Four fighters advanced for a chance to compete for million-dollar checks in New York on Dec. 31, as Lance Palmer, Steven Siler, Philipe Lins and Josh Copeland made it to the PFL featherweight and heavyweight playoffs with wins at the PFL 8 show Friday night in New Orleans.
The first fighter to guarantee a spot in the featherweight final was Lance Palmer. The former WSOF champion got past Max Coga via decision in a 10-minute quarterfinal bout. On the other side of the bracket, Andre Harrison improved to 20-0 in MMA with a win over Alexandre Bezerra.
Palmer vs. Harrison, a rematch of a 2017 WSOF fight, crowned Palmer the PFL finalist. With a very methodical and strategical performance, the featherweight handed Harrison his first MMA loss after taking his back and controlling the action in rounds two and three to win via unanimous decision.
“I said all along that in the first fight I only had one had to grapple with after breaking it early on,” Palmer said after the win. “Everyone saw tonight what I can do when I’m fully healthy. And now it is time for the final and I always expected to be in the final. I can’t wait until December.”