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Magomed Magomedkerimov storms through David Zawada with first round knockout at PFL 6

The Professional Fighters League returns to us tonight, June 23, 2023, for PFL 6, going down live from the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Headlining the event is a lightweight encounter between 2022 champion Olivier Aubin-Mercier (18-5) and Challenger Series alum Anthony Romero (12-1), each talent of which has gone 1-0 thus far into the year.

Co-headlining the event is a welterweight bout showcasing another 2022 champion in Sadibou Sy (14-6-2), who takes on Shane Mitchell (13-5) later in the evening.

Our first feature fight of the night came at 170 lbs between former PFL welterweight champion Magomed Magomedkerimov (33-6) and UFC veteran, former RFC welterweight champion David Zawada (18-9)

Continue reading to see how this welterweight encounter went down:

Official Result: Magomed Magomedkerimov def. David Zawada via TKO (punches) at 3:54 of round one

Magomedkerimov finds his timing early in the opening round and starts piecing his combinations together. He lands a vicious right hand that floors Zawada on the spot and follows up with some ground and pound for the first round TKO finish.

Magomed Magomedkerimov is now 14-1 in his last 15 with a victory over the lone man to have defeated him, two-time PFL welterweight champion Ray Cooper III.

The Russian assassin has wins over UFC veterans Bojan Velickovic (UD, TKO) twice, Gleison Tibau (UD), Curtis Millender (Ezekiel choke), John Howard (guillotine choke), and now David Zawada (TKO). He also defeated Chris Curtis (UD, UD) twice prior to Curtis joining the UFC roster.

As for David Zawada, his career just hasn’t panned out the way many of us thought it would. After debuting in the UFC with a record of 16-3, he’d quickly fall to 16-5, before submitting Khabib Nurmagomedov’s brother Abubakar with a triangle choke back in 2019.

That improved Zawada’s UFC record to 1-2. He then lost his next two-straight, before winning a fight for Oktagon FC. He has since gone 0-2 in PFL, losing both fights via knockout in the opening round.

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Brady Ordway
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