Movlid Khaybulaev earns spot in PFL World Championship with split decision over Top-seeded featherweight Brendan Loughnane.
Khaybulaev, Wade, Carlos Jr, Hamlet Clinch Spots in 2021 PFL World Championship on October 27 The PFL World Championship Takes Place Wednesday, October 27 On ESPN Networks and Streaming Platforms
HOLLYWOOD, FL. – August 27, 2021 – The Professional Fighters League (PFL) concluded its 2021 semifinal slate with the final four contenders across the featherweight and light heavyweight divisions battling for spots in the world championship. In the night’s main event, Movlid Khaybulaev defeated Brendan Loughnane by split decision to clinch a spot in the PFL World Championship.
In the co-main event, Chris Wade put on an impressive performance against 3-seed Bubba Jenkins in the first featherweight semifinal matchup, winning by unanimous decision. Following back-to-back PFL Semifinals exits as a lightweight in 2018 and 2019, Wade’s move to the featherweight division for the 2021 season proved to be fruitful, as he earned his first-ever trip to the PFL World Championship.
In a light heavyweight semifinal matchup, top-seeded Antonio Carlos Jr and 2019 PFL Champion Emiliano Sordi went the distance in a closely contested bout. In the end, Carlos Jr prevailed via unanimous decision victory and secured his spot in the world championship in his first PFL season. Marthin Hamlet clinched the first PFL World Championship berth of the night, defeating Cezar Ferreira by TKO in a light heavyweight matchup.
The Tonsberg, Norway native moves to 8-2 overall, with six of those victories coming by way of stoppage. “Tonight capped off a thrilling month of win-or-go-home action that only PFL can deliver for MMA fans around the world,” said Peter Murray, PFL CEO. “The final four contenders from the featherweight and light heavyweight divisions put it all on the line and I can’t wait for the biggest night in the sport on October 27.
Twelve fighters across six divisions will strive to forever change their legacies by becoming world champions and earning the $1 million prize.” “I want to congratulate the four fighters who booked their spot in the PFL World Championship on October 27,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of PFL. “Our league is a true meritocracy where everything is earned and we can’t wait to crown our new champions.”
In the last bout of the ESPN+ undercard, Sheymon Moraes defeated Lazar Stojadinovic via 2nd round TKO (4:45), improving his PFL record to 2-1 with two consecutive victories. In the final light heavyweight action on the undercard, Chris Camozzi earned a unanimous decision victory over Cory Hendricks, notching his second-straight win in the PFL SmartCage and pushing his overall record to 27-15.
In a featherweight showdown, Anthony Dizy went the distance with Jesse Stirn, earning a victory via unanimous decision to move his career MMA record to 14-4. Leading off the ESPN+ card, Brandon Jenkins defeated Jacob Kilburn by 1st round KO via flying knee (2:56) in a showcase bout. In a hard fought battle, Alejandro Flores defeated Carl Deaton by split decision.
The result moved Flores’ overall MMA record to 19-3 and he’s won three consecutive fights. Continued action saw Bobby Moffett defeat Jason Knight by unanimous decision, snapping a three-fight losing streak and evening his PFL record to 1-1. The PFL returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday, October 27 with the final two fighters across all six divisions competing to become a world champion and receive the $1 million dollars purse.
COMPLETE RESULTS ESPN Card
Movlid Khaybulaev def. Brendan Loughnane by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) Chris Wade def. Bubba Jenkins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Antonio Carlos Jr. def. Emiliano Sordi by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Marthin Hamlet def. Cezar Ferreira by TKO (0:13) ESPN+ Card Sheymon Moraes def.
Lazar Stojadinovic by 2nd round TKO (4:45) Chris Camozzi def. Cory Hendricks by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Anthony Dizy def. Jesse Stirn by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Bobby Moffett def. Jason Knight by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Alejandro Flores def. Carl Deaton by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Brandon Jenkins def. Jacob Kilburn by 1st round KO via flying knee (2:56)
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