PFL 7: Rama vs. Abdallah Results and Recap

Smealinho Rama will headline PFL 7
Smealinho Rama Credit: Jacob Bos/

The playoffs were once again on the line at PFL 7, as the final event of the Professional Fighters League season got underway in Atlantic City on Thursday night.

The final event of the PFL’s regular season took place Thursday in Atlantic City, NJ. With former WSOF heavyweight champ Smealinho Rama facing Jamie Abdallah in 205lb action, the main event promised fireworks. As did the light heavyweight co-main event, which saw Bazigit Atejev take on Sean O’Connell.

One key bout, however, did not make it to Fight Night. Jason High, who went 0-2 during the regular season with two technical submission losses, was granted a third chance to make the playoffs. However the lightweight failed to make weight for his bout against Johnny Case, sending Case through to the next round by default.

Check back come fight time for results and highlights from PFL 7!

Caio Alencar vs. Mike Kyle

A left hand by Kyle clipped and dropped Alencar in the first minute of this heavyweight bout. Kyle, however, let Alencar up after he threatened with upkicks. That allowed Alencar to secure a takedown of his own, getting on top, and mounting. Kyle nearly managed to scramble free, and at least managed to get Alencar back in guard. Another scramble, however, and Alencar was briefly back in mount, and again threatening with ground and pound. A head and arm triangle choke followed. It was in for a while, but somehow he survived, only to wind up with Alencar again in mount. Alencar then tried yet another choke only for Kyle to reverse and get on top.

After Kyle threatened with his hands to open the second round, Alencar again took the smaller man to the ground. This time he wound up reversed with Kyle in half guard. Kyle couldn’t get much done on the feet, and stood the up – which led to a messy restart with the ref breaking them up and restarting again. Kyle then opted to clinch and drag Alencar down, but the bigger man landed on top. They’d then go to a third round.

Both men were exhausted to start the third, winging punches that didn’t have enough on them to finish. Alencar then got the fight down again, but he had no more energy there than he did standing up. With little action the ref took a good look, considering a standup, but it didn’t come. Instead they went to the bell, and based on the heavyweight rankings, no matter who won, neither man would go to the post season.

Caio Alencar def. Mike Kyle by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Paul Bradley vs. Anderson Ferreira

Anderson Ferreira swarmed right off the opening bell, and this welterweight contest was over before Paul Bradley knew what hit him. Bradley was swarmed with punches and down. Ferreira Went with a kick to the liver, with some follow-up hooks. As Bradley went down he covered up but Ferreira was on him, Bradly on his knees, with punch after punch.

Anderson Ferreira def. Paul Bradley by TKO, Round 1, 0:20

Alexandre Bezerra vs. Magomed Idrisov

The opening round of the main card’s middle bout (at featherweight) saw Bezerra moving forward consistently. Idrisov has on his horse, circling out of the way. Bezerra would ultimately stalk him down and clip him with a bunch. Idrisov ate that well. He did not, however, eat the flying knee that came later in the round well. At all. With Idrisov backed up against the cage, Bezerra unleashed the knee that connected right on the chin of his opponent. Idrisov had been dropping to change levels, and was out instantly.

Alexandre Bezerra def. Magomed Idrisov by KO (flying knee), Round 1, 3:24

Bazigit Atajev vs. Sean O’Connell

Sean O’Connell was already in the playoffs, but looking to shoot up the rankings at PFL 7. After eating a couple jabs, he went to the body with a kick. O’Connell was then floored by a left hand! He spun around, and grabbed on to a leg, trying desperately to recover. Avoiding a knee to the head on the way up, he made it back to his feet, though bloodied. The pair were then trading in close. O’Connell was rocked again, and narrowly avoided a high kick. They’d tie up along the fence for a bit, but as the action got underway, the ref brought the doctor in to check out the cut on O’Connell. They were allowed to continue, and a spinning back kick to the body took the fight out of O’Connell. He tried to push through it the dropped down, with the ref quickly coming in to make the save.

Bazigit Atajev def. Sean O’Connell by TKO, Round 1, 3:30

Smealinho Rama vs. Jamie Abdallah

The main event needed a second round stoppage for either man to make it to the post season. Rama Landed a right early then connected with a high kick. Abdallah managed those well and tied the action up, only for Rama to take control. Rama, however, was bloodied, but coming off the break landed a straight left. The pair were both firing some heavy hots by the ninety second mark, clearly aware of the need for a finish. A cross set up by a jab landed for Rama next. Rama’s long arms were allowing him to connect, but slip away from the counters of Abdallah. Rama continued to get the better of the exchanges as the round hit the final minute, but neither would get the finish, and they’d go to the second.

A slip by Abdallah saw Rama looking for a guillotine, but it didn’t last. Lucky for Rama, however, he was able to get back to his feet without being stuck on bottom long. Rama then continued to pursue a different approach, taking the back of Abdallah, flattening him out, but Abdallah managed to turn over. Rama was looking for a choke, but the canvas and his opponent was gushing blood from ground n’ pound and far too slick. They got back to the feet with two minutes remaining. Rama would get Abdallah back down and try for a rear-naked choke only for Abdallah to get back up and land a number of standing knees and even a jumping knee to end the round! Bloody, violent action – but with no finish by the end of the round, neither man would make the playoffs. Not for lack of effort.

However, before the third could start, the doctor ruled Abdallah unfit to continue! As the bell never rang, the fight was ruled over in round two, and Smealinho Rama made the playoffs after all!

Smealinho Rama def. Jamie Abdallah by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 2, 5:00

PFL 7: Rama vs. Abdallah Results:

Smealinho Rama def. Jamie Abdallah by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 2, 5:00
Bazigit Atajev def. Sean O’Connell by TKO, Round 1, 3:30
Alexandre Bezerra def. Magomed Idrisov by KO (flying knee), Round 1, 3:24
Anderson Ferreira def. Paul Bradley by TKO, Round 1, 0:20
Caio Alencar def. Mike Kyle by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary card (Facebook Watch)

Sadibou Sy def. Caio Magalhães by knockout, Round 1, 2:06
Emiliano Sordi def. Jason Butcher by knockout, Round 1, 0:16
Umar Nurmagomedov def. Saidyokub Kakharamonov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ramazan Kuramagomedov def. Robert Hale by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mo De’Reese def. Leroy Johnson by knockout, Round 1