PFL 4 was everything the Professional Fighters League had hoped for when it established its playoff format. Six out of eight bouts ended on Thursday before the final horn, with five finals dramatically changed the composition of the playoff brackets in the divisions welterweight and lightweight women.
The preseason favorites Magomed Magomedkerimov and Kayla Harrison have decided on the number 2 In their respective divisions and in the playoff brackets, there are many interesting matches.
So the second night of the welterweight and female-weight battles ran in Atlantic City, New Jersey:
Magomed Magomedkerimov remains the toughest competitor at 170 pounds the PFL welterweight division and a strong contender for the defense of his championship (and the associated $ 1 million prize). Magomedkerimov controlled the distance against Chris Curtis, a boxer who shocked the field with a win over Bellator veteran Andre Fialho at PFL1. Magomedkerimov beat his opponent everywhere on the way to a unanimous decision victory.
On With his feet he landed clean blows and hurtful kicks. On the ground he also controlled the action. Late in the third round, however, Magomedkerimov seemed to get tired after spending the entire second round getting a sneaky choke. Curtis sensed it and reached for a guillotine, but Magomedkerimov turned and survived the sequence. Overall, Magomedkerimov scored 79 goals for Curtis 22. In the quarter-finals, however, the two compete again against each other. Hard to imagine another result, as the scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.
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Kayla Harrison (9 points) def. Morgan Frier (0 points) on first round filing (key lock) (female lightweight)
After Kayla Harrison won a decision on Larissa Pacheco at PFL 1, she cried because she was disappointed with her performance was. The PFL built a 155-pound women's division around Harrison, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, and the skilful grappler wanted to perform better. She preached "perfection."
In her second fight against Morgan Frier on Thursday, she clearly had a different attitude. Harrison was violent. She took down Frier and hit her with 28 strokes of the ground. And then, when she saw the slightest opening, she grabbed a key lock and secured a submission victory late in the first round. More than anything else, Harrison has proven that you will not get up once she has you down.
The win marks a semi-final match against Muay Thai specialist Genah Fabian and a possible title fight against UFC veteran Sarah Kaufman, who did not fight on Thursday, but earned three points and the # 1 spot after Roberta Samad's retirement ,
"Sarah and I will meet in the final," Harrison said after the fight. "It will be the dream of the PFL and I will become a millionaire!" Kaufman then entered the cage and challenged this idea: "This million dollars will be mine," Kaufman said.
Joao Zeferino (3 points) defeated. Bojan Velickovic (0 points) on unanimous decision (welterweight)
This was billed as a "knockout" fight, but after David Michaud and John Howard (who were both scoreless before PFL 4) Successes The defeat wins, with both Joao Zeferino and Bojan Velickovic eliminated. Zeferino won a unanimous decision in a sloppy fight against Velickovic, who was competitive during the matchup.
Zeferino qualified for the playoffs of last year, but was injured before the quarter-finals. He was injured when he missed PFL 1 and qualified for PFL 4 only because of another fighter's injury. He used his grappling skills to keep Velickovic under control, but could not reach the break he needed on the final horn to guarantee a place in the playoffs. It was the first decision victory at PFL 4, six fights at night.
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John Howard (6 points) def. Ray Cooper III (5 points) on the first round TKO (punches) (welterweight)
Oh my! What are you doing, PFL 4? Up to that point at night, PFL 4 is rightly one of the best MMA cards of 2019. A desperate John Howard, who was 1-0 in the PFL this season, entered a fight against Ray Cooper III on Thursday night who lost last year in the welterweight title fight against Magomed Magomedkerimov after four consecutive KOs. Howard is a veteran with some UFC experience that added some weight to the field. Few chose him to fight these young, welterweight monsters.
But Howard had other plans.
When Cooper came forward on Thursday at the start of his fight, Howard gave him a powerful left hook. It has amazed the crowd. Howard threw some shots while Cooper tried to recover on the ground, but after the welterweight runner-up bounced back last year, Howard struck his shaky opponent with another huge left hook before giving him a few more Shots on the ground ended. It was the most impressive result of the season in the PFL. Howard is now moving into the playoffs and may see Cooper again, depending on how the rest of the night goes by.
Sadibou Sy against Glaico Franca seemed to be a likely candidate to extend the excitement at PFL 4 began with three consecutive following failures in the first round. Sy, who defeated David Michaud on PFL 1 after suffering a vicious Lebertruce at the start of the fight, and Franca, who also took first place in PFL 1, competed in the Welterweight World Championship with reigning Magomed Magomedkerimov.
Finally, Sy threw heavy leg kick too early, but failed to stop Franca. In the second and third rounds, he forced his opponent to fight off his back before his bottom and his pound in the final moments of the battle brought to a standstill. It was not the exciting fight that many had expected, but it allowed Franca to demonstrate his abilities in the fight against an elite aspirant. "We are very satisfied with this result," said Franca in hindsight.
While both fighters had already occupied the playoff positions, Franca lined up to occupy one of the top positions in the bracket.
The PFL 4 card started with two stops in the first round of the women's lightweight class. And then it got better. The fight between David Michaud and Handesson Ferreira consisted of a kick in the groin, an eye-drop and a wild exchange. All this happened before Michaud landed a left-right combination that overwhelmed Ferreira, who lost to Ray Cooper III in the semi-finals of last year's PFL welterweight tournament.
While Ferreira controlled the action throughout the round, Michaud's camp protested against his fighter. He was kicked in the groin minutes after he was stung in the eye. But Michaud, who needed an early break to get into the playoffs, accelerated the pace after absorbing those fouls. After injuring Ferreira with the combo, Michaud ended him in the crucifix position, where he landed several strokes before the referee stopped the fight. "It was all about making the playoffs," said Michaud after the win following his 17-second defeat of Sadibou Sy (1) with a liver kick in PFL 1. Now Ferreira has to wait to see if he can reach the playoffs with three points.
For this Reason, the PFL has put together a collection of the most intriguing rules and structures in MMA. The League wanted their fighters to reach this stage, with a playoff spot and another step toward a million dollars – fighting with urgency and passion. That's exactly what 24-year-old Larissa Pacheco did when she finished a knockout round against Bobbi Jo Dalziel, who suffered her first professional MMA loss.
Dalziel had a notable size and reach advantage and the elite kickboxer leg thrusts controlled the action in their PFL 1 win over Genah Fabian. But Pacheco did not give Dalziel a chance to use those tools because she had secured an early dismantling and had never allowed Dalziel to get on her feet. After Pacheco Dalziel had softened with punches early, she restored the rider's full position – and then she started on the arm bar. At 2 minutes, 31 seconds from the first round, this resulted in six points and a playoff spot for Pacheco, who caused problems for Kayla Harrison in her PFL-1 fight after taking on the fight at short notice. Pacheco is a sleeper in this division.
Genah Fabian kicked Moriel Charneski and knew she was interrupting the first round (before 2:21) needed) to secure a place in the women's lightweight playoffs. She struggled with a sense of urgency, finally dropping Charneski with a crisp, heavy left hand. Fabian followed Charneski down and ended the fight with a massive attack in which the referees stopped at 1:42 in the first round.
Fabian is a former Thai Muay World Champion, but she is still new to the MMA scene. She showed a lot of heart and pushed Bobbi Jo Dalziel in PFL 1 in a decision loss by a broken nose. Against Charneski she showed serenity and immediately dictated the action in the fight by avoiding a Charneski takedown. The heavy left-wing punch she won is a weapon that could shock the world in the playoffs. It is clear to the eye that Fabian is improving fast.