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The MMA Vivisection - PFL 2018 #10: PLAYOFFS picks, odds, & analysis

Victor Rodriguez, & Eddie Mercado return to breakdown this week’s PFL event in Washington, DC. With picks and odds for every bout on the card.

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The PFL (Professional Fighters League) returns this week for the 2018 Playoffs out of Washington, DC. It’s one of the last three cards of the year, which will decide the $1 million tournament champions for each weight class. This week’s PFL card promises to be full of action with fourteen fights on the card. We will have 4 Quarterfinals and 2 Semifinals in the Welterweight division, and 4 Quarterfinals and 2 Semifinals in the Middleweight division. Abus Magomedov ranked #1 vs. #8 Gasan Umalatov headlines. #1 Ray Cooper vs #8 Jake Shields highlights the co-main event. The organization’s format has dragged some stunningly entertaining performances out of fighters with their unique format, so hopefully this event can do the same, despite most tournament spots already sewn up.

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Here’s a look at this week’s PFL card, airing Saturday, October 20 on NBCSN at 9PM/6PM ETPT with online prelims airing on Facebook at 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT, via PFLmma.com:

NBCSN CARD

Middleweight Semifinal
Mogomedov/Umalatov Winner vs Santos/Sy Winner
Welterweight Semifinal
Cooper/Shields Winner vs Story/Ferriera Winner
Middleweight Semifinal
Taylor/Harris Winner vs Gamzatov/Howard Winner
Welterweight Semifinal
Nurmagomedov vs Velickovic Winner vs Magomedkerimov vs Kusch Winner

Middleweight Quarterfinal
1-Abus Magomedov vs 8-Gasan Umalatov
Welterweight Quarterfinal
1-Ray Cooper vs 8-Jake Shields
Middleweight Quarterfinal
4-Bruno Santos vs 5-Sadibou Sy
Welterweight Quarterfinal
4-Rick Story vs 5-Handesson Ferreira


ONLINE FB PRELIMS

Middleweight Quarterfinal
3-Shamil Gamzatov vs 6-John Howard
Welterweight Quarterfinal
3-Magomed MagomedKerimov vs 6-Pavlo Kusch
Middleweight Quarterfinal
2-Louis Taylor vs 7-Rex Harris
Welterweight Quarterfinal
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs 7-Bojan Velickovic

Middleweight Alternates
Eddie Gordon vs Artur Alibulatov

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