Denis Goltsov vs Ante Delija goes down at PFL 8 on Thursday, August 19th.
These heavyweight warriors prepare to do battle inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. This Professional Fighters League broadcast goes live on ESPN+ and ESPN with a 5:30 PM eastern time kickoff for the preliminary bouts.
Opening up the main card: Denis Goltsov vs Ante Delija!
— PFL (@PFLMMA) August 17, 2021
Denis Goltsov vs Ante Delija PFL 8 Pre-Fight Quotes
Denis Goltsov has put together back-to-back finishes via ground and pound to put himself in this Playoff position. The former ACA heavyweight champion aims to vault towards the tournament finals in his second PFL season by besting Ante Delija.
Conversely, Ante Delija has established himself earlier on via circuits like KSW, Rizin, and M1 Global. The protege of Mirko Cro Cop looks to punch his ticket for a shot at the 2021 championship and the chance to win one million dollars thereafter.
I spoke with both of these hulking fighters at the virtual media day as the 2021 PFL Playoffs continue.
Denis Goltsov excerpt
The recent combative preparation with Sergei Kharitonov ahead of this one
“It was just a coincidence that he’s fighting on the 20th. A day right after us, which we are having on the 19th. It was a pleasure sparring with him. We had put some work in, he’s a great powerful fighter. He has great experience, he is very strong. And it’s been a great pleasure sparring with him. Spending time, exchanging our experience and I’m definitely hoping that might even be a thing in future. That we’re kind of going to have a camp. Where we can train together and prepare for fights.”
Ante Delija excerpt
Fighting notable heavyweights (Ricco Rodriguez, Valentijn Overeem, etc) and how Goltsov stacks up
“So Denis (Goltsov) is probably the biggest fight of my career. I am ready for him and I’m ready for anybody.”
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