Next month will mark the start of the Professional Fighters League postseason for 2021. One big change from last year is that there aren’t two fights to win on one night. Instead you’ll get semifinal action across six weight classes (with the standard three 5-minute rounds), with all of the winners slated to fight for the $1 million prize at the end of the year.
The action begins on August 13th with the welterweights and lightweights, and no doubt the Ray Cooper III vs. Rory MacDonald will be one of the more anticipated fights of the whole postseason. Kayla Harrison and Larissa Pacheco may be on a collision course for a trilogy when they have their respective semis on August 19th — Claressa Shields is also scheduled to compete in a non-tournament bout.
The semifinals wrap up on August 27th with the featherweights and light heavyweights. Brendan Loughnane could go from rejected on Dana White’s Contender Series to a $1 million winner by the end of the year.
Here’s the full lineup of bouts along with the dates and networks. All of the events will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.
PFL Playoffs 1 Card (ESPN2/ESPN+) - August 13th
Ray Cooper III vs. Rory MacDonald - Welterweight semifinals
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Joao Zeferino - Welterweight semifinals
Clay Collard vs. Raush Manfio - Lightweight semifinals
Loik Radzhabov vs. Alexander Martinez - Lightweight semifinals
PFL Playoffs 2 Card (ESPN/ESPN+) - August 19th
Kayla Harrison vs. Genah Fabian - Women’s Lightweight semifinals
Larissa Pacheco vs. Taylor Guardado - Women’s Lightweight semifinals
Bruno Cappelozza vs. Jamelle Jones - Heavyweight semifinals
Denis Goltsov vs. Ante Delija - Heavyweight semifinals
PFL Playoffs 3 Card (ESPN2/ESPN+) - August 27th
Brendan Loughnane vs. Movlid Khaybulaev - Featherweight semifinals
Chris Wade vs. Bubba Jenkins - Featherweight semifinals
Emiliano Sordi vs. Antonio Carlos Junior - Light Heavyweight semifinals
Cezar Ferreira vs. Marthin Hamlet - Light Heavyweight semifinals