Heavyweights closed out the PFL Playoffs prelims on ESPN+ Thursday evening, as Brazil’s Renan Ferreira took on Great Britain’s Stuart Austin.
For Ferreira, the bout undoubtedly came with a little extra motivation, as he finished sixth in the heavyweight rankings during the Regular Season and missed the Playoffs as a result. Ferreira defeated Fabricio Werdum via TKO and won a unanimous decision over Carl Seumanutafa, but his TKO win was overturned to a no decision after Werdum and his team contested the result.
Now, Ferreira looked to prove he belonged in the Playoffs with a win over Austin.
Uhh … It’s over.
It’s already over.
They circle, and Ferreira lands a brutal, textbook, savage right hand to cap off a 1-2 that sends Austin crashing to the mat. Ferreira follows up but pulls back, realizing his opponent is done.
That’s one way to do it.
Four strikes thrown, four strikes landed for Ferreira. But it was the final right hand that got the job done. That was crispy clean, and he’s undoubtedly on Ray Sefo’s radar for next year’s tournament.
Official Result: Renan Ferreira def. Stuart Austin via knockout (punch), Round 1 (0:31)