Skilled Fighters League finals are actually set after tonight’s
PFL 7 occasion.
The primary occasion noticed PFL’s prized signee Rory
MacDonald go up towards promotional mainstay and 2019
welterweight division winner Ray Cooper
III. With a spot within the finals on the road, MacDonald (22-8-1)
got here out seeking to grapple. Nonetheless, it was Cooper III (23-7-1)
that wound up taking down “Pink King” and locking in an arm-triangle
choke earlier than the spherical expired. The second and third spherical was extra
of the identical as MacDonald had nothing for Cooper III’s wrestling.
All three judges scored the battle 30-27 for Cooper III.
The co-main occasion was one other welterweight semifinal that noticed No. 4
Magomedkerimov confronted alternate Sadibou Sy.
Magomedkerimov (28-5) confirmed off his superior grappling early as he
took down Sy (9-6-2, 1 NC) after which managed the whole spherical
whereas on prime. The second body featured extra motion on the toes,
however ended on the bottom with the Russian on prime. After a largely
uneventful Spherical 3, Magomedkerimov took a unanimous determination with
scores of 30-27 throughout the board. With the victory, Magomedkerimov
will now face Cooper III in a rematch of the 2018 welterweight
finals that noticed the Russian win.
The primary PFL light-weight semifinal bout noticed No. 1 seed Loik
Radzhabov face fourth-ranked Alex
Martinez. The battle went all three rounds with Radzhabov
(15-3-1) typically controlling the motion on the toes and touchdown
extra damaging strikes than Martinez (8-2, 1 NC). All three judges
agreed as Radzhabov was given the nod with scorecards of 30-27,
30-27 and 29-28. With the win, “Jaguar Paw” avenges a break up
determination loss to Martinez earlier this yr.
Within the light-weight finals, Radzhabov will face No. 3 seed Raush
Manfio, who was capable of defeat Clay
Collard. This was one other bout largely contested on the toes
with Collard (20-9, 1 NC) being the busier fighter and displaying his
professional boxing expertise. Nonetheless, Manfio (14-3) was capable of land the
tougher pictures and was the brisker fighter in Spherical 3. Ultimately,
the battle got here right down to how the second body was scored and the
judges finally most well-liked the work of Manfio, who earned a
unanimous determination on a trio of 29-28 playing cards.
In preliminary motion, Gleison
Tibau (37-15) picked up
a powerful arm-triangle choke win over Micah
Terrill (15-10, 1 NC) in simply 2:17 of motion; Olivier
Aubin-Mercier (13-5) picked up a hard-fought determination win over
Horcher (14-5) with scores of 29-28, 30-26 and 29-27; Brett
Cooper (28-15) knocked out Tyler Hill
a barrage of highly effective punches on the 2:32 mark of Spherical 1;
Umalatov (11-0) picked up a unanimous determination over Leandro
Silva (25-10-1, 1 NC) with a trio of 29-28 scorecards in his
Lombardo (12-2, 1 NC) picked up a TKO win by way of
devastating calf kicks over Kyron Bowen
(9-7); and Elvin
Espinoza (6-0) choked out Hopeton
Stewart (5-2) with
a rear-naked choke at 2:45 of Spherical 1.