The Professional Fighters League continues its 2021 regular season with its penultimate week tonight (June 17) from Atlantic City, NJ.
PFL’s Week 5 sees longtime UFC welterweight contender and former Bellator champion Rory MacDonald take on fellow UFC veteran Gleison Tibau at 170 lbs. In the light heavyweight division, Emiliano Sordi battles Dan Spohn.
In case you’re new to PFL and not up to speed on the rules: Everyone competes twice in the regular season, with three five-minute rounds (but no elbows), and the points system works as follows:
Win – 3 pts
First round stoppage – 3 bonus pts
Second round stoppage – 2 bonus pts
Third round stoppage – 1 bonus pt
Draw – 1 pt for each fighter
Loss – 0 points
Week 5 is all about the light heavies and the welterweights, and Bloody Elbow is the place to be to discuss the event. The prelims begin at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN+ and followed by the main card at 9 PM ET on ESPN2. International viewers can find their outlet here.
The fight card is as follows:
ESPN2 Card (9 PM ET)
Gleison Tibau def. Rory MacDonald via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ray Cooper III def. Nikolay Aleksakhin via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Emiliano Sordi vs. Dan Spohn ends in a unanimous draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Chris Camozzi def. Cezar Ferreira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
ESPN+ Card (5:30 PM ET)
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Vinny Magalhaes ends in No Contest (groin strike) at 2:45 of Rounrd 1
Cory Hendricks def. Marthin Hamlet via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:09 of Round 3
Joao Zeferino def. Jason Ponet via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:16 of Round 2
Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Curtis Millender via submission (ezekiel choke) at 1:57 of Round 1
Tom Lawlor def. Jordan Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sadibou Sy def. Alexey Kunchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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