The second half of the Skilled Fighters League (PFL) Common Season received off to an action-packed begin on Thursday night time, with 5 fighters punching their tickets to the 2021 PFL Playoffs and two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields victorious in a powerful PFL MMA debut.
Within the remaining bout of the nine-fight occasion, Shields defeated Brittney Elkin by way of TKO with a vicious floor and pound assault. Shields held off Elkin’s floor assaults within the first two rounds earlier than closing the present in spherical three.
Within the co-main occasion, “Cassius” Clay Collard earned three factors and a visit to the PFL playoffs with a break up resolution victory over Joilton Lutterbach. In an in depth combat, Bubba Jenkins gained a unanimous resolution over Bobby Moffett, to select up a fifth straight victory and safe his place in PFL playoffs. Brendan Loughnane clinched a spot within the PFL playoffs with a tough fought majority resolution over Tyler Diamond.
Loik Radzhabov set a PFL light-weight document for the quickest stoppage in division historical past with a 27-second first spherical knockout over Akhmed Aliev to earn six factors. With Olivier Aubin-Mercier’s unanimous resolution win over Marcin Held later within the night time, Radzhabov clinched a spot within the 2021 playoffs.
Within the first combat of the night time, Chris Wade defeated Arman Ospanov by second spherical knockout – the primary of his profession – to earn 5 factors and clinch his third straight PFL playoff look.
“What an exhilarating occasion to kick off the second half of the PFL Common Season, with 5 fighters clinching spots within the 2021 Playoffs and Claressa Shields placing an exclamation level on her MMA debut with a strong knockout,” mentioned Peter Murray, PFL CEO. “Tonight showcased depth that solely the Skilled Fighters League can ship with our distinctive true-season format, the place each athlete confronted a win-or-go-home state of affairs. I do know that our two remaining Common Season occasions will probably be spectacles delivering continuous pleasure, and I can’t wait to see our playoff subject be rounded out.”
“PFL 4 continued the momentum from the primary half of the Common Season as our lightweights and featherweights delivered an impressive occasion for the greater than 550 million MMA followers throughout the globe,” mentioned Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of the PFL. “Our fighters demonstrated the psychological and bodily expertise required to earn a spot within the PFL playoffs, and I can’t wait to see the Common Season finales for our welterweights and lightweight heavyweights subsequent week.”
In earlier motion, two-time PFL light-weight champion Natan Schulte bounced again from his first loss in 4 years to win a break up resolution over the beforehand undefeated Alexander Martinez. The outcome pushed Schulte’s Common Season level complete to a few, and he stays in rivalry to make the PFL playoffs. Sheymon Moraes stays in playoff rivalry following a second spherical submission over Jesse Stirn.
The remaining playoff spots within the light-weight and featherweight divisions will probably be decided following the end result of PFL 6 on Thursday, June 24.
The PFL returns to Ocean On line casino Resort subsequent Thursday, June 17 because the league’s welterweights and lightweight heavyweights make their remaining push for the 2021 PFL playoffs. After a dominating efficiency in his PFL debut, Rory MacDonald seems to proceed his momentum and solidify a spot within the PFL playoffs. In the meantime, 2019 PFL Gentle Heavyweight champion Emiliano Sordi presently sits in 4th place as he seems to separate himself from the pack and safe one other world title.
All PFL 2021 Season occasions are stay in primetime on ESPN networks and streaming platforms, in addition to on a large and numerous group of premier world distribution companion platforms reaching 160 nations world wide.