Clay Collard, Bubba Jenkins, Brendan Loughnane, Loik Radzhabov, Chris Wade earn places in the PFL Playoffs 2021 – PFL 5 will take place on Thursday, June 17th in primetime via ESPN networks and streaming platforms
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – June 10, 2021 – The second half of the Professional Fighters League (PFL) regular season kicked off with an action-packed start Thursday night as five fighters punched their tickets to the 2021 PFL playoffs and twice The Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist Claressa Shields won an impressive PFL MMA debut.
In the final fight of the nine-fight event, Shields TKO defeated Brittney Elkin with a vicious ground and pound attack. Shields held Elkin’s ground attacks in the first two rounds before ending the show in the third round.
In the co-main event, “Cassius” Clay Collard got three points and a trip to the PFL playoffs with a split-decision win over Joilton Lutterbach. In a close fight, Bubba Jenkins won a unanimous decision over Bobby Moffett to claim a fifth straight win and secure his spot in the PFL playoffs. Brendan Loughnane secured a place in the PFL playoffs with a highly competitive majority decision over Tyler Diamond.
Loik Radzhabov set a PFL lightweight record for the fastest break in league history with a 27-second knockout in the first round against Akhmed Aliev, scooping up six points. With Olivier Aubin-Mercier’s unanimous win over Marcin Held later that night, Radzhabov secured a place in the 2021 playoffs.
In the first fight of the night, Chris Wade knocked out Arman Ospanov in the second round – the first of his career – to collect five points and win his third straight appearance in the PFL playoffs.
“What an exciting event to kick off the second half of the regular PFL season, with five fighters securing their places in the 2021 playoffs and Claressa Shields making her MMA debut with a strong knockout,” said Peter Murray, PFL CEO. “Tonight has shown an intensity that only the Professional Fighters League can deliver with our unique True Season format, in which every athlete was faced with a win-or-go home scenario. I know that our two remaining regular season events will be a spectacle that will keep us going, and I can’t wait for our playoff field to be completed. ”
“PFL 4 continued the momentum from the first half of the regular season when our light and featherweights delivered a stellar event for more than 550 million MMA fans around the world,” said Ray Sefo, PFL President of Fighter Operations . “Our fighters have demonstrated the mental and physical skills it takes to secure a spot in the PFL playoffs and I can’t wait to see the regular season finale for our world and light heavyweights next week . “
In previous actions, two-time PFL lightweight champion Natan Schulte recovered from his first loss in four years and won a split decision over the previously undefeated Alexander Martinez. The result increased Schultes’ points in the regular season to three, and he remains in the battle for the PFL playoffs. Sheymon Moraes remains in playoff competition after submitting in the second round against Jesse Stirn.
The remaining playoff spots in the light and featherweight divisions will be determined after the peak of PFL 6 on Thursday, June 24th.
The PFL returns to the Ocean Casino Resort next Thursday, June 17, when the world championship and league light heavyweights make their final push for the 2021 PFL playoffs. After a dominant performance in his PFL debut, Rory MacDonald is determined to continue his momentum and secure a place in the PFL playoffs. 2019 PFL light heavyweight champion Emiliano Sordi is currently in 4th place as he seeks to break away from the pack and secure another world title.
All events for the 2021 PFL season will be broadcast at prime time on ESPN networks and streaming platforms, as well as a broad and diverse group of world-class global channel partner platforms in 160 countries around the world.
Claressa Shields def. Brittney Elkin through 3rd round TKO (1:44)
Clay Collard def. Joilton Lutterbach after split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bubba Jenkins def. Bobby Moffett by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Brendan Loughnane def. Tyler Diamond by majority vote (29-27, 28-28, 30-27)
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Natan Schulte def. Alexander Martinez after split decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-29)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Marcin held by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Loik Radzhabov def. Achmed Aliev knocked out by 1st round (0:27)
Sheymon Moraes def. Jesse’s forehead through 2nd round submission (4:59)
Chris Wade def. Arman Ospanov knocked out by 2nd round (2:18)