After an eventful six-event season, Professional Fighters League’s (PFL’s) 2022 playoffs kick off tonight (Fri., Aug. 5, 2022) with the Lightweight and Light Heavyweight semifinals.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE results and real-time play-by-play coverage of the entire PFL Playoffs 1 main card below, which begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+. We’ll also provide quick results for the “Prelims” undercard on ESPN+, which will start streaming at 6 p.m. ET.
The evening’s main event features a rematch between UFC veterans Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray. The pair first locked horns in June, when “Braveheart” forced “Showtime” to tap to an ultra-tight body triangle. In the co-feature, Omari Akhmedov takes on fast-rising late replacement Josh Silveira, while the opening two bouts see Olivier Aubin-Mercier look to make it five straight against Alexander Martinez and Rob Wilkinson squares off with upset artist Delan Monte.
PFL PLAYOFFS 1 QUICK RESULTS:
Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray
Omari Akhmedov vs. Josh Silveira
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alexander Martinez
Rob Wilkinson vs. Delan Monte — Wilkinson def. Monte by TKO (knee and punches) at 1:37 of Round One
Marcelo Nunes vs. Dylan Potter
Cory Hendricks vs. Marthin Hamlet — Hamlet def. Hendricks by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mahmoud Sebie vs. Itso Babulaidze — Babulaidze def. Sebie by TKO (punches) at 4:30 of Round One
PFL PLAYOFFS 1 ROUND-BY-ROUND COVERAGE:
155 lbs.: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray
205 lbs.: Omari Akhmedov vs. Josh Silveira
155 lbs.: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alexander Martinez
205 lbs.: Rob Wilkinson vs. Delan Monte
Round one: They trade jabs to start. 1-2-3 lands for Wilkinson, then a check hook. Monte chopping right, Wilkinson counter right. Another check hook by Wilkinson, who eats a pair of heavy rights as Monte barrels in. Knees to a body lock for Monte but Wilkinson slings him to the mat, landing punches. Back up a minute in. Yet another lead right from Monte, but Wilkinson comes back with rapid-fire punches. As soon as Monte tightens his guard, Wilkinson grabs the back of his head and slams home a perfect knee that sends Monte teetering to the mat.
Final result: Wilkinson def. Monte by TKO (knee and punches)
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