PFL announced their slate of playoff cards beginning on Aug. 13 with the welterweight and lightweight semifinals headlined by Rory MacDonald vs. Ray Cooper III.
MacDonald is coming off a split-decision loss to Gleison Tibau. Even with the loss on his record MacDonald already had enough points for the #2 seed in the tournament with his win over Curtis Millender.
Cooper III, former PFL champion from 2019, enters the bout 2-0 in the regular season earning enough points for the #3 seed. A weight miss against Nikolai Aleksakhin made it impossible to skip over MacDonald in seeding.
Also on Aug.13 the second half of the bracket will face off as #1 Joao Zeferino takes on #4 Magomed Magomedkerimov.
Zeferino secured two wins in the regular season to secure the #1 seed as he faces 2018 PFL champion Magomedkerimov who had one win in the regular season over Millender in June.
The lightweights on the card include Clay Collard vs. Raush Manfio and Alexander Martinez vs. 2019 runner-up Loik Radzhabov.
On Aug.19 Kayla Harrison enters the PFL tournament by taking on Genah Fabian. The other bout in the women’s lightweight division sees Larissa Pacheco vs. Taylor Guardado. The heavyweight semifinals are also on the card with Bruno Cappelozza vs. Jamelle Jones and Denis Goltson taking on Ante Delija.
Then on Aug.27 the featherweight and light heavyweight divisions decide on their final matchups. Brendan Loughnane and Movlid Khaybulaev will fight for a spot in the 145-pound final to face the winner of Chris Wade and Bubba Jenkins. At light heavyweight 2019 PFL champion Emiliano Sordi takes on Antonio Carlos Jr. and Cesar Ferreira fights Marthin Hamlet.
The winners will advance to the finals which will be announced later this year for a chance to win $1 million.
PFL Playoffs 1: Aug.13 on ESPN 2
Welterweight Semis -Rory MacDonald vs. Ray Cooper III
Welterweight Semis – Joao Zeferino vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov
Lightweight Semis – Raush Manfio vs. Clay Collard
Lightweight Semis – Alexander Martinez vs. Loik Radzhabov
PFL Playoffs 2: Aug.19 on ESPN
Women’s Lightweight Semis – Kayla Harrison vs. Genah Fabian
Women’s Lightweight Semis – Larissa Pacheco vs. Taylor Guardado
Heavyweight Semis – Bruno Cappelozza vs. Jamelle Jones
Heavyweight Semis – Denis Goltsov vs. Ante Delija
PFL Playoffs 3: Aug.27 on ESPN 2
Featherweight Semis – Brendan Loughnane vs. Movlid Khaybulaev
Featherweight Semis – Chris Wade vs. Bubba Jenkins
Light-heavyweight Semis – Emiliano Sordi vs. Antonio Carlos Jr.
Light-heavyweight Semis – Cezar Ferreira vs. Marthin Hamlet