Following our main event, the action continues on ESPN+ as Ali Taleb (7-0) meets Darius Mafi (3-0) in a PFL Europe Qualifier bout with the winner securing a spot in the 2023 PFL Europe Series. With 6 of his 7 wins coming by stoppage, Taleb looks to prove he belongs on the big stage while Mafi brings 3 straight 1st round finishes into this pivotal bout.
Mafi takes the center of the SmartCage early as both men feel each other out and try to find the striking range. Taleb throws a front kick that lands partially and the volume is quite low from both men through the 1st minute of action.
Mafi now shoots a takedown but Taleb reverses position and is grinding him against the SmartCage now. Taleb lands a nice short knee and jumps an arm in guillotine and that’s tight!
The ref is taking a close look as Mafi can’t tap with his arms secured and that’ll do it! Mafi goes out and Taleb has qualified for the 2023 PFL Europe Series!
Ali Taleb Gets it done in the 1st round!— PFL (@PFLMMA) August 20, 2022
May also have to add Gary Copeland to the roster in 2023...#PFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/T1KLlPnNvW
Ali Taleb earns a spot in the 2023 PFL Europe Series with a nasty submission victory!
Ali Taleb def. Darius Mafi via 1st Round Submission (Guillotine, 1:58)