Infographic: Professional Fighters League Season 1 Middleweight Playoff Standings Update

By Ben Duffy Aug 15, 2018
The average mixed martial arts fan might be forgiven for looking at the roster of Professional Fighters League’s middleweight season and thinking, “Really? One of these guys is going to win a million bucks?” The most recognizable name among the group is likely that of John Howard, who is best known for going 7-7 across two stints in the UFC -- as an undersized welterweight.

While all of PFL’s divisions feature a number of familiar names from the Ultimate Fighting Championship or Bellator MMA amid a pool of homegrown talent and European prospects, its 185-pound class is notably lacking in star power. The good news is that, if you’re wondering who some of these fighters are, 10 of the 12 are fighting at Professional Fighters League 6 on Thursday, so we should know a little more about them, and a lot more about the middleweight playoff picture, by the weekend.

Former welterweight or not, “Doomsday” Howard occupies second place in the standings thanks to a second-round submission win over Gasan Umalatov last month at Professional Fighters League 3. He sits just behind Abusupiyan Magomedov, the Germany-based Russian who scored a TKO over Danillo Villefort with a nasty body kick and follow-up punches at the same event. While Howard and Magomedov can clinch playoff berths with any kind of victory this week, no fighters have been eliminated yet and the playoff seedings are wide open. If the rest of PFL’s divisions are any indicator, this means we can expect plenty of surprises and finishes as some relatively no-name fighters make names for themselves and stake their claim on the playoffs and the $1 million prize.

The PFL regular season continues through August, with the playoffs scheduled to begin in October.

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