PFL 7: Reside updates and outcomes as welterweights, lightweights vie for spot in $1 million finals


The welterweight champions from each of the PFL’s previous seasons are right here. So is a champ from one other promotion who was introduced in to boost the bar for this season. After which there’s the shock star who’s discovered latest success in each boxing and MMA who spoiled the social gathering for a high-profile former UFC titlist.

Because the PFL playoffs get underway with semifinals within the light-weight and welterweight divisions (live on ESPN+), there are loads of tales unfolding Friday night at Seminole Onerous Rock Lodge & On line casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Headlining the occasion is a conflict that many inside and out of doors the PFL anticipated earlier than the season when the corporate signed former Bellator welterweight champion and UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald. He takes on 2019 season champion and 2018 finalist Ray Cooper III.

The 2018 welterweight champ is within the co-main occasion. Magomed Magomedkerimov, combating for simply the second time this yr, takes on late alternative Sadibou Sy.

At light-weight, the principle attraction is Clay Collard — however he wasn’t imagined to be. Collard, a longtime MMA fighter who grew to become an unlikely sensation in boxing by successful 5 straights bout in 2020, opened the season by upsetting Anthony Pettis.

Collard takes on Raush Manfio, whereas the opposite semifinal options No. 1 seed Loik Radzhabov vs. No. 4 Alexander Martinez in a rematch from the common season. Martinez, the decrease seed, really gained that first struggle.

The motion from Hollywood, Florida will get underway with six non-tournament bouts within the 155- and 170-pound divisions. Comply with alongside all through the evening for stay outcomes and insights.

Present struggle

Welterweight: Kyron Bowen vs. Michael Lombardo

Betting odds (by way of DraftKings): Bowen: +410 | Lombardo -575

Light-weight: Elvin Espinoza def. Hopeton Stewart by way of first-round technical submission by way of rear-naked choke

The cardboard opened with a matchup of two Miami-based fighters each making their PFL debuts, and the unbeaten Espinoza was in management from the beginning. Espinoza received an early takedown and labored for a rear-naked choke, which he was capable of lock in. The choke rendered Stewart unconscious, and referee Keith Peterson stepped in to finish the struggle at 2:45 of Spherical 1.

Nonetheless to return:

ESPN2/ESPN+ (semifinals), 9 p.m. ET

Welterweight: No. 2 Rory MacDonald vs. No. 3 Ray Cooper III

Welterweight: No. 4 Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. No. 5 Sadibou Sy

Light-weight: No. 2 Clay Collard vs. No. 3 Raush Manfio | Light-weight

Light-weight: No. 1 Loik Radzhabov vs. No. 4 Alexander Martinez | Light-weight

ESPN+ (non-playoff)

Welterweight: Gleison Tibau vs. Curtis Millender

Light-weight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Darrell Horcher

Light-weight: Brett Cooper vs. Tyler Hill

Welterweight: Magomed Umalatov vs. Micah Terrill

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