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PFL 7: 2023 Playoffs Betting Preview: Daiqwon Buckley vs. Louis Sutherland

August 18, 2023

The next PFL 8 event in August has a great opener in the preliminary card that will help set the tone for the night. This betting opportunity is a heavyweight showdown between Daiqwon Buckley and Louie Sutherland. 

  • Date: August 18, 2023

  • Location: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

  • Main Card: ESPN/ESPN+ at 9:00 PM ET

  • Prelims: ESPN+ at 6:30 PM ET

Daiqwon Buckley Betting Preview

Buckley is returning to action after a first round TKO victory against Ian Allston back in April of this year. This got him back on track after a first round submission defeat to Jordan Heiderman in the fight prior.

His fighting resume shows that he has four wins that consist of two knockouts and two decisions. One of his four victories have resulted in a first round finish and his only loss has been by the recent submission.

He has a few notable victories under his belt to give him a boost in this fight. He has gone 1-0 in the PFL so far, as well as 1-1 in the Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Buckley is currently ranked as the 60th best professional heavyweight in the United States. He has a great opportunity to increase this ranking and to stand out on a big stage again.

Louie Sutherland Betting Preview

Sutherland is coming off of a second round TKO victory against Alton Meeks back in February earlier this year. This put him back on the right path after a unanimous decision defeat against Abraham Bably back in August of last year.

His fighting resume shows that he has five wins that consist of five knockouts. Four of his five victories have resulted in first round finishes and his only defeat has been a decision.

“The Vanilla Gorilla” has battled in a variety of fighting leagues so far in his career. He has gone 1-1 in the PFL and 1-0 in Sparta Fight Nights to name a few.

Sutherland has not fought against quality competition consistently, so this will arguably be his toughest matchup to date. However, he stands a good chance with his striking ability.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie is showing that Daiqwon Buckley is a slight favorite to win this matchup. They both stack up well on paper, indicating that this could be a close fight.

  • Louie Sutherland: +141

  • Daiqwon Buckley: -171

  • *odds are subject to changes

Sutherland has a slight reach advantage of about two inches, but his resume is lacking the authority it needs over quality opponents. Looking at Buckley, he has less fights but has a few more quality opponents despite one being a loss. Overall, this will potentially end by a knockout from Buckley.

Final Pick: Take Daiqwon Buckley to Win at -171