This afternoon, Professional Fighters League heavyweights and light heavyweights slated to compete in PFL 6 weighed-in ahead of Thursday Night MMA action at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City. PFL 6 concludes the 2019 PFL Regular Season and this is the final chance for fighters to earn points in the standings and clinch a spot in the 2019 Playoffs.
PFL 6 begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and in Spanish on the ESPN App, then the action continues on ESPN+ at 10:00 p.m. ET.
“Our heavyweights and light heavyweights had the highest early stoppage rates last season, and with playoff spots on the line, I expect that trend to continue,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of the PFL. “With our format, nobody is out of contention, every fight matters, every round counts. A first-round win for our fighters with 0 points could mean a spot in the Playoffs. Once you’re in the Playoffs, anything can happen. You’re one step closer to a million dollars, and that drama will unfold tomorrow night.”
The final fight on ESPN2 features the top two seeds in the heavyweight division as Kelvin “The Mama’s Boy” Tiller takes on Russian Denis Goltsov. Tiller started the season with a first-round submission of Muhammed DeReese by Kimura. Goltsov, a former combat sambo World Champion, dominated Jared Rosholt in his PFL debut, knocking out the former All-American wrestler with a quick left hand in the first-round.
2018 heavyweight semifinalist Alex “The Spartan” Nicholson dropped a split-decision to last season’s #1 seed Francimar Barroso in his 2019 debut. A distance fight was quite unexpected, as all four of Nicholson’s PFL fights last season ended with knockouts. Now “The Spartan” must defeat Zeke Tuinei-Wily to have a shot at making the playoffs.
In addition to Nicholson and Tuinei-Wily, it’s win or go home for DeReese, Valdrin Istrefi, Carl Seumanutafa, Ben Edwards and Rosholt. Satoshi Ishii, Ali Isaev and Francimar Barroso can each clinch a playoff spot with a win of any kind.
In light heavyweight action, two powerful strikers face off when Russian Bozigit Ataev and Argentina’s Emiliano Sordi clash for the #1 seed in the light heavyweight division. Either can clinch the #1 seed with a stoppage in any round. This is a rematch from last season’s quarterfinals, where Ataev knocked out Sordi just 1:43 into the 1st round. Sordi is coming off a dominating TKO victory over 2018 light heavyweight runner-up Vinny Magalhaes.
It’s win or go home for Magalhaes following his stunning loss to Sordi at PFL 3. Last season, Magalhaes, a former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, finished his first four PFL opponents each in less than 2 minutes. One of those wins included the submission of the year – a first-round flying triangle-Kimura combination over Rakim Cleveland, who he now faces in a rematch on ESPN+.
Previously undefeated UFC light heavyweight and PFL newcomer Jordan Johnson suffered his first career loss in his organizational debut, a unanimous decision loss to Maxim Grishin. Johnson entered the League on the heels of a 4-0 run with the UFC. Johnson, a former University of Iowa wrestler, will take on New Zealand’s Sigi Pesaleli, who has 3 points after earning a walkover win ahead of PFL 3. Johnson needs a win to make the 2019 Playoffs.
Cleveland and Mikhail Mokhnatkin find themselves in the same position, each sitting with 0 points heading into fight night. Rashid Yusupov, Maxim Grishin, Viktor Nemkov and Pesaleli can each clinch a playoff spot with a win of any kind.
Light heavyweight Ronny Markes failed to make weight, resulting in the removal of his fight against Daniel Spohn. Spohn will have to wait and see if the 3 points he earns from the walkover win will be enough to make the Playoffs.
Due to Ronny Markes missing weight for the second time this season, he is disqualified from PFL competition. @dragonspohn will earn 3 points, a walkover win, and will get his show and win money. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/DHRUMxCO9a
— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) August 7, 2019
PFL 6 also features a special bout on ESPN+ as part of the league’s “New Fighter Showcase” series, designed to provide opportunities for up-and-coming fighters to compete on the highest level. Rising MMA star Umar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, will square up against Sidemar Honorio, fighting out of Philadelphia.
Umar enters the fight with a perfect 10-0 record, dominating opponents with a ferocious ground attack supplemented by an adept striking prowess. He splits his camps between his native Russia and American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, often training with Khabib.
Official Weights and Fight Card:
1. Jordan Johnson (205.8) vs Joe Pesaleli (204.8)
2. Alex Nicholson (238.2) vs. Zeke Tuinei-Wily (265.6)
3. Bozigit Ataev (205.6) vs. Emiliano Sordi (205.8)
4. Kelvin Tiller (265.0) vs. Denis Gotsov (241.2)
5. Francimar Barroso (244.8) vs. Ben Edwards (264.2)
6. Umar Nurmagomedov (135.8) vs. Sedico Honorio (135.4)
7. Valdrin Istrevi (244.4) vs. Muhammed DeReese (245.6)
8. Maxim Grishin (205.8) vs. Mikhail Mokhnatkin (205.6)
9. Ali Isaev (263.2) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (265.2)
10. Rashid Yusupov (206) vs. Viktor Nemkov (205.6)
11. Vinny Magalhaes (205.2) vs. Rakim Cleveland (204.8)
12. Satoshi Ishii (240.6) vs. Jared Rosholt (257.0)
All times ET
|Wed. 8/7||6:30 p.m.||PFL 6 Pre-Show||ESPN+|
|Thur., 8/8||8:00 p.m.||PFL 6 Fight Card
Light Heavyweight: Jordan Johnson (Gilbert, AZ) (10-1) vs. Sigi Pesaleli (New Zealand) (3-1)
Heavyweight: Alex Nicholson (Apopka, FL) (13-8) vs. Zeke Tuinei-Wily (Las Vegas, NV) (3-2)
Light Heavyweight: Bozigit Ataev (Dagestan) (20-3) vs. Emiliano Sordi (Argentina) (18-8)
Heavyweight: Kelvin Tiller (Topeka, KS) (11-2) vs. Denis Goltsov (Russia) (23-5)
|ESPN2, ESPN App (Spanish)
|10:00 p.m.||PFL 6 Fight Card
Heavyweight: Francimar Barroso (Brazil) (23-7-1, 1NC) vs. Ben Edwards (Australia) (4-0)
Bantamweight: Umar Nurmagomedov (Dagestan) (10-0) vs. Sidemar Honorio (Philadelphia, PA) (13-6)
Heavyweight: Valdrin Istrefi (Liechtenstein) (13-3) vs. Muhammed DeReese (Titusville, FL) (7-1)
Light Heavyweight: Maxim Grishin (Russia) (29-7-1) vs. Mikhail Mokhnatkin (Russia) (11-4-2)
Heavyweight: Ali Isaev (Dagestan) (5-0) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (Samoa) (12-10)
Light Heavyweight: Rashid Yusupov (Dagestan) (11-1) vs. Viktor Nemkov (Russia) (27-7)
Light Heavyweight: Vinny Magalhaes (Brazil) (18-11, 1NC) vs. Rakim Cleveland (Coconut Creek, FL) (19-12-1, 1NC)
Heavyweight: Satoshi Ishii (Croatia) (22-8-1) vs. Jared Rosholt (Sandpoint, ID) (17-7)
|ESPN+ (Live) English/Spanish|
|1:30 a.m. (approx.) ET||PFL 6 Post Show||ESPN+ (Live)|