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Linton Vassell wins the rubber match; gets Tim Johnson a playoff spot & Denis Goltsov the No. 1 seed

June 13, 2024

Valentin Moldavsky, a protegee of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, has trained in wrestling, Sambo and judo before joining MMA, turning pro in 2015. Signing with Bellator in 2017, Moldavsky won seven straight, including a win over Tim Johnson to c...

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Another first round finish and the No. 1 seed for Dakota Ditcheva, pursuing a second PFL belt

June 13, 2024

After impressing in a Showcase bout during the 2022 PFL World Championships, Dakota Ditcheva has continued to be dominant in the PFL SmartCage. Ditcheva ran through Malin Hermansson, Cornelia Holm and Valentina Scatizzi to earn the inaugural PFL E...

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Denis Goltsov takes care of business quickly, back yet again in the PFL heavyweight playoffs

June 13, 2024

After coming so close to earning PFL gold last season, falling short in the championship matchup, Denis Goltsov is so close to getting back to the postseason. The former Russian Combat Sambo world champion is 11-3 in the PFL, with 27 finishes to h...

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Liz Carmouche locks up PFL playoff spot with last-second, hail-mary armbar

June 13, 2024

Making her professional MMA debut in 2010, Liz Carmouche is regarded as one of the pioneers of women’s MMA, competing in numerous noteworthy promotions and challenging for a number of titles at both flyweight and bantamweight. Signing with Bellato...

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Taila Santos clinches flyweight playoff spot in close split decision victory

June 13, 2024

Taila Santos, who began her MMA career in 2013, started things off with 15 victories in a row – including 10 straight first-round finishes. A former flyweight champion on the regional scene, Santos has been in there with the likes of Valentina She...

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Oleg Popov overwhelms with takedowns and top pressure, clinching playoff spot

June 13, 2024

Oleg Popov currently finds himself on the longest active win streak out of all MMA heavyweights, coming out victorious in his last 15 fights in a row. Popov, who has 12 finishes to his credit, is a veteran of the Russian MMA scene, having won a re...

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Tyrell Fortune rocks and wrestles his way to dominant decision win

June 13, 2024

Marcelo Golm’s MMA career began in 2015, scoring five straight first-round knockouts. Golm went 1-3 in her next four fights but ended up winning back-to-back bouts before signing with Bellator in 2021. The American Top Team product scored finishes...

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Ilara Joanne lands at will, taking unanimous decision win in spite of missing playoffs

June 13, 2024

Ilara Joanne built up an 8-4 record to start her career in her native Brazil before signing with Bellator in 2019. A product of the Pitbull Brothers gym, Joanne went 3-4 in Bellator. While she has seven finishes in her 11 wins, it’s been a rough p...

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Low blow stops Tim Johnson’s first first-round finish attempt, so he does it again

June 13, 2024

Danilo Marques’s combat sports journey began when he was 10, starting with taekwondo before eventually picking up boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Marques is a former state champion in the latter two disciplines, a former national jiu-jitsu champio...

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Juliana Velasquez scores second-round finish to keep pursuit of playoffs alive

June 13, 2024

Prior to entering this PFL season, Juliana Velasquez signed with Bellator in 2017, going on to build up a 7-2 record in that promotion. Her only losses coming in title fights against Liz Carmouche, Velasquez defeated Ilima-Lei Macfarlane at Bellat...

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Sumiko Inaba scores split decision in back-and-forth striking battle

June 13, 2024

A successful amateur run that included three title wins in two weight classes was good enough to get Sumiko Inaba signed to Bellator as she turned pro. Entering her PFL debut tonight, she has matched the same record she ended her time as an amateu...

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Abdullah Al-Qahtani puts on overwhelming striking display en route to playoff spot

May 10, 2024

The first-ever Saudi Arabian talent to be signed to the PFL, Abdullah Al-Qahtani is all about bringing aggression and violence into his fights. Al-Qahtani trained in wrestling and Muay Thai when he was younger, with Al-Qahtani going on to win mult...

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Ali Taleb begins new PFL journey, desire to capture inaugural MENA title, with decision win

May 10, 2024

After falling short in capturing a title in the inaugural PFL Europe season, Ali Taleb will now try his hand at becoming the inaugural PFL MENA Bantamweight Champion. Taleb, who has a grappling and jiu-jitsu base, won bantamweight gold before maki...

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Rachid El Hazoume wins back-and-forth battle with grappling edge

May 10, 2024

Xavier Alaoui is called a Street Fighting specialist, but his combat journey began in judo at a young age, going on to earn black belts in that discipline, as well as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Alaoui, who trains out of the famed TriStar Gym, has won ba...

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Islam Reda lands six takedowns en route to scoring decision victory

May 10, 2024

Known as the “Egyptian Zombie,” Islam Reda is an eight-time National Brazilian jiu-jitsu Champion in his home country of Egypt. A pro since 2013, 10 of Reda’s 11 victories have come by submission. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has won four st...

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Jalal Al Daaja advances to playoffs on majority draw

May 10, 2024

Tariq Ismail has shown his strength as a striker, earning Amateur Canadian National titles in both boxing and Muay Thai, as well as claiming a Muay Thai championship in 2014. Ismail, who first fought in pro MMA in 2013, has won seven of his eight...

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Elias Boudegzdame puts on grappling clinic to score submission win and clinch bantamweight playoff spot

May 10, 2024

Elias Boudegzdame, who made his professional MMA debut in 2012, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who has used his grappling game to his advantage in the sport. In his 18-8 record, 17 wins have come by way of a finish, and 15 of those have been...

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Hattan Alsaif starts amateur MMA career with jaw-dropping KO in historical contest

May 10, 2024

Hattan Alsaif made history by becoming the first Saudi-born woman to sign with the PFL, and now she gets to make her amateur MMA debut here tonight. Alsaif, a Muay Thai specialist, got into boxing following the passing of the legendary Muhammad Al...

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Third-round flurries keep Marouane Bellagouit unbeaten, earns him MENA featherweight playoff spot

May 10, 2024

Marouane Bellagouit has already achieved combat sports success through kickboxing, winning a number of championships in that discipline, including a National Championship in his home country of Morocco. Since transitioning over to MMA in 2022, Bel...

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Abdelraham Alhyasat nearly finishes in third, scores unanimous decision win with striking and takedown defense

May 10, 2024

Known as “The Mental Rock,” Ahmed Tarek has started to build a name for himself in his native Egypt. In just four fights in two years, Tarek is already the 6th ranked Egyptian pro featherweight. The former amateur flyweight champion, a wrestling s...

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