We continue our look at the 2019 Professional Fighters League playoff field with the fourth installment in our Armchair bracket breakdown series.

Today, our focus is on the other half of the card in the Oct. 17 PFL 8 event, the Lightweight division.

As you’re now aware if you’ve been following along with the first half of this series, each PFL playoff bracket, except the Women’s Lightweight field, has eight contenders to it.

Quarterfinal and semifinal fights will occur on the same evening, with quarterfinals being a maximum of two rounds at five minutes per round. Semifinals will be a maximum of three rounds at five minutes per round.

*One note before we go on, we will, as always, refrain from making calls on the finals until the time comes.*

In the lightweight field, No. 1 seed Natan Schulte (17-3-1, 2-0 this season in the PFL) meets No. 8 seed Ramsey Nijem (10-7, 2-0 this season in the PFL*) in quarterfinal action.

*Both wins were via the walkover rule after Nijem’s opponents missed weight in the regular year.*

The victor of that contest progresses through to the semifinal. They will meet the winner of the contest between No. 4 seed Akhmet Aliev (18-5, 1-1 this season in the PFL) and No. 5 seed Rashid Magomedov (23-4-1, 1-1 this season in the PFL.)

In the other half of the bracket, No. 2 seed Islam Mamedov (18-1, 2-0 this season in the PFL) fights No. 7 seed Loik Radzhabov (12-1, 1-1 this season in the PFL) in the quarterfinal.

That fight’s winner will advance to the semifinal to meet the winner of the match between No. 3 seed Chris Wade (16-5, 2-0 this season in the PFL) and No. 6 seed Nate Andrews (16-2, 1-1 this season in the PFL).

Quarterfinal: No. 1 seed Natan Schulte vs. No. 8 seed Ramsey Nijem:

Contender Comparison:

Heading into this quarterfinal, eighth-seeded Ramsey Nijem is the taller man. He stands 6-foot-1, three inches taller than top-seeded Natan Schulte’s 5-foot-10 frame.

Schulte has gone 4-0-1 in his last five fights, sweeping the regular season in the PFL in 2019.

Most recently, he scored a unanimous decision against Jesse Ronson in PFL 5 on July 25, scoring three points in the standings in the process.

This gave him nine points total.

In the other corner, Ramsey Nijem has posted a 2-3 record in his last five contests. He has not actually fought since last year during the freshman season of the PFL.

Nijem secured six points via the walkover rule in the 2019 season after both of his scheduled opponents failed to make weight, one of whom was Schulte.

In the PFL regular season, should a fighter miss weight, his or her opponent is no longer bound to the contest and can take an automatic three points in the standings if they so choose.

Nijem took the points both times.

Last time out, he won via unanimous decision against Yuki Kuwana in the Oct. 13, 2018 PFL 9 card in a playoff alternate fight.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Nijem has a five-inch reach advantage (74 inches to 69 inches) over Schulte heading into this fight.

Prediction: Natan Schulte by first-round knockout.

Quarterfinal: No. 4 seed Akhmet Aliev vs. No. 5 seed Rashid Magomedov

Contender Comparison:

Heading into this fight, fifth-seeded Rashid Magomedov is the taller man, standing 5-foot-9, an inch taller than Akhmet Aliev’s 5-foot-8 frame.

Aliev has gone 4-1 in his last five fights and looks to avenge his loss via unanimous decision vs. No. 3 seed Chris Wade last time out in PFL 5 on July 25.

In the other corner, Magomedov has posted a 2-2-1 mark in his last five fights, losing his last fight by unanimous decision to No. 6 seed Nate Andrews in PFL 5.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Aliev holds a one-inch reach advantage (72 inches to 71 inches) over Magomedov heading into this contest.

Prediction: Akhmet Aliev by second-round TKO.

Quarterfinal: No. 2 Islam Mamedov vs. No. 7 seed Loik Radzhabov:

Contender Comparison:

Heading into this quarterfinal match-up, Islam Mamedov is the taller fighter, standing six feet even, four inches taller than Loik Radzhabov’s 5-foot-8 frame.

Mamedov is 5-0 in his last five fights, sweeping the regular season this year in the PFL.

Last time out, he defeated Yincang Bao by first-round KO to earn six points in the standings during PFL 5, giving him nine points total.

In the other corner, Loik Radzhabov is 4-1 in his last five fights, most recently winning by split decision against Yiles Dijroun in PFL 5.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Mamedov has a five-inch reach advantage (73 inches to 68 inches) over Radzhabov heading into the quarterfinal.

Prediction: Islam Mamedov by first-round TKO.

Quarterfinal: No. 3 seed Chris Wade vs. No. 6 seed Nate Andrews

Contender Comparison:

Heading into the last of the quarterfinals, Nate Andrews is the taller contestant, standing six feet even, two inches taller than Chris Wade’s 5-foot-10 frame.

Both contenders have posted 4-1 marks in their last five fights.

Chris Wade enters this fight on a two-match winning streak, having won most recently against Akhmet Aliev by unanimous decision in PFL 5. This came after defeating Andrews by the same method in PFL 2, setting up the rematch.

Andrews’ last win came via unanimous decision in PFL 5 against Rashid Magomedov.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Nate Andrews holds a five-inch reach advantage (75 inches to 70 inches) over Chris Wade.

Prediction: Chris Wade by first-round KO.

Semifinal: No. 1 seed Natan Schulte vs. No. 4 seed Akhmet Aliev:

The semifinals of this tournament will be predicated on stamina. The winner may ultimately be determined by who has more left in their tank, having fought two rounds already by the time the semifinals begin.

Prediction: Natan Schulte by first-round KO.

Semifinal: No. 2 seed Islam Mamedov vs. No. 3 seed Chris Wade:

Again, stamina is going to be key in this stage of the tournament with the semifinalists having already fought up to two rounds in an earlier win.

This should be an interesting fight should it come to pass.

Prediction: Chris Wade by first-round submission.

PFL Lightweight Playoffs: Thursday, Oct. 17, ESPN+ and ESPN2.

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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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