PFL Playoffs: The 2022 PFL Playoffs begin Friday, August 5 at the Hollow Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York, New York. The first playoffs will be a lightweight and light heavyweight. The top four fighters in each weight class will compete to determine who will be the two finalists for their respective 2022 championships and the $1 million prize.
The card is headlined by lightweights Anthony Pettis and Steve Ray, who face off in a rematch of their fight on June 24. The bout saw Ray pull off a rare, modified twister on Pettis in the second round. The Pats and Rays are the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, earning 6 and 5 points, respectively. The two enter the playoffs going 1-1 on the season, with Pats defeating Myles Price via first-round triangle and Ray losing to fellow semifinalist Alexander Martinez via unanimous decision.
The other lightweight playoff bout will be Olivier Aubin-Mercier taking on Alexandre Martinez. The No. 2 and No. 3 seeds went 2-0 in the regular season with both taking two decisions for six points each. Aubin-Mercier defeated 2-time PFL Lightweight Champion Nate Schulte via split decision and last year’s champion Raush Manfio via unanimous decision. Martinez defeated Ray by unanimous decision and Clay Collard by split decision.
Robert Wilkinson took on Dylan Monty in one of two light heavyweight playoff bouts. Wilkinson, the No. 1. Seed at light heavyweight had an impressive regular season with 11 points with second- and first-round TKOs over Bruce Soto and Victor Pesta and is the favorite to win the title. His opponent Monte went 1-1 in the regular season, losing to last year’s light heavyweight champion, Antonio Carlos Jr. via first-round submission, then defeating 2019 champion Emiliano Sordi by first-round TKO in six. Points earned.
In the other light heavyweight bout, Omari Akhmedov will take on Josh Silvera. Akhmedov had a strong season with a 2-0 record. He defeated Victor Pesta by KO in the first round and Theodorus Oxtoulis by arm triangle in the second round to earn 11 points and the No. 2 seed. His opponent Silvera replaces semifinalist Antonio Carlos Jr., who was ruled out of the tournament last month with an ACL injury. Silveira, the son of legendary MMA coach Conan Silveira, entered the regular season late due to an injury and fought just once, a first-round TKO over Martin Hamlett to earn six points.
PFL playoff weigh-in results: Anthony Pettus vs. Steve Ray 2
Main Card (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET)
Anthony Pettus (155.6) vs. Stevie Ray (155.8) – Welterweight Semi-Finals
Omari Akhmedov (204.6) vs. Josh Silveira (206) – Light Heavyweight Semifinals
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155) vs. Alexander Martinez (156) – Welterweight semifinals
Rob Wilkinson (205.8) vs. Dylan Monte (205.2) – Light Heavyweight Semi-Finals
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
Alexei Pergande (155.8) vs. Elvis Quiles (155.8)
Lucas Barbosa (169.6) vs. Elmer Umarov (171)
Ricardo Jimenez (144.2) vs. Burhan Zurcher (146) – 2023 Challenger Series Qualifier
Alvin Espinoza (154.4) vs. Corey Jackson (156) – 2023 Challenger Series Qualifier
Postliminal Qualifiers (ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET)
Marcelo Nunes (244.2) vs. Dylan Potter (255.2) – 2023 Heavyweight Qualifier
Martin Hamlett vs Corey Hendricks – 2023 Light Heavyweight Qualifier
Itso Babulaidze (170.8) vs. Mahmoud Sibi (170.8)