Semifinal Matchups Unveiled for Professional Fighters League Playoffs

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 20, 2021



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The semifinal pairings for all six weight classes in the Professional Fighters League playoffs are now official.

The league on Tuesday announced the playoff matchups for its playoff events, which are scheduled for Aug. 13, 19 and 27 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 events will air on ESPN2, while the Aug. 20 card will air on ESPN.

“No sports league can match the thrilling action Professional Fighters League will deliver this August as the final four fighters for each weight division will compete for a spot in the $1 million world championship bout,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “The only playoff format in the sport gives every fighter a chance. The more than 550 million MMA fans around the world are going to witness unmatched intensity during every fight in the PFL SmartCage.”

Welterweights and lightweights will square off at the initial playoff event; heavyweights and women’s lightweights will lock horns on Aug. 19; and featherweights and light heavyweights will meet on the Aug. 27 card. The winners will advance to the PFL championship for a chance at a $1 million prize.

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PFL Playoffs 1 Card: 
Ray Cooper III vs. Rory MacDonald
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Joao Zeferino
Clay Collard vs. Raush Manfio
Loik Radzhabov vs. Alexander Martinez

PFL Playoffs 2 Card: 
Kayla Harrison vs. Genah Fabian
Bruno Cappelozza vs. Jamelle Jones
Larissa Pacheco vs. Taylor Guardado
Denis Goltsov vs. Ante Delija

PFL Playoffs 3 Card: 
Brendan Loughnane vs. Movlid Khaybulaev
Chris Wade vs. Bubba Jenkins
Emiliano Sordi vs. Antonio Carlos Jr.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Marthin Hamlet
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