We’ll get to the bracket in a moment but first, as you’ll recall, last Wednesday, UFC middleweight fighter David Branch was handed a two-year ban for doping by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Last Thursday, the UFC cut Branch from the promotion in light of the ban. Should Branch be signed by another MMA promotion, he’ll be ineligible to fight until 2021.

On we go to the bracket.

Ah, Halloween: Before you know it, it’s going to be here.

Halloween is a night for horror movie marathons, trick or treat, costumes, the whole nine yards.

This year, Halloween is going to be a night for battles as the Professional Fighters League closes out its 2019 postseason schedule with PFL 9, featuring fights from the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight ranks.

Today, we bring the bracket breakdowns to a close with a look at the Heavyweight division.

Quarterfinal and semifinal fights will be held on the same night, with quarterfinal fights being a maximum of two rounds at five minutes per round and semifinals being three rounds at five minutes per round.

Before we proceed, as always, we’ll hold off on making predictions for the championship fights for right now.

In the Heavyweight field, No. 1 seed Denis Goltsov (24-5, 2-0 this season in the PFL) meets No. 8 seed Satoshi Ishii (22-9-1, 1-1 this season in the PFL).

The winner of this contest will battle the victor of the fight between No. 4 seed Kelvin Tiller (11-3, 1-1 this season in the PFL) and No. 5 seed Ali Isaev (6-0, 2-0 this season in the PFL) in the semifinal.

Looking at the other half of the bracket, No. 2 seed Mo De’Reese (8-1, 1-1 this season in the PFL) fights No. 7 seed Jared Rosholt (18-7, 1-1 this year in the PFL) in the quarterfinal.

That fight’s winner meets the survivor of the contest between No. 3 seed Alex Nicholson (14-8, 1-1 this season in the PFL) and No. 6 seed Francimar Barroso (24-7-1, 1-1 this season in the PFL) in the semifinal.

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Quarterfinal: No. 1 seed Denis Goltsov vs. Satoshi Ishii:
Contender Comparison:

Heading into this quarterfinal contest, Denis Goltsov is the taller competitor, standing 6-foot-5, seven inches taller than Satoshi Ishii at 5-foot-10.

Goltsov has posted a perfect 5-0 record in his last five fights, sweeping the regular season this year.

Last time out, he submitted No. 4 seed Kelvin Tiller (Ezekiel choke) in PFL 6 back in August to clinch the top seed.

In the other corner, Ishii has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five contests, splitting the regular season this year in the PFL.

Most recently, he lost via unanimous decision to No. 7 seed Jared Rosholt in PFL 6 in August.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Denis Goltsov holds a four-inch reach advantage (78 inches to 74 inches) over Satoshi Ishii heading into this fight.

Prediction: Denis Goltsov by first-round knockout.

Quarterfinal: No. 4 seed Kelvin Tiller vs. No. 5 seed Ali Isaev:
Contender Comparison:

Heading into this quarterfinal contest, Ali Isaev is the taller man.

He stands 6-foot-3, three inches taller than Kelvin Tiller at six feet even.

Tiller has posted a 3-2 mark in his last five MMA appearances, splitting the regular season in the PFL this year.

Most recently, he lost by second-round submission due to an Ezekiel choke in PFL 6 against top-seeded Goltsov.

In the other corner, Ali Isaev has posted a perfect 5-0 record in his last five MMA appearances, sweeping the regular season this year.

Last time out, he scored a unanimous decision against Carl Seumanutafa in PFL 6 to secure the fifth seed in the field.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Ali Isaev owns a one-inch reach advantage (78 inches to 77 inches) entering this postseason fight.

Prediction: Ali Isaev by decision.

Quarterfinal: No. 2 seed Mo De’Reese vs. No. 7 seed Jared Rosholt:
Contender Comparison:

Entering this fight in the other half of the bracket, Jared Rosholt is the taller contestant, standing 6-foot-2, two inches taller than Mo De’Reese at six feet even.

Mo De’Reese has posted a 3-2 record in his last five fights, splitting the regular season this year in the PFL.

Last time out, he scored a first-round knockout (right hook followed by ground and pound) vs. Valdrin Istrefi in PFL 6.

In the other corner, Jared Rosholt has gone 2-3 in his last five fights, most recently scoring a unanimous decision against eighth-seeded Satoshi Ishii in PFL 6 back in August.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Mo De’Reese has a half-inch reach advantage (76 inches to 75.5 inches) heading into this fight.

Prediction: Mo De’Reese by first-round knockout.

Quarterfinal: No. 3 seed Alex Nicholson vs. No. 6 seed Francimar Barroso:

Contender Comparison:

Heading into this fight, Alex Nicholson is the taller combatant, standing 6-foot-4, three inches taller than Francimar Barroso’s 6-foot-1 frame.

Nicholson has posted a 2-3 record in his last five fights, splitting the 2019 regular season in the PFL.

Most recently, he scored a first-round knockout (right hook followed by ground and pound) in PFL 6 vs. Zeke Tunei-Wily.

In the other corner, Francimar Barroso has gone 4-0-1 in his last five fights.

Last time out, he scored a unanimous decision against Ben Edwards during PFL 6.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Alex Nicholson has a three-inch reach advantage (78 inches to 75 inches) over Francimar Barroso heading into this contest.

Prediction: Francimar Barroso by decision.

Semifinal: No. 1 seed Denis Goltsov vs. No. 5 seed Ali Isaev:

The semifinal stage of this tournament will be predicated on stamina, with the winners having already fought up to two rounds earlier on in the evening.

Ultimately, the tale could be told based on who has more left in the tank.

Prediction: Denis Goltsov by first-round knockout.

Semifinal: No. 2 seed Mo De’Reese vs. No. 6 seed Francimar Barroso

Again, the semifinals will be a test of stamina. Having said that, this pairing will be an interesting one should it come to pass.

Prediction: Mo De’Reese by first-round knockout.

PFL Heavyweight Playoffs:
Thursday, Oct. 31 as part of PFL 9, ESPN2 and ESPN+.

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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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