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The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, is set for its fifth event of the Regular Season this Thursday, June 17 on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN+. Fighters across the welterweight and light heavyweight divisions will make their final push of the regular season to earn a spot in the playoffs, facing win-or-go-home scenarios.
PFL 5 begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ (English and Spanish), then the action continues on ESPN2 and ESPN3 (Spanish) at 9 p.m. ET.
Welterweight division leaders Rory MacDonald and Ray Cooper III, both coming of off impressive first round submission wins, look to clinch Playoff spots. MacDonald will take on MMA veteran Gleison Tibau in the PFL 5 main event, while Cooper III squares off with Nikolai Aleksakhin, who looks to punch his ticket to the playoffs. 2019 PFL light heavyweight champion Emiliano Sordi, who currently sits on the verge of a playoff appearance, will face Dan Spohn on the main card. Sordi and Spohn, battling in the final light heavyweight fight of the night, will know exactly what is needed to secure their place in the playoffs. Current light heavyweight division leader Cezar Ferreira steps into the SmartCage against Chris Camozzi.
Not to be overlooked, Magomed Magomedkerimov faces a win-or-go-home scenario in his welterweight bout against Curtis Millender. Brazilian finisher Antonio Carlos Jr. looks to lock up a playoff position against Vinny Magalhaes. All this and much more action comes your way at PFL 5.
PFL 5 is the last chance for the welterweights and light heavyweights to earn playoff spot during the PFL regular season. With six weight divisions (featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight, women’s lightweight, heavyweight) the top four fighters with the most points in each division will make the playoffs. In the playoffs, fighters compete to punch their ticket to the 2021 PFL world championship, the biggest night in MMA – 6 title fights in one night, the winner of each earns $1 million. 60 fighters started the season – only 24 will qualify for the playoffs.
Calling the live action will be play-by-play announcer and former world champion, Sean O’Connell. He’ll be joined by Hall of Famer and MMA legend Randy Couture and one of the most popular MMA personalities today, Kenny Florian.
ESPN2 and ESPN3 Card
- Rory MacDonald vs. Gleison Tibau
- Ray Cooper III vs. Nikolai Aleksakhin
- Emiliano Sordi vs. Dan Spohn
- Cezar Ferreira vs. Chris Camozzi
- Antonio Carlos Jr. vs Vinny Magalhaes
- Marthin Hamlet vs. Cory Hendricks
- Joao Zeferino vs. Jason Ponet
- Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Curtis Millender
- Tom Lawlor vs. Jordan Young
- Sadibou Sy vs. Aleksei Kunchenko
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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