Professional Fighters League (PFL) 5 is set for Atlantic City on July 25th
The Professional Fighters League is taking over Atlantic City for the second half of the 2019 season, starting with PFL 4 on July 11th and continuing with PFL 5 on July 25 and PFL 6 on August 8. With PFL’s unique season format, these final Regular Season events will determine who makes the Playoffs and at what seed.
The PFL has unveiled the fight card for PFL 5, which will feature Featherweight and Lightweight action. Please see full fight card below, in addition to some top storylines heading into the event.
Chris Wade and Andre Harrison take on the #1s
- After hometown wins at PFL 2 on Long Island, Chris Wade and Andre Harrison each face tough tasks at PFL 5. They both fight the top-seeded fighter in their respective divisions. Wade faces Akhmed Aliev, who leads the Lightweight Division after a first-round KO of Carlao Silva at PFL 2, in the last fight of the night. Harrison faces Movlid Khaybulaev, who is fresh off the fastest finish in PFL history, a 10-second flying knee KO of Damon Jackson that put the Russian at the top of the Featherweight standings.
Luis Rafael Laurentino takes on 2018 Champ Lance Palmer
- Lance “The Party” Palmer won last year’s Featherweight title after a perfect 5-0 season. This year at PFL 2, he continued that unbeaten run with a dominant unanimous decision win over Alex Gilpin. But Palmer now faces a matchup that could be his most challenging yet. Luis Rafael Laurentino enters this fight with a 34-1-0 record, and the 26-year-old is coming off a shocking 23-second TKO of the highly-regarded PFL newcomer Jeremy Kennedy.
Natan Schulte Backing up his 2018 Lightweight Title
- Natan Schulte won last year’s Lightweight title and walked away with $1 million, but some felt his split decision win vs. Chris Wade in the semifinals and his unanimous decision win vs. Rashid Magomedov in the finals could have gone the other way. Despite being the champ, Schulte has something to prove this year and he took the first step towards silencing doubters at PFL 2 when he submitted Bao Yincang in the 1st round to score 6 points, leaving nothing to the judges. Now he faces veteran Ramsey Nijem, who spent the majority of his career with the UFC, going 5-5 in 10 fights. Nijem will be fresh after earning a walkover and 3 points at PFL 2 following a pre-fight injury to his opponent, Ronys Torres.
FULL PFL 5 FIGHT CARD
|12||155||CHRIS WADE (15W 5L)||AKHMED ALIEV (18W 4L)|
|LIGHTWEIGHT||LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (EAST ISLIP KICKBOXING / LONG ISLAND MMA)||ASTRAKHAN, RUSSIA (FC UNIVERSAL FIGHTERS)|
|11||145||LANCE PALMER (18W 3L)||LUIS RAFAEL LAURENTINO (34W 1L)|
|FEATHERWEIGHT||COLUMBUS, OHIO (NICK CATONE MMA)||BALNEARIO CAMBORIU, BRAZIL (ASTRA FIGHT TEAM)|
|10||155||RASHID MAGOMEDOV (23W 3L 1D)||NATE ANDREWS (15W 2L)|
|LIGHTWEIGHT||DAGESTAN, RUSSIA (GORETS MMA)||PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (TRI FORCE MMA & NE BOXING)|
|9||145||GADZHI RABADANOV (11W 3L 1D)||TBD|
|FEATHERWEIGHT||DAGESTAN, RUSSIA (ABDULMANAP NURMAGOMEDOV SCHOOL)|
|8||155||NATAN SCHULTE (16W 3L 1D)||RAMSEY NIJEM (10W 7L)|
|LIGHTWEIGHT||JOINVILLE, BRAZIL (AMERICAN TOP TEAM)||SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (TEMPLE MMA)|
|7||145||ANDRE HARRISON (21W 1L)||MOVLID KHAYBULAEV (14W 0L)|
|FEATHERWEIGHT||LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (BELLMORE KICKBOXING)||DAGESTAN, RUSSIA (EAGLES MMA)|
|6||155||ISLAM MAMEDOV (17W 2L)||BAO YINCANG (12W 7L 1NC)|
|LIGHTWEIGHT||DAGESTAN, RUSSIA (CHAMPION DERBENT)||XI’AN, CHINA (EXTREME SANDA)|
|5||155||LOIK RADZHABOV (11W 1L)||YLIES DJIROUN (16W 5L)|
|LIGHTWEIGHT||DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN (AKBAR FIGHT CLUB)||PARIS, FRANCE (VENUM TC & FKA)|
|4||145||ALEX GILPIN (12W 2L)||TBD|
|FEATHERWEIGHT||MADISON, WISCONSIN (CHOSEN FEW GYM)|
|3||155||CARLAO SILVA (11W 2L)||JESSE RONSON (20W 8L)|
|LIGHTWEIGHT||SANTA CRUZ, BRAZIL (NOVA UNIAO)||LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA (ADRENALINE TRAINING CENTER)|
|2||145||ALEXANDRE ALMEIDA (20W 9L)||PETER PETTIES (8W 5L 1NC)|
|FEATHERWEIGHT||MANAUS, BRAZIL (XTREME COUTURE)||COLUMBIA, MARYLAND (Team Lloyd Irvin)|
|1||145||STEVEN SILER (32W 19L 1D)||JEREMY KENNEDY (13W 2L)|
|FEATHERWEIGHT||PROVO, UTAH (FACTORY X)||SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (XTREME COUTURE)|