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PFL 7: 2023 Playoffs Betting Preview: Denis Goltsov vs. Jordan Heiderman

August 18, 2023

PFL 7 presents an exhilarating fight card once again, featuring a clash of heavyweights and women's featherweights. Notably, the main card highlights a semifinal showdown in the heavyweight division, pitting Denis Goltsov against Jordan Heiderman. 

  • 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

Denis Goltsov Betting Preview

Goltsov is currently on a four-fight winning streak heading into this event. His most recent success was a first round knockout in 18 seconds against Yorgan De Castro back in June earlier this year.

His fighting resume shows that he has 31 wins that consist of 15 knockouts, 10 submissions, and six decisions. 16 of his 31 victories have resulted in a first round finish and out of seven losses, he has three each by knockout and submission.

“The Russian Bogatyr” has battled against good competition over the years and has done well in prominent leagues. These include 9-2 in the PFL and 4-1 in the Absolute Championship Berkut.

Goltsov is currently ranked as the 35th best heavyweight fighter in the world. This is a great opportunity to slightly move up in the rankings and add another quality win to his resume.

Jordan Heiderman Betting Preview

Heiderman is currently undeterred through seven professional bouts so far. His most recent battle was a first round TKO against Patrick Brady back in June earlier this year.

His fighting resume shows that he has seven wins that consist of two knockouts, three submissions, one decision, and one by other. Five of his seven victories have resulted in first round finishes.

“Thor” has a few battles under his belt that have given his career a boost. These include 5-0 in the Legacy Fighting Alliance and 1-0 in his recent debut for the PFL.

He is currently ranked as the 105th best heavyweight fighter in the world. A win here would greatly boost his resume and ranking, as Goltsov is an established veteran.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie is showing that Denis Goltsov is a heavy favorite to win this matchup. Incorporating Goltsov into a parlay bet with other matches scheduled for the evening could potentially yield greater advantages, as opposed to selecting him individually to win since his odds are so high.

  • Jordan Heiderman : +550

  • Denis Goltsov: -750

  • *odds are subject to changes

Heiderman has battled against solid fighters, but no one has over six wins at the time of the battle. This is arguably a mismatch in terms of experience and fighting styles since Goltsov has a lot to like here. Overall, look for Goltsov to end this battle early, likely by knockout.

Final Pick: Take Denis Goltsov to Win at -750