2018 $1 million champs Lance Palmer, Natan Schulte return at PFL 2019, Week 5
Featherweights and lightweights in the Professional Fighters League’s second season will be on display in a month in New Jersey.
The fifth event of the PFL’s 2019 season has its lineup mostly set for Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City on July 11, the promotion announced Monday. Included on the card will be a pair of 2018 $1 million playoff winners.
Lance Palmer (18-3), who won the 2018 featherweight season, fights for the second time this season when he takes on Luis Rafael Laurentino (34-1). And Natan Schulte (16-3-1), the 2018 lightweight season winner, takes on Ramsey Nijem (10-7).
In addition, the current top-ranked fighters in each of the two divisions are back in action. Chris Wade (15-5) closes out the night against the current No. 1 lightweight in the division, Akhmed Aliev (18-4). And Andre Harrison (21-1) takes on current featherweight No. 1 Movlid Khaybulaev, who picked up a PFL record 10-second KO earlier this season for six points in the standings.
Palmer was a perfect 5-0 in the PFL’s first season. He picked up three points with a unanimous decision over Alex Gilpin earlier this year. His opponent, Laurentino, has a stellar 34-1 record and is coming off a 23-second knockout of Jeremy Kennedy to open the season with six points.
Schulte submitted Bao Yincang earlier this year for six points for the first-round win. Nijem has three points in the standings, but didn’t have to fight to get them. He got a walkover win at PFL 2019, Week 2, when Ronys Torres pulled out with an injury.
The PFL 2019, Week 5 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (ESPN2)
- (155) Akhmed Aliev vs. Chris Wade
- (145) Luis Rafael Laurentino vs. Lance Palmer
- (155) Nate Andrews vs. Rashid Magomedov
- (145) Gadzhi Rabadanov vs. opponent TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+)
- (155) Ramsey Nijem vs. Natan Schulte
- (145) Andre Harrison vs. Movlid Khaybulaev
- (155) Islam Mamedov vs. Bao Yincang
- (155) Ylies Djiroun vs. Loik Radzhabov
- (145) Alex Gilpin vs. opponent TBA
- (155) Jesse Ronson vs. Carlos Silva
- (145) Alexandre Almeida vs. Peter Petties
- (145) Jeremy Kennedy vs. Steven Siler