’19 PFL 5 preview

Playoff eliminators in the Featherweight and Lightweight classes to take place Thursday night in Atlantic City.

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The sophomore regular season of the Professional Fighters League is nearing its end. PFL 5 will take place on Thursday night in Atlantic City.

By night’s end on Thursday, four of the six playoff brackets for the October PFL events will take place.

In PFL 5 (ESPN+ fights Thursday at 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. PDT, ESPN2 fights at 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT), playoff eliminators in the Featherweight and Lightweight divisions will take place.

In total, the event will feature 12 mixed martial arts contests (six in each of the above-mentioned weight classes.)

Highlighting the Thursday night card is a main event in the Lightweight ranks.

Chris Wade (15-5, 1-0 this year in the PFL) [three points in the standings] will meet Akhmet Aliev (18-4, 1-0 this year in the PFL) [six points in the standings] in a three-round main event.

Contender Comparison:

As was previously mentioned in the embedded Instagram picture, Chris Wade is the taller contestant in this week’s main event. He stands 5-foot-10, two inches taller than Akhmet Aliev’s 5-foot-8 frame.

Chris Wade has posted a 3-2 record in his last five MMA appearances, winning by unanimous decision vs. Nate Andrews in the May 23 PFL 2 event.

In the other corner, Akhmet Aliev has posted a perfect 5-0 record in his last five MMA fights, winning by first-round knockout (punches) against Carlao Silva on May 23 in PFL 2.

The Tale of the Tape:

Heading into the Thursday night main event, Tapology shows that Akhmet Aliev owns a two-inch reach advantage (72 inches to 70 inches) over Chris Wade.

Prediction: Akhmet Aliev by first-round TKO.

Other fights on the ESPN2 portion of Thursday night’s card include:

Lance Palmer (18-3, 1-0 this year in the PFL) [three points in the standings] vs. Luis Rafael Laurentino (34-1, 1-0 this year in the PFL) [six points in the standings] [Featherweight, co-main event]

Rashid Magomedov (23-3-1, 1-0 this year in the PFL) [three points in the standings] vs. Nate Andrews (15-2, 0-1 this year in the PFL) [zero points in the standings] [Lightweight]

Alex Gilpin (12-2, 0-1 this year in the PFL) [zero points in the standings] vs. Freddy Assuncao (10-1, 0-0 this year in the PFL) [zero points in the standings] [Featherweight]

Steven Siler (32-19-1, 0-1 this year in the PFL) [zero points in the standings] vs. Jeremy Kennedy (13-2, 0-1 this year in the PFL [zero points in the standings] [Featherweight]

The scheduled Featherweight contest between Daniel Pineda (26-13, 0-0 this year in the PFL] [zero points in the standings] vs. Gadzhi Rabadanov (12-3-2, 1-0 this year in the PFL] [three points in the standings] was canceled at Wednesday’s official weigh-in as Rabadanov missed weight.

 

PFL 5 at a Glance:

ESPN+ fights: Thursday, 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. PDT.

ESPN2 fights: Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT.

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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