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PFL 9: 2023 Playoffs Betting Preview: Alexei Pergande vs. Shawn Stefanelli

August 23, 2023

PFL 9 offers a wide range of intriguing betting opportunities and features notable fighters to watch. A prime illustration of this is the featherweight clash between Alexei Pergande and Shawn Stefanelli, the final bout of the preliminary card.

  • 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

Alexei Pergande Betting Preview

Pergande is undefeated through three professional bouts as he approaches this event. His most recent victory was a first round brabo choke submission against Akeem Bashir back in June of this year.

With those three victories under his belt, two have come by submission and one is by decision. One of his submissions resulted in a first round finish.

“Russian DNA” has spent all of his career in the PFL so far, making his name known as he continues to impress. The only other exposure he has is when he went 4-0 in amateur matches while fighting for Valor Fighting and Attitude MMA.

Pergande will be encountering one of his toughest matchups to date. If he can impress once again, this will definitely give his career a boost to fight prominent fighters in the division.

Shawn Stefanelli Betting Preview

Stefanelli is currently on a two-fight win streak and aiming to add another with this bout. His most recent success was a unanimous decision against Cole Alaxanian back in March of this year.

His fighting resume shows that he is 4-2 so far in his career, with one win by submission and three by decision. One of his submission victories has been a first round finish and he has one loss each by knockout and submission.

He will be making his debut in the PFL promotion after successfully winning bouts in other various fighting leagues. These battles were won in Cage Wars, Art of Cage War, and Ring of Combat.

Stefanelli is currently ranked as the 477th best professional featherweight fighter in the United States. A win here would greatly increase his ranking and jumpstart his career.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie reveals that Alexei Pergande is a huge favorite to win this showdown. Adding Pergande with other fighters to a parlay could prove to be a good bet as the value changes.

  • Shawn Stefanelli: +522

  • Alexei Pergande: -1250

  • *odds are subject to changes

Stefanelli has shown similar results as Pergande, but not on the same level as quality against the fighters he has battled. Pergande appears more aggressive on the ground and will likely be able to end this battle early by some form of submission. Look for Pergande to continue adding to his undefeated win streak.

Final Pick: Take Alex Pergande to Win at -1250

Written By: David White