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The PFL’s next trip to New Jersey is finalized with a five-bout main card.
Headlining the event is a light heavyweight bout between Smealinho Rama and Jamie Abdallah, who both look to rebound from recent losses under the PFL banner.
PFL 7 takes place Aug. 30 at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The event’s main card airs live on NBCSN following prelims on Facebook Live.
Rama (10-4) returns to the PFL cage after a setback in his first fight in the regular season, which was a TKO loss to Brandon Halsey when the fight was stopped after two rounds. Despite that loss, Rama can still earn a spot in the playoffs, particularly if he nets a finish.
Abdallah (7-2) also needs a strong showing to get his shot at the $1 million tournament payout after a first-round submission loss to Vinny Magalhaes.
Ray Cooper III quickly became a welterweight favorite last week with his 18 second, first-round knockout of Pavlo Kush at PFL 6 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Prior to that, he was an underdog at PFL 3 when he finished Jake Shields in Washington D.C. His focus and tenacity have carried him into the playoffs and after the last event, Cooper reiterated what motivates him to compete and why he loves fighting for the PFL.
Cooper told media after his recent win that he thinks the PFL is more professional and likes the way winners advance in their format, he likened it to collegiate wrestling. “I think they’re more professional than the UFC,” Cooper said. He added “I think they’re getting too focused on entertainment too much entertainment we are more sport driven and the tournament style is like how collegiate wrestling is. You win, you advance you lose you go home.”
Immediately following Kayla Harrison’s first MMA fight in June, it was difficult not to mention the Ronda Rousey comparison. The result, after all, was a first-round armbar.
But following her second pro fight — a third-round TKO against lightweight Jozette Cotton last weekend at PFL 6 in Atlantic City — that comparison isn’t as evident. If anything, there’s now a stark difference between Harrison and Rousey to point out.
Two fights into her MMA career, Harrison has accumulated 14:42 of cage experience. It took Rousey 11 fights (amateur and pro), spanning more than three years, to log the same amount of time.
“Initially, I was disappointed, but I got over it pretty quick,” said Harrison, on her sophomore MMA contest. “If I don’t win in dominant fashion instantly, I’m not happy. But I talked to my coaches and my boyfriend [UFC welterweight Tony Martin] and realized I got a lot of good experience.
The Professional Fighters League, a fledgling mixed martial arts organization that made its first appearance in the District last month, is set to come back in the fall for a portion of its postseason, the PFL and Events DC announced Friday.
The PFL semifinals are to be held Oct. 20 at the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on track to open in September in Congress Heights on the campus of the former St. Elizabeths Hospital.
“We are excited to be bringing our unique brand of MMA back to the Washington, D.C., area,” PFL chief executive Peter Murray said in a statement. “It has been a monumental first regular season for the PFL, and we are intent on continuing to elevate our brand through strong partners like Events DC. It is truly an honor to be able to bring a global property like the PFL to a beautiful new venue like the Entertainment and Sports Arena.”
Returning to Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the first time since WSOF 5 in 2013, Professional Fighters League brought the second stage of the opening round of the welterweight and middleweight tournaments. The event featured the quickest win in World Series of Fighting/PFL history, the incredibly rare occasion where no betting underdog scored an upset and a team that dominated the entire night.
TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR: Following PFL 6, four welterweights (Herman Terrado, Yuri Villefort, Jonatan Westin and Carlton Minus) and three middleweights (Anderson Goncalves, Eddie Gordon and Andre Lobato) were eliminated from their respective PFL tournaments.
ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN: All 11 fighters that closed as betting favorites in their respective bouts won at PFL 6, with the bout between Jake Shields and Herman Terrado closing as a pick-em with virtually even odds.
KHABIB TIME: Every fighter cornered by Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov prevailed at PFL 6: Magomed Magomedkerimov, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Abusupiyan Magomedov, Shamil Gamzatov and Gasan Umalatov.
Joao Zeferino won at PFL 6 and with the action leading up to the submission that won him the fight it did not seem like anything was wrong. Little did fans know, he was not fighting at his full potential in Atlantic City, New Jersey Thursday night.
Zeferino took it Yuri Villefort for three rounds and finished him with a rear naked choke to secure the win and the points to advance to the playoffs. Afterward, Zeferino confessed that he did not feel completely healthy going into his fight in Ovation Hall.
“Sick since Monday night,” Zeferino said to the media. He said after his first workout things went downhill after a few hours when he took some time to rest. While the fever he said he had may have helped with his weight cut, it took its toll coming into the fight. However, Zeferino did not say anything to anyone outside of his manager as he believes perseverance to move forward is what makes a champion.
The sixth week of PFL’s 2018 season just ended with Ray Cooper III smoking Pavel Kusch in a brief 18 seconds to win six points, giving him eleven points total. The co-main event saw Magomed Magomedkerimov and Bojan Velickovic went back and forth for the full fifteen minutes. When it was all said and done, it was Magomedkerimov who walked away with the unanimous nod, adding three points to the leaderboard to make a total of nine on the season. Despite the loss, Velickovic still has five points on the board.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Judoka Kayla Harrison dominated Jozette Cotton on the ground for two rounds, before sniffing out a TKO in the third. Bring on the Ronda Rousey comparisons! Also on the card, Abubakar Nurmagomedov picked up a grinding decision win over Jonatan Westin to get himself three points on the board. Opening up the main card, Joao Zeferino picked up another finish when he choked out Yuri Villefort in the third round of their welterweight bout. Zeferino earned himself four points for a total of ten points on the season.
The 25-year-old Hawaiian was hard-pressed to top his impressive finish of veteran Jake Shields that happened just a month ago, but Cooper (15-5) did just that with an 18-second TKO of Pavlo Kusch (23-6) in the welterweight main event of PFL 6 on Thursday at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Cooper came out swinging from the opening bell and Kusch had no answer. He was backed up against the cage and overwhelmed by Cooper’s punching power, leaving referee Keith Peterson with no choice but to step in for the stoppage.
With the win, Cooper added six points to bring his season total to 11 and he will enter the PFL postseason as the No. 1 seed at 170 pounds.
Gasan Umalatov vs. Eddie Gordon (Middleweight Bout)
The two touch gloves and Gordon lands first with an outside leg kick. Umalatov responds with a leg kic of his own. Gordon pressuring Umalatov. Umalatov delivers an outside leg kick. Gordon misses with a combination. He lands a right hand. They exchange right hands and Umalatov clinches. Gordon pushes him away and they’re back at distance. Gordon inches forward and lands two leg kicks. Umalatov goes to the body with a right hand. Umalatov lands a hard leg kick. Umalatov lands a right hand and circles away. Gordon continues to press forward. He paws with his jab. Gordan lands a leg kick and Umalatov responds with a right hand to the body. Gordon steps in with a leg kick. Umalatov looks for a takedown. Gordon stuffs the attempt. Umalatov picks up the pace and throws a spinning kick. He lands two leg kicks. The round ends.
Gordon’s corner advised him to be more aggressive in the second frame. Gordon pressures Umalatov. They exchange and Umalatov lands a counter left hand. Gordon responds with a leg kick. Gordon continues to press forward. Umalatov catches a kick and fires off a leg kick. Gordon lands a right hand. Umalatov delivers a hard outside leg kick. They exchange with both landing right hand. Gordon’s corner tells him to pick up the pace. Gordon lands a right hand. Umalatov lands an inside leg kick. Gordon goes to the body with a right hand. Umalatov lands a left hook. Umalatov lands a kick to the leg followed by one to the body. Umalatov lands two leg kicks. Gordon misses with a counter. Gordon initiates the clinch and they quickly separate. The round ends.
Gordon presses forward and lands a kick to the body. Umalatov secures a takedown but can’t keep Gordon grounded. Gordon gets to his feet and they separate. Umalatov lands to the body with a left hand. He lands an inside leg kick. Umalatov steps in with a right hand. He goes to the body with a right hand. Gordon lands a counter left hand. Gordon changes levels and looks for a takedown. Umalatov defends the attempt and circles away. Umalatov lands a right hand. He digs to the body with a right hand. Gordon responds with a leg kick. Umalatov catches and kick and takes Gordon down. Gordon immediately gets back to his feet. Gordon continues to press forward but not landing. Umalatov moves just out of the way of Gordon’s jab and lands a right hand to the body. Umalatov lands a left kick. The round ends.
Official result: Gasan Umalatov def. Eddie Gordon by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 0-27)
Louis Taylor vs. Andre Lobato (Middleweight Bout)
Lobato lands a kick to the body. He applies a guillotine choke and pulls guard. Taylor gets his head free and moves to half guard. Lobato moves to a butterfly guard. Taylor delivers short right hands to the body. Taylor postures up and lands right hands. Lobato isolates and leg and Taylor scrambles to his feet. Lobato kicks a leg out and works to take Taylor’s back. Taylor stands and takes Lobato down. Lobato scrambles back to his feet and presses Taylor against the cage. Taylor secures another takedown and lands right hands to the body and head. Lobato delivers punches to the body off his back. Taylor stands over Lobato. He jumps back in with a left hand. Lobato uses the cage to stand but is quickly taken back down. The round ends with Taylor on top.
They exchange and Taylor initiates the clinch. He takes Lobato down and moves to half guard. Taylor delivers shoulder strikes followed by short left hands. Lobato looks to isolate a leg but Taylor stands up and gets his leg free. Taylor leaps in with a right hand. Taylor lands to the body and head. Lobato uses the fence to stand and they separate. Taylor lands a right hand. Lobato secures a takedown but Taylor gets reverses him. Taylor lands an accidental knee to the groin along the cage. Lobato is given time to recover and the fight is restarted. Taylor presses forward and lands a kick to the body. Lobato looks for a takedown. Taylor shakes off the attempt and they separate. Lobato presses forward with a combination. Taylor lands two hard leg kicks. The round ends with Lobato missing with a left hand.
Lobato takes the center of the cage. He lands a kick to the body. Taylor responds with a kick of his own. Taylor lands his jab and trips Lobato to the ground. He lands in half guard and delivers short right hands to the head of Lobato. Taylor staying active on top landing to the body and head. Lobato goes to a butterfly guard but Taylor stays heavy on top. He stands and dives back into Lobato’s guard. Lobato works his way back to his feet. He misses with knee on the break. Taylor lands his jab. He partially lands a kick to Lobato’s head. Taylor goes to the body with a right hand. Taylor jumps in with a knee and follows with a left hook. Taylor secures a takedown in the closing seconds.
Official result: Louis Taylor def. Andre Lobato by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Rex Harris (Middleweight Bout)
They exchange leg kicks. Gamzatov steps in with a jab. Harris responds with a leg kick. Gamzatov lands his jab. Harris misses on a counter. They exchange leg kicks. Gamzatov lands a right hand and then a left to the body. They clinch. Gamzatov lands two knees followed by a big right hand on the break. Harris lands a leg kick followed by a combination. They clinch. Gamzatov delivers knees to the legs of Harris before separating. Gamzatov starts to check Harris’ leg kicks. Harris presses forward but comes up short on his punches. Gamzatov goes to the body with a right hand. Gamzatov lands a stiff jab. Harris responds with a leg kick but gets hit with a straight left. Harris lands two leg kicks. The round ends.
Harris lands an outside leg kick. Gamzatov lands a right hand. He delivers a front kick to the body. Harris changes levels and looks to get the fight to the ground. Gamzatov defends the attempt and circles free. Gamzatov lands a right hand. Harris lands to the body with a left hand. Gamzatov lands an outside leg kick. Harris responds with one of his own. Gamzatov continues to land his jab. They clinch. Gamzatov misses with a knee and Harris works for a takedown. Gamzatov lands short punches while defending the takedown. Gamzatov nearly secures a takedown and the two separate. Harris flurries but doesn’t land. They exchange jabs. Gamzatov lands a right hand and the round ends.
Gamzatov inches forward. The fight is paused to clean water off the canvas. The fight is restarted and Harris lands to the body with a right hand. Harris lands a counter right hand. Gamzatov responds with an inside leg kick. Harris lands another leg kick. They clinch but quickly separate. Gamzatov lands to the body with a kick. Harris presses forward. Gamzatov lands a leg kick. They briefly clinch before separating. Gamzatov lands to the body with a kick. Harris misses with a right hand. He presses forward and lands to the body. They battle for position along the cage. Gamzatov looks to get the fight to the ground. The referee separates them. Gamzatov lands his jab and partially lands a leaping front kick. Gamzatov lands a big right hand. The round ends.
Official result: Shamil Gamzatov def. Rex Harris by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Abuspiyan Magomedov vs. Anderson Goncalves (Middleweight Bout)
Magomedov takes the center of the cage and inches forward. He rushes in with a combination that misses. Magomedov lands an outside leg kick. They exchange leg kicks. Magomedov lands a right hand. He steps in with a left hand. Magomedov presses forward and lands a left hand the drops Goncalves. He follows up with a three more punches before the referee steps in to step the fight.
Official result: Abuspiyan Magomedov def. Anderson Goncalves by KO (punches) at 1:27, Round 1
John Howard vs. Bruno Santos (Middleweight Bout)
Howard switches stances to southpaw. He paws with his jab. Santos circles on the outside. Santos lands a kick to the knee of Howard. Howard rushes in with a flurry. Santos covers and circles away. Howard leaps in with a combination that comes up short. He ties Santos up along the cage. Howard delivers knees to the thighs of Santos. Santos tosses Howard to the ground but Howard immediately gets back to his feet. Santos changes levels, elevates Howard and slams him to the canvas. Howard closes his guard. Santos delivers left hands to the body. Santos lands a series of right hands to the body. Howard moves to a butterfly guard. Santos postures up and throws a right hand. Howard looks to isolate a leg. The round ends.
Howard inches forward. Santos lands a hard outside leg kick. Howard presses forward and is met with a right hand. Santos doubles up on his jab and Howard responds with a leg kick. Howard pressuring Santos. Santos lands his back. Howard responds with a leg kick and closes the distance. They clinch but quickly separate. Howard continues to press foward. Santos lands a jab. Howard explodes forward with a flurry. He lands a right hand that knocks Santos down. He follows Santos to the canvas. It was a flash knockdown. Santos works to get to his feet. Howard works to take Santos’ back. Santos spins and gains top position. Howard works to stand and Santos delivers knees to Howard’s legs. Howard stands only be be slammed back to the canvas. Howard pops right back to his feet but Santos drags him back to the canvas. Santos delivers a series of left hands. The round ends with Santos on top landing shots.
Santos lands a jab and Howard pushes forward with a combination. They clinch and Santos lands short right hands on the inside. Howard drags Santos to the ground. Santos quickly gets back to his feet and the work for position along the cage. Santos works for a takedown but Howard defends the attempt. The referee separates them. Howard moves in with combination. He stalks Santos. Howard lands a left hand. Santos looks for a takedown but Howard shakes it off. Santos presses Howard against the cage and delivers knees to the legs. Santos backs away and they’re back at distance. Howard presses forward. He lands a left hand. He lands another left hand. Santos changes levels and secures a takedown. Santos delivers short left hands from the half guard position. Howard isolates an arm and works for a kimura. The round ends.
Official result: Bruno Santos def. John Howard by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jake Shields vs. Herman Terrado (Welterweight Bout)
Shields measuring with his jab. Torrado moves in with a combination and Shields ties him up. Shields works his way around to the back of Torrado standing. He drags Terrado to the ground. Terrado scrambles back to his feet. Terrado lands a right hand to the body. Shields changes position and presses Terrado against the fence. Shields secures a takedown. Shields mounts Terrado. Shields delivers short right hands. Terrado works his way to full guard. The round ends with Shields on top.
Terrado rushes in and lands a big right hand. Shields immediately looks to get the fight to the ground. He does and delivers right hands to the body. Terrado being active off the bottom. Shields stays heavy on top and lands short shots. Shields works to pass Terrado’s guard. He continues to deliver short punches. Shields moves to side control. Shields steps over and advances to the mount position. Shields lands a series of right hands. The round ends.
Shields lands a kick to the body. Terrado presses forward. Shields initiates the clinch. Terrado pushes Shields away. Shields drives for a takedown but Terrado shakes off the attempt. Terrado lands a left hand. Terrado comes up short with a combination. Shields looks to get the fight the ground. Terrado defends. Terrado lands a big left hand. Terrado presses forward. He lands a combination. Shields drops to his backk and Terrado follows him to the canvas. Terrado lands punches to the body. Shields works to control Terrado’s posture. Shields is doing a good job not taking damage off his back. Terrado lands a right hand. Terrado pours on the offense and lands a series of punches. Shields moves and covers. The round ends.
Official result: Jake Shields def. Herman Terrado by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rick Story vs. Carlton Minus (Welterweight Bout)
Story takes the center of the cage as Minus moves along the outside. Story lands a right hand. Minus pawing with his jab. Story inches forward. He slips a punch from Minus and lands to the body. Story steps in with a right hand. Story lands a combination. Minus moving laterally. He tries to land his jab. Story changes levels and powers Minus to the ground. He moves to side control. Minus looks to stand and Story takes his back. Minus rolls to his back and Story moves to side control. Story applies an arm triangle choke and switches sides to tighten it down. Minus defends the submission attempt to the end of the round.
Minus measuring with his jab. Story closes the distance with a combination. Story continues to press forward. he lands a left hand and changes levels. He secures a takedown and quickly advances to the mount position. Minus works to stand and Story threatens to take his back. Minus rolls to his back. Story moves to side control. Minus scrambles and Story takes his back. Story looks to lock on a rear-naked choke. Story locks it down and Minus goes out.
Jake Shields may walk away from the sport of mixed martial arts if he loses this Thursday night (Aug. 16).
Shields is coming off a stunning second-round TKO loss to Ray Cooper III at PFL 3 last month. Shields never got going and was dominated all the way to the TKO finish. It’s the first time Shields was finished since Aug. 2015. He’s now gone 1-3 in his last four outings.
Shields will do battle with Herman Terrado at PFL 6 inside the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Shields told Sherdog.com that a loss in that fight could lead to the end of his MMA career:
“If I don’t win this. I might decide to call it [a career]. … It would definitely be nice to go out there and win, get into the tournament and end my career a little better. I never wanted to be a guy fighting and losing fights I shouldn’t. It would be a good achievement (winning the PFL tournament). At my age, to come back and win, that would be pretty impressive.”