The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, is set for its first Playoff event this Friday, August 13 on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+. Fighters across the welterweight and lightweight divisions will look to make it out of the final four and move one step closer to becoming a PFL champion and capturing $1 million in prize money.
PFL 7 begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) then the action continues on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) at 9 p.m. ET.
Welterweight division leaders Rory MacDonald and Ray Cooper III, two of the best welterweight fighters in the world, will battle in the highly anticipated main event. Magomed Magomedkerimov comes in as the four seed in the division and will look to follow up on his 2018 PFL welterweight championship when he takes on Sadibou Sy.
The lightweight division will see the one seed and 2019 PFL lightweight runner-up Loik Radzhabov match up with the four seed, Alexander Martinez, who will make his PFL Playoff debut. Not to be overlooked is the matchup between boxing crossover sensation Clay Collard who will take on Raush Manfio. Collard and Manfio come into the playoffs as the respective two and three seeds in the division.
In the playoffs, fighters compete to punch their ticket to the 2021 PFL world championship, the biggest night in MMA – 6 title fights in one night, the winner of each earns $1 million. 60 fighters started the season – only 24 remain in the hunt for the championship.
Calling the live action will be play-by-play announcer and former world champion, Sean O’Connell. He’ll be joined by Hall of Famer and MMA legend Randy Couture and one of the most popular MMA personalities today, Kenny Florian.
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes Card
Rory MacDonald vs. Ray Cooper III
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Sadibou Sy
Clay Collard vs. Raush Manfio
Loik Radzhabov vs. Alexander Martinez
Gleison Tibau vs. Micah Terrill
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Darrell Horcher
Brett Cooper vs. Tyler Hill
Magomed Umalatov vs. Leandro Silva
Kyron Bowen vs. Michael Lombardo
Hopeton Stewart vs. Elvin Espinoza