Thursday night, after the culmination of the first of two Professional Fighters League (PFL) events on Long Island, New York, President Carlos Silva and President of Fighter Operations Ray Sefo spoke to the media. Silva and Sefo praised all the fighters inside the cage as they expressed their excitement of the PFL playoffs taking form. The event took place at NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. The undercard aired on Facebook Watch, which was followed by NBC Sports Network Live broadcast at 9 PM of PFL 4.
“PFL 4, was really that first moment that everything we talked about as we put together this first regular-season, playoffs, and championships, start to happen.” Said, President Carlos Silva. Silva went on to mention Steven Siler, the No. 1 overall seed in the featherweight PFL playoffs. Siler earned two first-round submission victories that leaped him ahead of the pack.
Silva and Sefo mention the impressive comeback victory by Kelvin “Mama’s Boy” Tiller. Tiller on his back the entire first-round against an NCAA wrestling all-American out of Oklahoma State, Jared Rosholt. Tiller snagged the neck of Rosholt in the second-round as he defended a takedown while locking up a guillotine choke. Tiller for the second time inside the PFL cage has impressed fans with another highlight finish.
All week family appeared to be an underlining theme for PFL 4. Since the open workouts which took place at Longo and Weidman MMA in Garden City, New York, PFL fighters have been accompanied by their family. Long Island’s Andre “The Bull” Harrison arrived at the workout with his daughter. Alex Nicholson brought along his wife, fellow MMA fighter, Hannah Goldy and their son, Odin. Inside the cage, after his victory, Tiller’s mother was brought into the cage to be alongside him while Bas Rutten interviewed the heavyweight.
“Family is everything,” Ray Sefo said. He mentioned he brought his son to Long Island to watch the fights, as well as Silva’s daughter, who is an intern for PFL. The two men go on to mention how important family is and how they want the Professional Fighters League and their fighters too all feel like part of a family. The mentality PFL is bringing to their league is a formula for success. Every fighter notably mentioned the respect received and their desire to remain with PFL.
The media asked about the possibility of a female division forming next season and Sefo informed the cameras it’s a secret but when it’s time, he’ll let the world know. Adeline Gray, a 2016 USA Olympic wrestling team member competed at 75KG, similar to Kayla Harrison, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo, competing at 78KG, would be an excellent addition to the Professional Fighters League women’s division, as it is believed Gray has started training in MMA.
PFL 5 returns to Long Island on August 2, 2018, at NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Carlos Silva and Ray Sefo PFL 4 Post-Fight Media Scrum: