PFL 5 results: Stevie Ray spins Anthony Pettis’ spine with a twister

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) regular season continued with another action-packed night at PFL 5 at the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The eleven-fight event featured fights in the heavyweight and featherweight divisions, with nine fighters earning spots in the 2022 PFL playoffs.

The main event of the evening featured a pair of Brazilians, with 2021 PFL Heavyweight Champion Bruno Cappelozza taking on Matheus Scheffel. Scheffel, who entered as a significant underdog, led the fight to the defending champion and the unanimous decision victory.

In the evening’s co-main event, Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray faced off in the final match of the lightweight division. Ray walked away with the victory upset via 2nd round submission, sending him to the 2022 PFL Playoffs. Despite the loss, Pettis retains the number 1 seed and has an immediate rematch against Ray, where the stakes will still be higher. The result knocked 2021 PFL lightweight champion Raush Manfio out of the playoffs.

After a torrid start to his 2022 PFL regular season, Renan Ferreira entered the SmartCage against Klidson Abreu. However, it was a dominating Abreu who took the upset victory, beating Ferreira by unanimous decision. The victory is the 17th of Abreu’s career.

“Tonight, the second half of the 2022 PFL Regular Season continued on ESPN from the OTE Arena in Atlanta with major implications for the PFL Playoffs,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “The PFL season format continues to deliver the best action to millions of MMA fans around the world as every fight is truly a must win.”

“The athletes from both the heavyweight and featherweight divisions of PFL have shown what it takes to be a champion,” said PFL president of fighter operations Ray Sefo. “The 2022 PFL Playoffs positions were on the line tonight and as is always the case in the PFL, the fighters rose to the occasion and put on an electrifying spectacle for our fans.”

2021 PFL featherweight runner-up Chris Wade made quick work of Kyle Bochniak, with a quick six-round TKO, securing the 2022 featherweight division seed. Wade will face Brendan Loughnane in the PFL Playoffs 2022 in a highly anticipated fight between two stars of the featherweight division.

Further action saw 2021 runner-up Denis Ante Delija clash with Shelton Graves. The competitive contest saw Delija earn the unanimous decision victory, earning a spot in the PFL Heavyweight Playoffs.

Bubba Jenkins took on Reinaldo Ekson in a featherweight bout that lasted three rounds. Jenkins earned the unanimous decision victory and clinched his ticket to the 2022 PFL Playoffs for a second straight season. He will now be looking to take the next step and qualify for the PFL World Championship.

To start the main card on ESPN, two-time heavyweight semi-finalist Denis Goltsov teamed up with Maurice Greene. Goltsov won the fight via unanimous decision and clinched his spot in the 2022 PFL Playoffs for the third straight season with 9 points overall.

Two-time PFL featherweight champion Lance Palmer ended a three-fight losing streak by defeating Sheymon Moraes via unanimous decision, earning 3 points in the division. The result clinched a playoff spot for Brendan Loughnane.

In the first heavyweight contest of the night, Juan Adams defeated Sam Kei by TKO in the 2nd round and earned five points in the heavyweight division. The knockout was the ninth of Adams’ career.

Featherweight Ryoji Kudo made a statement against Alejandro Fores with a first-round knockout that earned him six split points and propelled him into the featherweight playoffs. Kudo picked up the seventh knockout of his career and will be looking to keep the momentum going.

Kicking off the card on ESPN+, Manchester native Brendan Loughnane beat Ago Huskic via unanimous decision to start the evening’s featherweight action. Loughnane, a 2021 PFL semi-finalist, earned three points in the standings with the result.

The PFL returns to Overtime Elite Arena on Friday, July 1 as the league’s women’s lightweight and welterweights take the SmartCage to make their final bid to secure their ticket to the 2022 PFL playoffs. Kayla Harrison, two-time heavyweight champion PFL Women’s Lightweights, will be looking to pick up another victory and qualify for the playoffs for a shot at becoming a three-time champion. Meanwhile, Rory MacDonald will be looking to continue his strong start in the welterweight division and cement his top 4 spot in the division in pursuit of the $1 million prize.

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