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The Professional Fighters League bursts back into the public spotlight with Robert Wilkinson taking on Bruce Souto in tonight's card. Lightning Locks breaks down the bout and shares his best bet.
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Professional Fighters League Best Bet: Robert Wilkinson vs Bruce Souto

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Rob Wilkinson vs Bruce Souto Prediction

Known by only the stout of degenerates, Rob Wilkinson tried to make his claim at greatness way back circa 2018, where he was unfortunately bested by flash in the pan kickboxer reject, you might know him as Israel Adesanya. Ever since that brutal, hilarious beatdown, however, Mr. Wilkinson has rattled off five combat sports victories in a row, proving that if you give a man a fish, he would probably lose to Adesanya as well. 

The last time we saw Rob on the big stage it was glaringly obvious to anyone watching that his stylistic pedigree would predominantly be stemming from his grappling prowess and takedown acumen. He shot in over a dozen times against Izzy, where he was promptly stuffed and reversed in all but three of them leading to his demise in the UFC, and from the limelight, for over half a decade. I have a theory that Robert was insanely traumatized and has been trying to fix his stand-up holes ever since his embarrassing L to Israel, as evident by only taking striking bouts and putting on nearly 30 pounds in an attempt to improve his durability. It will be interesting to see if he has fallen in love with his hands going into Wednesday's contest, or if he regurgitates the wrestling that had gotten to the dance initially all those years ago.

So who exactly is Rob not Whittaker's opponent? Bruce Souto answers the beck and call with an adequate 15-3 record, with his most dominant performance probably being his last bout, where Jorge Masvidaled flying kneed his adversary into complete unconscious oblivion. Although his last KO victory and record indicate somewhat of a proficient fighter, a further deep delve into the mechanics of his delivery as well as his strength of schedule tell a different story entirely.

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I think one of the biggest knocks I take away from Souto is his upright almost giraffe-inspired stance, something that can be exploited easily by a wrestler trying to get in on the hips, or even a striker can bait for and counter at will. Even though he is the more experienced fighter in the weight division, at 5 foot 10 he is going to be at a sizable disadvantage against the 6 foot 4 enhanced silverback scarecrow gorilla in Wilkinson.

I think the PFL knows what they're doing in making this matchup on Wednesday. They are trying to push what they believe can be a drawdown under and are subsequently giving the man a proper softball to ensure the gravy train keeps on rolling. Give me Rob Wilkinson's moneyline so he can increase my net worth and raise my social credit score.

Rob Wilkinson vs Bruce Souto Best Bet

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