A large part of PFL’s lightweight and light heavyweight playoff brackets was set on Friday night following the conclusion of a 10-fight card from the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Lightweight Alexander Martinez earned a playoff spot in the main event of the card, securing a tight split decision victory over Clay Collard to position himself in the postseason. The close result secured Martinez his second scorecard win of the year, giving him six points in total and placing him third in the division.
Collard, a fighter that also entered this weekend with just three points, won’t be competing in his second PFL playoffs this year.
UFC alum Olivier Aubin-Mercier earned a playoff spot on the main card as well, defeating 2021 champion Raush Manfio via decision.
Manfio is still fourth in the rankings and could appear in the playoffs despite the loss, although that can change.
Stevie Ray can steal a spot in the top four with a successful performance later this month, potentially knocking Manfio out of the bracket. If Ray can earn a first round or second round finish, earning him six or five points respectively when he faces Anthony Pettis on June 24th, he will crash the top four of the standings.
Due to his six-point win earlier this season, Pettis will enter the playoffs as the top seed whether he wins or loses against Ray next week.
Wilkinson, Akhmedov Sit Atop Set Light Heavyweight Bracket
The regular season for PFL’s light heavyweight division came to a close on Friday night.
Robert Wilkinson and Omari Akhmedov shot to the top of the 205-pound ranks after both having solid performances this weekend. They both have 11 points for the season overall, with both of their fights ending via finish.
Akhmedov finished his season with a submission victory on Friday night, catching Teodoras Aukstuolis in the second round with an arm triangle choke.
Earlier on the card, Wilkinson stopped Viktor Pesta in the first round with punches.
Defending champion Antonio Carlos Junior kept his second PFL run alive on the main card, going the distance against Bruce Suoto to win via unanimous decision. Along with the first-round finish win that he scored earlier this year, Carlos Junior did enough work to finish the season with nine points in total.
A solid showing from Delan Monte snuck him into the playoffs in the fourth seed. Bouncing back from a loss he took earlier this year, Monte stopped 2019 champ Emiliano Sordi in just 92 seconds with strikes.
Former two-division LFA champ Josh Silveira won his sole fight of the season earlier on the card, although he was not able to qualify for the playoffs with that win.
Main Card (10:00PM EDT) (ESPN / TSN 2)
Bout 10: Alexander Martinez def. Clay Collard via Decision, Split
Bout 9: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Bruce Suoto via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Raush Manfio via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 7: Jeremy Stephens def. Myles Price via Decision, Split
Preliminary Card (7:00PM EDT) (ESPN+ / TSN Direct)
Bout 6: Omari Akhmedov def. Teodoras Aukstuolis via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 2, 2:50)
Bout 5: Natan Schulte def. Marcin Held via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 4: Delan Monte def. Emiliano Sordi via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:32)
Bout 3: Rob Wilkinson def. Viktor Pesta via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 3:03)
Bout 2: Josh Silveira def. Marthin Hamlet via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 3:27)
Bout 1: Nate Jennerman def. Jake Childers via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 2:00)