Good luck picking a winner for Week 5 of the PFL Challenger Series.
To kick off the evening, Yanal Ashmouz put on a dominant performance en route to a unanimous-decision victory –– then the finishes began.
First, Michael Dufont choked out Arut Pogosjan.
Then Damir Ferhatbegovic knocked out BJ Bland.
Then Bruno Miranda sent Carson Frei to the canvas with a brutal uppercut in Round 3 of the final bout of the night.
“These guys are all living up to the whole [Challenger Series] so far,” PFL President Ray Sefo said. “I mean, we’ve had finishes every night we’ve been out here … Best of luck. There’s only one contract, guys.”
Four fights, four dominant, definitive performances. Who will get the PFL contract?
AND THEN THERE WERE TWO
Before the celebrity judges took over, Sean O’Connell narrowed down the field to two finalists.
First up? “The Bosnian Barn Cat” Damir Ferhatbegovic with his first-round knockout.
The second choice wasn’t easy, but it came shortly after:
Dufort and Ashmouz have been eliminated. #PFLonFuboTV pic.twitter.com/Wh0vXaFLmx— PFL (@PFLMMA) March 19, 2022
Clearly, knockouts won the day as both men who earned stoppages from strikes moved on for the celebrity panel and for the fans at home.
CELEBRITY JUDGES PICK
Vitor Belfort said it best: “Tonight was a very hard night.”
No doubt. This pick was difficult, and the MMA legend acknowledged that the celebrity panel couldn’t agree on a unanimous pick. That said, two out of three of them agreed on one man:
Bruno Miranda. We go to the fans.
Hey, it wouldn’t be another week of the PFL Challenger Series without some drama, right?
Of course, the Bud Light fan vote came through … and Ferhatbegovic won it. That’s a split-decision, ladies and gentlemen. It’s up to Sefo to break the tie.
AND THE CONTRACT GOES TO…
After a quick word praising both men, Sefo cut to the chase:
Miranda takes home the PFL contract.
Welcome to the NXT LVL, @brunorobusto!— PFL (@PFLMMA) March 19, 2022
B2YB @TakeoverInd #PFLonFuboTV pic.twitter.com/JwReUWxjzd
While Ferhatbegovic was clearly disappointed, Miranda was undoubtedly a worthy winner as well. In addition to that fancy new contract, Miranda took home $5,000 for the Columbia Care Move of the Night:
ITS ALL OVER!! Bruno Miranda gets it done in the 3rd round!#PFLonFuboTV pic.twitter.com/0A5vYVPUJt— PFL (@PFLMMA) March 19, 2022
Enjoy the format? Good.
The PFL Challenger Series returns next Friday, March 25, for another week of action. See you then.