It’s now win or go home time in the sophomore season of the Professional Fighters League.
After a month away, the promotion returns for the first of three straight cards in Atlantic City to close out the regular season. PFL 4 takes place this Thursday on ESPN+ (5:30 p.m. EDT, 2:30 p.m. PDT) and ESPN2 (8:30 p.m. EDT, 5:30 p.m. PDT).
The event will feature playoff elimination fights from the Women’s Lightweight and Welterweight divisions, along with battles for seeding.
By the end of the night, one-third of the total playoff field will be set.
Remember, in the Women’s Lightweight division, the top four finishers will advance to the October playoffs in Las Vegas, whereas the top eight finishers advance to postseason in other divisions.
Highlighting the Thursday night show is a Welterweight main event between Magomed Magomedkerimov (24-5, 1-0 this year in the PFL) [six points in the standings]and Chris Curtis (21-5, 1-0 this year in the PFL [four points in the standings].
Both contestants in this headliner have gone 5-0 in their last five matches.
Heading into the main event on Thursday, Magomed Magomedkerimov is the taller combatant. He stands 6-foot-1, four inches taller than Chris Curtis at 5-foot-10.
For Magomed Magomedkerimov, his last win came by way of first-round submission due to a guillotine choke on May 9 during the PFL season opener vs. John Howard.
Chris Curtis’ most recent victory was a third-round knockout (ground and pound strikes) in PFL 1 on May 9 vs. Andre Fialho.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Chris Curtis has a two-inch reach advantage (75 inches to 73 inches) heading into the main event.
Prediction: Magomed Magomedkerimov by first-round knockout.
These other fights make up the ESPN2 portion of the card:
Kayla Harrison, (4-0, 1-0 this year in the PFL) [three points in the standings] vs. Morgan Frier (4-2, 0-1 this year in the PFL) [zero points in the standings] [Women’s Lightweight, co-main event]
Bojan Velickovic (16-9-2, 0-1 this year in the PFL) [zero points in the standings] vs. Joao Zeferino (23-9, 0-0 this year in the PFL) [zero points in the standings] [Welterweight]
Ray Cooper III (18-6, 1-0 this year in the PFL) [five points in the standings] vs. John Howard (27-15-1, 0-1 this year in the PFL) [zero points in the standings] [Welterweight]
The Sarah Kaufman vs. Roberta Samad and Andre Fialho vs. Zane Kamaka fights were canceled at the weigh-ins due to Samad and Kamaka missing weight.
Zane Kamaka was eliminated from this year’s PFL competition as a result of missing weight. Both Kaufman and Fialho automatically were awarded three points in the standings.
Kaufman has now qualified for October’s postseason with the walkover.
PFL 4 at a Glance:
ESPN+ Fights: Thursday, 5:30 p.m. EDT, 2:30 p.m. PDT
ESPN2 Fights: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EDT, 5:30 p.m. PDT
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