The sixth installment of the 2018 PFL regular season took place tonight at Oceans Resort Casino. PFL 6 continued the road to the October playoffs for the league’s welterweight and middleweight fighters. The 11 regular season fights featured fighters competing with the hope of clinching a berth in the post-season where they will have the chance to claim a piece of the $10 million prize pool and a championship title.
A high-stakes welterweight showdown between Hawaii’s Ray Cooper III and Ukraine’s Pavlo Kusch headlined PFL6 after both men tipped the scales under the limit at Wednesday’s weigh-ins. Both fighters were unexpected winners at PFL3 in July and they are ready to duel to see who will take up the mantle of the favorite heading into the 2018 PFL Playoffs. Cooper finished MMA legend Jake Shields in emphatic fashion while Kusch is coming of a stunning upset stoppage of Abubakar Nurmagomedov. It took just 18 seconds for Cooper to knock Kusch out and continued chasing the grand prize.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison – the only American ever to win gold in Olympic Judo – returned to the cage to face PFL newcomer Jozette Cotton in a special lightweight attraction. Harrison, who began her transition from Judo to MMA with an impressive submission win at PFL2 in June, returned to action for her second bout against another much more experienced opponent. Cotton was 8-1 in MMA and was looking to score the upset over the heavily favored Harrison. But it did not work out that way. Harrison wins by way of third round technical knock out.
Both Shields and Nurmagomedov were fighting for their playoff lives Thursday night. With zero points on their ledgers, the two pre-season favorites in the welterweight division needed wins, perhaps by stoppage, to make the 2018 PFL Playoffs. It was a tense and action-packed night at PFL6, but both fighters got victories tonight in Atlantic City.
Viewers in the United States will be able to watch the last five fights of the evening on NBC Sports Network beginning at 10 p.m. ET. MMA fans worldwide will be able to view the first fights of the night, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, on Facebook Watch. International viewers will be able to watch the entire card, from start to finish, via Facebook Watch.
Official PFL 6 Results:
Ray Cooper III defeated Pavlo Kusch via knockout – Round 1, 0:18
Magomed Magomedkerimov defeated Bojan Velickovic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 29-28)
Kayla Harrison defeated Jozette Cotton via TKO – Round 3, 1:24
Abubakar Nurmagomedov defeated Jonatan Westin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Zoao Zeferino defeated Yuri Villefort via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:10
Rick Story defeated Carlton Minus via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:55
Jake Shields defeated Herman Terrado unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 29-28)
Bruno Santos defeated John Howard via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 and 30-27)
Abus Magomedov defeated Anderson Goncalves via knockout – Round 1, 1:27
Shamil Gamzatov defeated Rex Harris via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 and 30-27)
Louis Taylor defeated Andre Lobato via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Gasan Umalatov defeated Eddie Gordon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)