Chris Wade kicked his means into the playoffs – actually.
Final yr’s Skilled Fighters League light-weight semifinalist used a barrage of kicks to document a unanimous determination victory (29-28 throughout the scorecards) over Akhmed Aliev in the primary occasion of PFL 5 on Thursday night time on the Ocean On line casino Resort in Atlantic Metropolis, N.J., and reside on ESPN2.
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Wade picked up three factors for the win, ended his common season 2-Zero and clinched the third general spot within the light-weight playoffs, which is able to begin with quarterfinal matchup Oct. 17 on the Mandalay Bay Occasions Heart in Las Vegas.
There, he’ll have an opportunity to advance farther than he did final yr and probably land a rematch towards defending champion Natan Schulte, who cruised previous Jesse Ronson earlier within the night time to lock up the No. 1 general seed. Schulte eked previous Wade by break up determination in final yr’s semis earlier than profitable the match and its $1 million prize.
Thursday night time, “The Long Island Killer” tried and landed kicks – at a shocking 62 p.c clip – with unhealthy intentions to get the nod over Aliev.
Wade will start the PFL’s second postseason by going through Nate Andrews within the opening spherical. The nice half about that for Wade is that he scored a unanimous determination over Andrews at PFL 2 in May, so he ought to head into their rematch with confidence – particularly contemplating rather more will probably be on the road in October.
Here is how the remainder of the light-weight playoff bracket seems to be:
Lance Palmer kilos out Rafael Laurentino with third-round TKO (punches) to grab 4 factors and high spot in featherweight playoffs
Palmer will enter the PFL playoffs the best way he completed final yr’s inaugural season – as No. 1. The 2018 featherweight champion made his win Thursday look somewhat surgical.
The victory gave Palmer 4 factors and the highest general seed within the featherweight postseason, which may even start with quarterfinal bouts on Oct. 17 at Mandalay Bay.
The end got here when Palmer swiftly took Laurentino’s again and started pummeling him with fists from the highest place till the referee stepped in and stopped the bout. “The Party” earned his first profession knockout as he improved to 7-Zero within the PFL.
That left the defending champion breaking out his greatest dance strikes in celebration.
Palmer now has a possibility to deposit one other cool million into his checking account on this yr’s playoffs.
“I always say, ‘Welcome to the party!'” Palmer stated within the cage throughout his postfight interview. “I’m excited for the win and ready for Vegas.”
Here is how the remainder of the featherweight playoff bracket seems to be:
Nate Andrews scores controversial unanimous determination win over Rashid Magomedov to realize three factors and clinch closing spot in light-weight playoffs
The judges gave the slightest nod to Andrews (29-28 throughout all of the scorecards) for not solely the win, but in addition a postseason berth.
That did not cease Magomedov’s devoted followers from attempting to drown out Andrews’ postfight interview with boos. He might solely resort to barking again with chants of “U-S-A!”
Andrews landed extra strikes by a 19 p.c margin, however the determination might have gone in Magomed’s favor – the struggle was that shut.
Alex Gilpin places squeeze on Freddy Assuncao with first-round submission (guillotine choke) to gather six factors
His again towards the cage, Gilpin managed to lure Assuncao in a standing guillotine choke earlier than making use of further torque and taking the Brazilian right down to the canvas to the purpose the place he handed out.
Gilpin completed the 2019 PFL common season 1-1, with the win clinching a spot within the featherweight playoffs.
Jeremy Kennedy edges Steven Siler by unanimous determination to earn three factors, make featherweight playoffs
After dropping to Luis Rafael Laurentino by first-round TKO throughout PFL 2, Kennedy was confronted with a easy check in PFL 5 – win or go house. He principally managed the motion to get the nod from the judges (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) and clinch a playoff berth.
“I’m glad I passed this test,” Kennedy stated within the cage following his win, “and I’m moving on.”
Kennedy’s hard-fought victory was particularly important, contemplating he eradicated Siler, final yr’s featherweight runner-up, from making the playoffs.
After the bout, the 2 shared a slice of pizza as a part of their postfight meal.
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- Natan Schulte def. Jesse Ronson through unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to garner three factors and clinch playoff spot; lightweights.
- Movlid Khaybulaev and Andre Harrison fought to a majority draw (29-28 Harrison, 28-28, 28-28); every secured one level and clinched a spot within the playoffs; featherweights.
- Alexandre Almeida def. Peter Petties by unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to gather three factors; featherweights.
- Islam Mamedov def. Bao Yincang through first-round TKO (punches) to seize six factors and clinch a playoff spot; lightweights.
- Loik Radzhabov def. Ylies Djiroun by break up determination (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) to earn three factors and a playoff spot; lightweights.