PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE WEIGH-INS FOR PFL 2 COMPLETE, PAVING WAY FOR 10-BOUT EVENT
PFL 2 Airs May 23 on ESPN2, ESPN+ and the ESPN App
Reigning 2018 Lightweight and Featherweight Champions Natan Schulte and Lance Palmer Return to Repeat
Long Island Natives Chris Wade and Andre Harrison Set to Compete in Front of Hometown Fans
This afternoon, Professional Fighters League Lightweight and Featherweight fighters slated to compete in PFL 2 weighed-in ahead of Thursday Night MMA action at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on Long Island, N.Y. PFL 2 will feature 10 action-packed fights beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 and ESPN Deportes, then continuing on ESPN+ at 9:00 p.m. ET. All matches on ESPN+ are also available in Spanish.
“We’re excited about returning to action for PFL 2 with an incredible lineup of Featherweight and Lightweight fighters who will start their journeys to a championship and million-dollar prize,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of the PFL. “With our sports-season format, every fighter knows what is on the line when they step into that cage tomorrow night. It’s an opportunity to earn points toward a playoff spot. Every fight counts. Every round matters. That will show in their performances.”
Returning Featherweight champion Lance Palmer will face Alex Gilpin in the final fight of the night. The former four-time All-American wrestler from Ohio State was one of three PFL fighters to finish the 2018 season undefeated, going a perfect 5-0 en route to the title and million-dollar prize. Gilpin, a former Texas state wrestling champion and Wisconsin Badger, is making his PFL debut riding a 7-fight win streak. 2018 Lightweight champion Natan Schulte is also looking to repeat as champion and will face PFL newcomer Bao Yincang in ESPN2 action.
Both Andre Harrison (featherweight) and Chris Wade (lightweight) came up short last season, falling in the semifinals to the eventual champions Lance Palmer and Natan Schulte respectively. Now they get a new chance at glory, and it begins in front of their family and friends on Long Island. They’ll fight in back-to-back bouts near, and both are taking on new PFL contenders. Harrison faces Peter Petties out of Columbia, Maryland. Wade faces Providence, Rhode Island’s Nate Andrews, who has 10 career wins by submission.
Rising star Jeremy Kennedy will now make his PFL debut against Luis Rafael Laurentino after Alexandre Bezerra failed to make weight. Kennedy is 13-1 in his career, including a 3-1 record in UFC. He has secured two straight knockouts to enter the league with momentum. Luis Rafael Laurentino was originally set to face Alexandre Almeida, however Almeida failed to make weight, paving the way for a Kennedy vs. Laurentino bout.
Both Bezerra and Almeida will be back for the second half of the season but will need to accumulate enough points to advance to the playoffs. Another missed weight will result in their release from the PFL. In an additional update to the PFL 2 card, Ronys Torres is out for the 2019 PFL season after failing to be licensed by the New York State Athletic Commission. Ramsey Nijem has been awarded three points toward a potential playoff spot heading into his second fight at PFL 5.
PFL 2 will air across ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+, — the leading multi-sport streaming service, in addition to TSN in Canada, and on a wide and diverse group of premier global distribution partner platforms reaching over 150 countries around the world.
Official Weights and Updated Fight Card:
1. Steven Siler (145.4) and Gadzhi Rabadanov (145.6)
2. Damon Jackson (145.2) and Movlid Khaybulaev (145.8)
3. Jeremy Kennedy (145.4) and Luis Rafael Laurentino (145.4)
4. Natan Schulte (155.0) and Bao Yincang (154.8)
5. Rashid Magomedov (154.8) and Loik Radzhabov (155.6)
6. Islam Mamedov (155.6) and Ylies Djiron (155.4)
7. Akhmed Aliev (155.4) and Carlao Silva (154.8)
8. Andre Harrison (145.8) and Peter Petties (144.6)
9. Chris Wade (155.4) and Nate Andrews (155.6)
10. Lance Palmer (145.2) and Alex Gilpin (145.4)
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