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PFL 9: 2023 Playoffs Betting Preview: Abdullah Al-Qahtani vs. David Zelner

August 23, 2023

PFL 9 offers a great fight card, as the promotion is featuring plenty of exciting matchups for betting opportunities. Early in the prelims, you can check out a featherweight battle between Abdullah Al-Qahtani and David Zelner.

  • Date: August 23, 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

Abdullah Al-Qahtani Betting Preview

Al-Qahtani is coming off of a first round neck crank submission victory against Lamar Brown back in June earlier this year. This got him back on track after a split decision defeat in his previous battle. 

His fighting resume shows that he has six wins that consist of one knockout, one submission, and four decisions. One victory so far has resulted in a first round finish and he has one loss by the recent decision.

“The Reaper” is looking to impress in the PFL once again, as his recent victory was his debut in the promotion. Previously, he battled under various fighting leagues but most notably went 4-1 in the Brave Combat Federation.

He is currently ranked as the 39th best Middle East professional lightweight fighter and is also ranked 36th for featherweight. He has a great opportunity to extend his win streak and improve on his rankings.

David Zelner Betting Preview

Zelner has gone 2-2 in his last four fights and needs to get back on track. His most recent battle was a unanimous decision defeat against Isaac Ruelas back in April earlier this year, which snapped his previous two fight winning streak.

His fighting resume shows that he has four wins that consist of two submissions and two decisions. One of his submission victories has resulted in a first round finish and both of his losses have come by decision.

“DZ Machine” is making his PFL debut in this showdown. He has previously battled under different fighting promotions throughout his career, but his best work has been 3-0 in the Combat Night banner.

Zelner is currently ranked as the 254th best professional lightweight fighter in the United States and is the 213th best at bantamweight. This will arguably be his toughest matchup of his career and must win if he wants a shot at tougher competition.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie is showing that Abdullah Al-Qahtani is a heavy favorite to win this battle. Bettors could look into adding him to a parlay with other heavy favorites on the night to give the odds a boost.

  • David Zelner : +296

  • Abdullah Al-Qahtani: -526

  • *odds are subject to changes

Zelner has a few solid wins under his belt, but nothing that stands out. Al-Qahtani has better exposure to quality battles and will potentially end this battle early.

Final Pick: Take Abdullah Al-Qahtani to Win at -526

Written By: David White