PFL Playoffs 2019: Welterweight & Woman’s Lightweight Oct 11
The Professional Fighters League 2019 Playoffs make their way to Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV on Oct 11. The prelims kick off on ESPN+ at 5pm PT featuring controversial Dana White’s Contender series alumni Brendan Loughnane (17-3) vs Matt Wagy (13-6). Afterwards the main event begins on ESPN 2 at 7pm PT with the face of PFL Kayla Harrison (5-0) facing off against Genah Fabian (2-1) in the Woman’s Lightweight Semi final. Harrison has finished four of five opponents with her only decision victory coming against fellow semi-finalist Larissa Pacheco.
Pacheco (12-3) faces number one seed Sarah Kaufman (21-4) for a shot at PFL gold. Kaufman has enjoyed a four fight win streak with her last loss against UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. Pacheco has faced UFC champions as well in Germaine de Randamie and Jessica Andrade.
First into the cage is Sadibou Sy (8-5) taking on Ray Cooper III (18-7). Sy has been on a run of inconsistency alternating wins and losses. Sy hasn’t enjoyed back to back wins 2016 and there was over a year in between those wins. If the current pattern holds any supernatural sway over the result, Cooper could be looking at a loss.
Cooper however is a much more consistent winner, boasting two TKO victories over Jake Shields in his four fight win streak on his way to last year’s final. He lost the championship bout against Magomed Magomedkerimov to a second round submission.
Magomed Magomedkerimov (25-5) faces off against Chris Curtis (21-6) in a rematch following their first encounter in Atlantic City, NJ back in July 2019. Magomedkerimov would grind his way to a unanimous decision victory over Curtis on his way to the number two playoff seed. Curtis was surging until he met Magodmedkerimov who abruptly stopped his win streak at eight in a row.
Also currently on eight wins in a row is Brasil’s Glaico Franca (21-5) who takes on Portugal’s Andre Fialho (10-2). Franca has been riding high with seven of eight finishes since his last loss back in 2016 against the currently undefeated UFC darling in the making Gregor Gillespie (13-0).
The final Welterweight Quarter final match up features Josh Howard (28-15-1) facing off against David Michaud (16-5). Veteran of two separate stints in the UFC, Howard will be relying on his vast experience to see him advance into the tournament’s next round. Michaud has several UFC fights to his name as well and will be looking to for back to back finishes after his recent first round finish of Handesson Ferreira in PFL. Prior to getting caught by Sadibou Sy at 0:17 in the first round, Michaud was enjoying a streak of four straight finishes.