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PFL announces full fight card for first playoff event on August 13th

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Ray Cooper III and Rory MacDonald will fight on August 13th.

Rory MacDonald vs. Ray Cooper III poster.
PFL MMA returns with the playoffs on Aug. 13.
PFL MMA

The Professional Fighters League will return in just two weeks to kick off its 2021 postseason. Headlining the first show is a welterweight semifinal between Ray Cooper III and former UFC title challenger and ex-Bellator champ Rory MacDonald. Cooper won the 2019 tournament after losing in the 2018 final, and went 2-0 in the 2021 regular season.

Even though they won’t be part of the tournament, those who competed in the regular season like Natan Schulte and Gleison Tibau (who controversially beat MacDonald) will populate the preliminary card getting some cage time in. Schulte vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier is the featured prelim, and former UFC fighter Darrell Horcher will make his PFL debut against a TBD opponent.

This show and all of the other semifinal events will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.

Main Card (9 PM ET, ESPN2/ESPN+)

Ray Cooper III vs. Rory MacDonald

Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Joao Zeferino

Clay Collard vs. Raush Manfio

Loik Radzhabov vs. Alexander Martinez

Preliminary Card (5:30 PM ET, ESPN+)

Natan Schulte vs. Oliver Aubin-Mercier

Sadibou Sy vs. Gleison Tibau

Nikolai Aleksakhin vs. Brett Cooper

Darrell Horcher vs. TBA

Magomed Umalatov vs. Micah Terrill

Kyron Bowen vs. Michael Lombardo