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PFL 2019: Light heavyweight and heavyweight playoffs results and discussion

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Watch and discuss the welterweight and women’s lightweight tournaments for the Professional Fighters League, starting at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT on Thursday, October 31st.


Tonight (Thursday, October 31st) from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas sees the heavyweights and lightweights take center stage, as we’ve reached the playoff portion of season 2 of the Professional Fighters League.

Barring injury replacement, fighters have to win twice in one night in order to make the $1 million tournament final on New Year’s Eve. The top seed at light heavyweight is Emiliano Sordi, who will take on Sigi Pasaeli in the quarterfinals. At heavyweight, Denis Golstov is the #1 seed and he’ll face Satoshi Ishii in his quarterfinal.

As a reminder, the quarterfinal tiebreakers are no longer based on who won round one. There’s a much more sensible process this time around.

You can watch tonight’s PFL card at 5 PM ET on ESPN+, with main card action starting on ESPN2 at 8 PM ET. International viewers can look here to find their ways to watch.

Here’s the fight lineup:

Main Card (8 PM ET, ESPN2)

Ali Isaev def. Denis Goltsov via TKO (punches) at 4:59 of round 3 - Heavyweight semifinals

Jared Rosholt def. Kelvin Tiller* via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - Heavyweight semifinals - Barroso was unable to compete in the semifinals, and Nicholson couldn’t compete either. Tiller was chosen to face Rosholt.

Emiliano Sordi def. Bozigit Ataev via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:26 of round 1 - Light heavyweight semifinals

Jordan Johnson def. Rashid Yusupov via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) - Light heavyweight semifinals

Francimar Barroso def. Alex Nicholson via unanimous decision (20-17, 19-18, 19-18) - Heavyweight quarterfinals

Denis Goltsov def. Satoshi Ishii via majority decision (19-19, 20-18, 20-18)- Heavyweight quarterfinals

Preliminary Card (5 PM ET, ESPN+)

Jared Rosholt def. Muhammed Dereese via TKO (strikes) at 3:41 of round 1 - Heavyweight quarterfinals

Ali Isaev def. Kelvin Tiller via unanimous decision (20-16, 20-17, 20-17) - Heavyweight quarterfinals

Rashid Yusupov def. Vinny Magalhaes via KO (punches) at 2:46 of round 1 - Light heavyweight quarterfinals

Jordan Johnson vs. Maxim Grishin ends in a draw (Johnson advances on judges decision) - Light heavyweight quarterfinals

Bozigit Ataev vs. Viktor Nemkov ends in a draw (Ataev advances on judges decision) - Light heavyweight quarterfinals

Emiliano Sordi def. Sigi Pesaleli via TKO (punches) at 1:13 of round 1 - Light heavyweight quarterfinals