Magomed Magomedkerimov

Magomed Magomedkerimov wins rematch with Sadibou Sy, becomes two-time PFL welterweight champion at PFL 10

PFL MMA returns to us tonight, November 24, 2023, for PFL 10, going down live from The Anthem in Washington D.C.

The third of six championship bouts taking place tonight came in the welterweight division between 2018 champion Magomed Magomedkerimov (34-6) and 2022 champion Sadibou Sy (16-6-2, 1 NC), a rematch of their 2021 encounter that Magomedkerimov won via unanimous decision.

On that night, Sy fell to 3-4-2 (1 NC) in the PFL across 10 fights, and also fell to 9-6-2 (1 NC) as a professional.

Since then however he’d gone a perfect 7-0 inside the PFL cage, including claim of the PFL welterweight championship last year in 2022.

Following victory over Sy, Magomedkerimov would lose his next fight in the finals to two-time champion Ray Cooper III, a man he also boasts a win over. Magomedkerimov had since won his last five-straight coming into tonight’s welterweight title bout.

Continue reading to see how our heavyweight championship co-main event of the evening went down:

Official Result: Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Sadibou Sy via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:17 of round three

Magomedkerimov gets to his wrestling early, though Sy defends well against his attempts short of a momentary takedown midway through the opening round. Magomedkerimov also lands a hard right hand in the first, the most significant moment of the round.

Sy’s takedown defense holds up in the second, landing a number of solid knees up the middle whilst in the clinch. He’s also landing a good variety of kicks as well as some counter punches while on the backfoot.

Sy picks up the tempo in round three, going to the head with his round kick, partially landing a couple of them. Magomedkerimov then lands a hard right cross to the body that hurts Sy, forcing a takedown shot out of him.

Magomedkerimov takes advantage of this, wrapping up a guillotine choke and jumping guard. From here it was only a matter of seconds before Sy was forced to tap.

We knew we’d see a two-time PFL welterweight champion crowned once this rematch was said and done, and that two-time champion is Magomed Magomedkerimov, who improves to 16-1 inside the PFL cage with this victory.

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Brady Ordway
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