UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The fifth installment of the 2018 PFL regular season will take place tonight, August 2, at NYCB LIVE: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The 16 fighters will compete in hopes of having the chance to claim a piece of the $10 million prize pool and a championship title.
In the main event, 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.
PFL 5 official results and fighter quotes:
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Natan Schulte defeated Jason High by technical submission (rear naked-choke) at 4:18 of the first round. The stoppage victory earned Schulte six points towards making the 2018 PFL Playoffs in the lightweight division.
“Jason High is a guy I admire a whole lot. Tough to fight a guy this way but it is what it is. Happy to be 2-0 and I’m gonna take this momentum to the playoffs! Thank God!”
Vinny Magalhaes defeated Brandon Halsey by TKO (referee stoppage – strikes) at 1:34 of the first round. The first round victory earns Magalhaes six points and clinches the first seed in light heavyweight division of the 2018 PFL Playoffs.
“This is the second fight in a row that my wife and kids have called the finishing move. My kid told me to land the high kick and it was there. We’ll see what they call for next time in the playoffs. It feels good to be the number one seed and I’m ready to show everyone I’m the guy who is going to win it all.”
Will Brooks defeated Robert Watley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27) after three rounds. The victory earned Brooks three points towards making the 2018 PFL Playoffs in the lightweight division.
“I told everyone when I signed up for this I was coming for that $1 million. I’m not playing around in here, I hear them boo but they don’t bother me at all. I have two kids now and that is a lot of diapers to buy. I dominated him the entire fight and it’s just the next step to me winning this whole thing.”
Maxim Grishin defeated Rakim Cleveland by submission (rear naked-choke) at 4:03 of the second round. The stoppage victory earns Grishin five points towards making the 2018 PFL Playoffs in the light heavyweight division.
“I knew Rakim’s style from the gym. I am very respectful of my opponent but I believe my victory was the right thing to happen. Now lets plan for October and the playoffs.”
Rashid Magomedov defeated Luiz Firmino by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28) after three rounds. The victory earned Magomedov three points towards making the 2018 PFL Playoffs in the lightweight division.
“Firmino is an experienced veteran, a high intensity boxer. It was a very tough fight and I had a great time inside the cage today. It feels good to be back.”
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Chris Wade defeated Yuki Kawana by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:24 of the first round. The stoppage win earned Wade six points towards making the 2018 PFL Playoffs in the lightweight division.
“This win, here, means the world to me. These are my people and the way they support me is amazing. I’m back on track, these points mean so much, and I’m ready to go after that $1 million now.”
“I knew he was going to come out and I really thought I had him dead to rights early in that round. He is tough but I stayed after it and put him way.”
Dan Spohn defeated Artur Alibulatov by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27 & 29-27) after the bout was halted due to an illegal blow. Alibulatov landed a second kick to the groin of Spohn, forcing the cageside doctor to call a halt to the fight. Since the fight was in the third round the bout went to the judges. After a point deduction for the foul, Spohn was awarded the victory and three points towards making the 2018 PFL Playoffs in the light heavyweight division.
“I really didn’t want to win like that but it is great to be in the playoffs. I felt like I was going to finish him that round, I controlled the whole fight with my ring generalship and really wanted that extra point. The only time he did anything was when he kicked me in (the groin) and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t an accident.”
Thiago Tavares defeated Arthur Estrazulas by split-decision (29-28, 28-29 & 29-28) after three rounds. With the win Tavares earned three points towards making the 2018 PFL Playoffs in the lightweight division.
“Let them know! This win just got my next two years of medical school paid for. Life is good! Floripa, I’m coming home.”