UNIONDALE, N.Y. — This afternoon, the elite fighters slated to compete in PFL5 weighed-in before competing in Thursday night’s highly-anticipated PFL5 event.
The fifth installment of the 2018 PFL regular season will take place tomorrow, August 2, at NYCB LIVE: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. PFL5 will continue the road to the playoffs in October for the league’s lightweight and light heavyweight fighters.
The 16 fighters will compete in hopes of clinching a berth in the post-season where they will have the chance to claim a piece of the $10 million prize pool and a championship title.
Eager MMA fans have a stacked eight-bout card to look forward to. Jason High will be entering the cage again after a controversial loss at PFL2. High will take on Natan Schulte, who impressed in his PFL2 bout with Chris Wade. Wade, a Long Island-native from Islip, New York, will also be featured on the slate. He’ll be taking on Yuki Kawana in a must-win bout.
Originally scheduled to be a nine-fight event, PFL5 lost a lightweight bout when Efrain Escudero missed weight. His opponent, Islam Mamedov, was awarded a walkover victory and three points towards making the 2018 PFL Playoffs. Mamedov will take home both his show and win money in addition to the valuable points.
“As we get closer to the playoffs the stakes get higher and higher,” said PFL President of Fighting Operations Ray Sefo. “The action has been great and I expect the fighters to continue to bring it as the regular season comes to a close for PFL5 competitors.”
PFL 5 lineup and weigh-in results:
(NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)
Jason High (155.8) vs. Natan Schulte (155.4)
Vinny Magalhaes (204.6) vs. Brandon Halsey (205.6)
Will Brooks (155.8) vs. Robert Watley (156)
Maxim Grishin (204.2) vs. Rakim Cleveland (205)
(Facebook, 3:30 p.m. ET)
Rashid Magomedov (155.6) vs. Luiz Firmino (155.8)
Chris Wade (155.2) vs. Yuki Kawana (155.8)
Dan Spohn (205.2) vs. Artur Alibulatov (201.4)
Islam Mamedov (155.2) vs. Efrain Escudero (163.2)
Thiago Tavares (155) vs. Arthur Estrazulas (155.6)
* Escuero missed weight and the bout was cancelled