved the Baltimore Ravens from one end of the field to the other in the fourth quarter of a tie game against the Buffalo Bills. Go for the touchdown, or let the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history do his thing? Coach John Harbaugh left his offense on the field.
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