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The MMA Vivisection - PFL 2018 #11: Championships picks & analysis

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Zane Simon & Victor Rodriguez break down the upcoming NYE finals of the 2018 season for the Professional Fighters League. With pick and analysis for all 6 title fights on the card.

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While the UFC and RIZIN are the dominant MMA stories headed into the end of 2018, the Professional Fighters League is quietly putting the finishing touches on what has largely been a highly entertaining inaugural season of their new tournament format. To cap the whole thing off, they’ve got 6 title fights featuring a variety of UFC vets - Vinny Magalhaes, Sean O’Connell, Rashid Magomedov, Steven Siler, Josh Copeland - and a few home grown talents hoping to make a bigger mark on the MMA landscape.

Ray Cooper III has been the breakout star this year for PFL, with Natan Schulte and Abusupiyan Magomedov likewise putting together some surprising wins. Add notable talents like Lance Palmer and Kayla Harrison to the mix and every fight should have something worth seeing.

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The entire thing will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 7PM Eastern & 4PM Pacific on December 31st. Here’s the card as it stands right now:

NBCSN CARD
Ray Cooper III vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov
Josh Copeland vs. Philipe Lins
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Sean O’Connell
Kayla Harrison vs. Moriel Charneski
Natan Schulte vs. Rashid Magomedov
Steven Siler vs. Lance Palmer
Louis Taylor vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov