Tonight (Friday, October 11th) from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas sees, the welterweights and women’s lightweights take center stage, as we’ve reached the playoff portion of season 2 of the Professional Fighters League.
The welterweights will have to fight twice in one night, with winners of the quarterfinals needing to win again in the semifinals to reach the $1 million tournament final. Glaico Franca is the tournament #1 seed at welterweight, while last season’s champion Ray Cooper III is the #6 seed.
As for the women’s lightweights, it’s just four competitors, with Kayla Harrison taking on late replacement Bobbi Jo Dalziel. The winner of that bout will take on the winner of Sarah Kaufman vs. Larissa Pacheco, and expectation is that we’ll get Harrison vs. Kaufman in the final.
One important thing to note for the quarterfinal tiebreakers is no longer based on who won round one. There’s a much more sensible process this time around.
PFL quarterfinal tiebreaker significant rule change for this year: If fight is a draw after 2 rounds, judges then pick a winner based on overall fight performance. Last year, 1st-round winner advanced. Read the tiebreaker rules in below screenshot. pic.twitter.com/9SuDZMt14H
— Mark La Monica (@LaMonicaMark) October 11, 2019
You can watch tonight’s PFL card at 8 PM ET on ESPN+, with main card action starting on ESPN2 at 10 PM ET. International viewers can look here to find their ways to watch.
Here’s the fight lineup:
Main Card (10 PM ET, ESPN2)
Franca/Fialho winner vs. Howard/Michaud winner
Magomedkerimov/Curtis winner vs. Sy/Cooper III winner
Kayla Harrison vs. Bobbi Jo Dalziel – Women’s lightweight semifinal
Sarah Kaufman vs. Larissa Pacheco – Women’s lightweight semifinal
John Howard vs. David Michaud – Welterweight quarterfinal
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Chris Curtis – Welterweight quarterfinal
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, ESPN+)
Glaico Franca vs. Andre Fialho – Welterweight quarterfinal
Sadibou Sy vs. Ray Cooper III – Welterweight quarterfinal
Nikolay Aleksakhin vs. Jesse Ronson – Welterweight tournament alternate
Brendan Loughnane vs. Matt Wagy – Featherweight
PFL 2019 #7 starts Friday night with the prelims at 8:00pm EST on ESPN+, with the main card moving to ESPN 2 at 10 PM ET.