16 Fighters – Eight Featherweights & Eight Heavyweights – Face Off in PFL Quarterfinal & Semifinal Action
Featherweight Andre Harrison Puts his Undefeated Record on the Line Against Alexandre Bezerra
Kelvin Tiller Meets Jared Rosholt in Featured Heavyweight Rematch
Todd Harris Calls the Action, Joined by Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Yves Edwards, & Reporter Caroline Pearce
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 4, 2018 – The $10 Million Professional Fighters League playoffs begin tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 5, live at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Heavyweights and featherweights will be in action on Friday as fighters compete in quarterfinal and semifinal bouts on the same night. By the end of the night, each division will be down to two fighters who will compete in a $1 million championship fight live from Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve.
Tomorrow night’s show marks the first of three consecutive weeks of primetime PFL playoff action, with the lightweights and light heavyweights competing on Saturday, Oct. 13 (9 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and welterweights and middleweights squaring off on Saturday, Oct. 20 (9 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
Fighters in contention for the semifinal round on NBCSN tomorrow night include No. 3-seed, undefeated featherweight Andre Harrison (19-0-0, 2-0-0 PFL), who takes on No. 6-seed Alexandre Bezerra (22-5-0, 1-0-0 PFL). Harrison, who looks to maintain his perfect record, has won four straight fights by decision, and beat Bezerra in their last meeting in September 2016. Bezerra enters the playoffs having won seven of his nine last fights, including a first round knockout of Magomed Idrisov.
On the heavyweight side, No. 2-seed Kelvin Tiller (10-1-0, 2-0-0 PFL) faces No.7-seed Jared Rosholt (16-5-0, 1-1-0 PFL) in a rematch from PFL 4, where Tiller took home a surprise submission victory to continue his four fight win-streak. NBCSN will televise the final two quarterfinal bouts and all of the semifinal bouts.
Additional quarterfinal bouts include:
No. 1 Steven Siler (31-17-0, 2-0-0 PFL) vs. No. 8 Nazareno Malegarie (29-5-0, 1-1-0 PFL)
No. 4 Juma Tuerxun (20-8-1, 0-2-0 PFL) vs. No. 5 Alexandre Almeida (19-8-0, 1-1-0 PFL)
No. 2 Lance Palmer (14-3-0, 2-0-0 PFL) vs. No. 7 Max Coga (20-5-0, 1-1-0 PFL)
No. 1 Francimar Barroso (21-7-0, 2-0-0 PFL) vs. No. 8 Josh Copeland (17-5-0, 1-1-0 PFL)
No. 4 Jack May (10-4-0, 1-1-0 PFL) vs. No. 5 Alex Nicholson (12-6-0, 1-1-0 PFL)
No. 3 Philipe Lins (11-3-0, 2-0-0 PFL) vs. No. 6 Caio Alencar (12-3-0, 1-1-0 PFL)
Todd Harris calls the action, joined by MMA Hall of Famers and analysts Randy Couture and Bas Rutten, alongside Yves Edwards and reporter Caroline Pearce.
The Professional Fighters League features a regular season, playoffs, and championship, and individual fighters compete in a win-and-advance postseason format. The 2018 PFL season consists of seven regular-season events, a bracket-style playoff, and a $10 million postseason prize pool. The top eight fighters in each of the six different weight classes advance to the playoffs, with one fighter in each division earning $1 million and the title of true champion.
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