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PFL Standings: Welterweight, Featherweight Brackets Finalized



Shamil Musaev is sitting pretty as he makes his first venture into the Professional Fighters League postseason.

The 30-year-old Russian secured the No. 1 seed at welterweight by virtue of a second-round technical knockout of Murad Ramazanov at PFL 6 on Friday night at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The KSW veteran is now unbeaten in 17 professional outings, but he’ll have to best the same adversary twice in a row if he is to advance in the 170-pound bracket. His matchup for Aug. 23 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. will be a return date with the fourth-seeded Ramazanov, who suffered his first professional defeat on Friday. Meanwhile, No. 2 Magomed Umalatov will square off against No. 3 Don Madge in the other welterweight semifinal.



Elsewhere, Brendan Loughnane began his pursuit of a second PFL featherweight title in earnest, as he clinched the top seed with a technical knockout triumph against Justin Gonzales at the 3:34 mark of Round 2 in their headlining clash. A brutal knee from the English veteran opened a gaping wound on Gonzales’ forehead, prompting a cageside physician to wave off the bout. Loughnane will face fourth-seeded Kai Kamaka III in one 145-pound semifinal, while 2023 finalist and No. 2 seed Gabriel Braga will meet No. 3 Timur Khizriev on the other side of the bracket.

After a brief respite, the PFL playoffs will begin with heavyweight and women’s flyweight semifinals on Aug. 2 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

A closer look at the up-to-the-minute PFL standings:


WELTERWEIGHT

x-10: Shamil Musaev
x-9: Magomed Umalatov
x-6: Don Madge
x-6: Murad Ramazanov
3: Neiman Gracie
3: Andrey Koreshkov
3: Goiti Yamauchi
0: Logan Storley
0: Brennan Ward
0: Luca Poclit
-1: Laureano Staropoli

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FEATHERWEIGHT

x11: Brendan Loughnane
x10: Gabriel Braga
x6: Timur Khizriev
x-6: Kai Kamaka III
3: Adam Borics
3: Tyler Diamond
0: Enrique Barzola
0: Brett Johns
0: Bubba Jenkins
0: Pedro Carvalho

0: Justin Gonzales

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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

x-11: Impa Kasanganay
x-9: Rob Wilkinson
x-9: Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov
x-6: Joshua Silveira
6: Antonio Carlos Jr.
4: Sadibou Sy
3: Alex Polizzi
0: Simon Biyong
0: Jakob Nedoh
0: Andrew Sanchez
0: Tom Breese

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LIGHTWEIGHT

x-9: Brent Primus
x-6: Gadzhi Rabadanov
x-5: Michael Dufort
x-5: Clay Collard

4: Elvin Espinoza
3: Adam Piccolotti
3: Bruno Miranda
3: Mads Burnell
0: Patricky Freire
-1: Solomon Renfro

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HEAVYWEIGHT

x-10: Denis Goltsov
x-8: Oleg Popov
x-6: Valentin Moldavsky
x-6: Tim Johnson
5: Daniel James
3: Tyrell Fortune
3: Sergey Bilostenniy
3: Linton Vassell
0: Thiago Santos
0: Danilo Marques
0: Marcelo Golm
-1: Davion Franklin

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WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT

x-12: Dakota Ditcheva
x-9: Taila Santos
x-7: Liz Carmouche
x-6: Jena Bishop
5: Juliana Velasquez
3: Kana Watanabe
3: Ilara Joanne
0: Chelsea Hackett
0: Lisa Mauldin
-1: Shanna Young

x: Clinched playoff berth
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