We didn’t have Bellator or OneChampionship this weekend but that’s okay. We had PFL Playoffs go down Thursday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and we had UFC Boston at the TD Garden Friday night.
PFL Playoffs #8
Andre Harrison was the #5 seed in the tournament and his opponent Alex Gilpin was the #4 seed. Andre Harrison was the fan favorite in this fight, and he was also the betting favorite. Harrison was looking great until Gilpin pulled off this crazy modified Guillotine called the Ninja Choke.
Movlid Khaybulaev was the -550 favorite going into the fight. Daniel Pineda was making his PFL debut as a late replacement. Going into the fight Pienda was on a 4 fight finish streak, and now we know why! The fight started and he came out like a bat out of hell. He ran in, clips Movlid, and didn’t stop firing strikes until the ref came in and stopped it.
Jeremy Kennedy was the #6 seed while Luis Laurentino was the #3 seed. Kennedy lost in the 2nd week of the playoffs to Luis Laurentino by KO. So he was ready to get his revenge and did just that and ended up beating Luis Laurentino’s face in with some ground and pound.
Natan Schulte is the #1 seed for a reason. Ramsey Nijem came out and hit Schulte with a hard punch, dropping him. It was kinda looking like we had another upset on our hands until Schulte weathered the storm, reversed position, and locked a submission on him until he went to sleep.
Jeremy Kennedy Vs Daniel Pineda in the semi finals was not the fight I was expecting when the playoffs were first announced. Daniel Pineda again is trying to prove a point. He was already on a 5 fight finish streak, and he went out there and got his 6th finish in a row, and will face Lance Palmer in the championship on New Years Eve.
Akhmed Aliev was looking incredible all fight and was really dissecting Natan Schulte, but once again Schulte showed why he is a BJJ wizard. Earlier in the night Schulte put Ramsey Nijem to sleep. So what did he do in this fight? He locked in another submission and put Akhmed to bed, securing his spot in the championship against Loik Radzhabov on New Years Eve.
Brendan Allen came from the Contender Series, just like his opponent Kevin Holland. The first round was a great one with both fighters having some good moments. Kevin Holland was able to split Brendan Allen open with an elbow, but that didn’t stop him. The second round he went in there and got the submission and the first win in the UFC octagon.
Randy Costa was the slight underdog going into this fight because Boston Salmon hits so hard, and has a great boxing background. Costa didn’t listen to that noise though. Randy Costa went out there in his home state of Boston and got the Ref Herb Dean to call it.
Charles Rosa was making his return fight after 923 days without competing. Manny Bermudez was coming off a split decision loss against Casey Kenney at UFC241 where he was on the verge of missing weight, so they made the bout a Catchweight fight. You would think Manny Bermudez would make weight this time around, especially moving up to featherweight, but nope he missed weight again and had to surrender %20 of his purse to his opponent. Manny Bermudez is a BJJ specialist and the last way I expected this fight to go was a Charles Rosa stoppage win by submission. They don’t call him “Boston Strong” for nothing.
Maycee Barber isn’t nicknamed “The Future” for nothing. Gillian Robertson tried to implement her signature take down and go for the submission against Maycee. Too bad for her Maycee trains with Ben Askren and can defend the takedown with the best of them. As Maycee reversed position she put her against the cage, Gillian eventually shelled up and started taking too many unanswered shots until the ref stepped in to stop it.
Joe Lauzon showed why he is a UFC veteran and big brothered Jonathan Pearce the entire fight. Going into this fight, Lauzon hadn’t won by stoppage since 2016. Much to my surprise, he got the TKO finish in what could be his last fight ever in front all of Boston at the TD Garden in what he would call “his house”.
When this fight was announced, I knew Weidman bit off more than he could chew. This fight played out exactly how I thought. Weidman wasn’t able to get the takedown and hold him down like he wanted, Reyes eventually got back up, got enough seperation, put him down with a left cross, and pounded him out unconscious.