It’s a double PFL debut for a pair of unbeaten heavyweights looking to impress, and maybe even sneak their way into the PFL Playoffs, as Patrick Brady takes on Jordan Heiderman.
Brady comes into this fight with a 5-0 record, including a 4-0 record in Art of War Cage Fighting, where he became Heavyweight Champion.
Heiderman, who wrestled and played football in college before adding jiu-jitsu and boxing to his repertoire, enters this fight 6-0, including his five most recent fights in the LFA. In addition, Heiderman might be better known for his appearance on season 30 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.
With both competitors in this matchup competing in their first PFL bout this season, they each need a stoppage win to have any shot at clinching a spot in the PFL heavyweight playoffs. If they can get a finish, they then have to wait and see the results of later heavyweight matchups on the card.
Low kick by Brady to start. Brady tries to come forward with some aggression, but Heiderman briefly ties him up. Left hand and a low left kick by Brady. Heiderman lands a left hook. Brady with another low kick before backing Heiderman up with a right hand. Both work small combinations before another Brady low kick. A one-two from Heiderman before Brady briefly ties him up against the SmartCage. On the break, Brady lands a knee.
Brady lands a hook, with Heiderman answering with a close-in combination. A low kick from Heiderman lands, and it appears Brady’s right knee gives out, as he slumps to the mat in pain, unable to stand.
Jordan Heiderman batters Brady's legs and gets the TKO stoppage in the 1st round!— PFL (@PFLMMA) June 16, 2023
He will have to wait in the Bud Light fighters lounge as this win does not auto-clinch a #PFLPlayoffs Berth#PFLRegularSeason LIVE NOW
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Jordan Heiderman def. Patrick Brady via first-round TKO (verbal submission [injury], 2:26)