2022 PFL Championships: Preview and weigh-in results

In yet another year of unexpected surprises, PFL winds down to their final event for the year with their championship fights. Each divisional winner…

By: Victor Rodriguez | 6 months ago
2022 PFL Championships: Preview and weigh-in results
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In yet another year of unexpected surprises, PFL winds down to their final event for the year with their championship fights. Each divisional winner takes home ae a a cool million, along with bragging rights for the year.

What makes this year vastly different is the amount of upsets that have led to the landscape changing drastically during the playoffs. Now the finals have a fair amount of newer faces and some fighters that haven’t been this close to the top.

All of this is a net good, by the way. It’s interesting to see lesser-known participants work through the field to get here. But we’re gonna start by discussing the most well-known fighter under the company’s umbrella, Kayla Harrison.

Harrison remains undefeated at 15-0, and has already fought against Larissa Pacheco (18-4) twice. Given the tournament format, we’re here again, with the devastating striker hoping the third time’s the charm to overcome the overwhelming odds. To her credit, Pacheco’s gotten even better at focusing the power in her shots and doesn’t need to land much to put someone away – or at least in grave danger.

The featherweight title has a pair of new faces facing each other for the first time. Bubba Jenkins (19-5) sealed the deal after two decision wins and notched a lovely submission win to get here. Brendan Loughnane (25-4) had some consistent and sturdy performances to earn three decision wins (one of them a technical decision). Jenkins has utilized his wrestling heavily but his slick boxing has also helped a big deal. Loughnane has used his range and his kicking game with a controlling clinch as his aides.

Light heavyweight has a real treat, as Ante Delija (22-5) finally broke free from the pack to be a major threat. And he meets Brazil’s Matheus Scheffel (17-8) in a bout of heavy-hitters, although Delija has more submission threats and more layers to his striking arsenal. Scheffel makes up for it in power and ferocity, but will want to be careful against the measured veteran.

Stevie Ray (25-10) displayed ground dominance en route to the finals with back to back wins over Anthony Pettis. He meets Olivier Aubin-Mercier, who has had a nice run in hard-fought battles to reach the finish line.

Sadibou Sy (12-6, 2 draws) won three straight by decision after imposing his size and smarts to control and outpace opponents. He’ll fight for the welterweight championship against surprise success Dilano Taylor (10-2), who bounced back from a loss to Magomed Magomedkerimov with a sensational upset against former UFC and Bellator star Rory MacDonald.

Omari Akhmedov (24-7, 1 draw) looks like a totally different fighter from his UFC days. He squares off against fellow UFC vet Rob Wilkinson (16-2), who has also made strides in his evolution having three straight finishes in 2022.

Julia Budd (16-4) welcomes Aspen Ladd (9-3) to the PFL cage at featherweight, while Sheymon Moraes (14-6) and Marlon Moraes (23-10, 1 draw – no relation) have a Brazilian striker battle. Jeremy Stephens (29-20) faces former champ Natan Schulte (22-5, 1 draw) at lightweight, and Gleison Tibau (yes, that Gleison – 36-16) meets Magomed Magomedkerimov (20-6) in what could be an under-the-radar banger.

Finally, alternates for each division also weighed in should they be needed for the event.

You can check out the weigh-ins right here:

Full card is as follows:

Kayla Harrison (154.4) vs. Larissa Pacheco (154.2) – Lightweight final

Brendan Loughnane (144.8) vs. Bubba Jenkins (145) – Featherweight final

Ante Delija (241.8) vs. Matheus Scheffel (256.4) – Heavyweight final

Aspen Ladd (145.4) vs. Julia Budd (146) – Lightweight showcase

Stevie Ray (154.6) vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (154.6) – Lightweight final

Dilano Taylor (169.4) vs. Sadibou Sy (169.6) – Welterweight final

Omari Akhmedov (202.8) vs. Rob Wilkinson (204.6) – Light heavyweight


Marlon Moraes (146) vs. Sheymon Moraes (145.8) – Featherweight

Jeremy Stephens (155.8) vs. Natan Schulte (155.4) – Lightweight

Magomed Magomedkerimov (175.8) vs. Gleison Tibau (174.6) – Welterweight

Dakota Ditcheva (125.6) vs. Katherine Corogenes (124.3) – Flyweight

Biaggio Ali Walsh (154.8) vs. Tom Graesser (154.8) – Lightweight

Delan Monte (204.8) – Light heavyweight alternate

Martina Jindrova (153.6) – Women’s lightweight alternate

Alexander Martinez (154.6) – Lightweight alternate

Renan Ferreira (259.8) – Heavyweight alternate

The PFL 2022 finals will be airing with the prelims streaming live at 5:00pm EST on ESPN+, and the main card on PPV starting at 8:00pm.

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Victor Rodriguez
Victor Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez has been a writer and podcaster for Bloody Elbow since 2015. He started his way as a lowly commenter and moderator to become the miscreant he is now. He often does weekly bits on fringe martial arts items across the globe, oddball street combat pieces, previews, analysis, and some behind-the-scenes support. He has trained in wrestling, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the occasional Muay Thai and Judo lesson here and there. Victor has also been involved with acting and audio editing projects. He lives in Pennsylvania where he plays way too many video games and is an S-rank dad.

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