The PFL postseason enters some truly rarefied air with the championship card on New Year’s Eve, as both the Featherweight and Lightweight finals will be match-ups between the No. 1 and No. 7 seeds.
Our focus today is going to be on the former.
No. 1 seed Lance Palmer finds himself back in New York City on New Year’s Eve, hoping to claim the PFL Featherweight championship belt for the second consecutive year against No. 7 seed Daniel Pineda.
As with all title fights, this one is a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
The champion will not only score the belt but also pocket a $1 million grand prize with his victory on the last night of the 2010s decade.
Familiar territory for Lance Palmer:
As previously stated, Lance Palmer appeared in the inaugural PFL Featherweight championship fight last year during the New Year’s Eve telecast on NBCSN.
That night, Palmer scored a unanimous decision against Steven Siler to claim the belt and the $1 million payday at Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Let’s turn our attention back to this year’s Featherweight title fight:
Heading into the Dec. 31 title fight, Daniel Pineda is the taller competitor, standing 5-foot-7, one inch taller than Lance Palmer’s 5-foot-6 frame.
How they got here:
Lance Palmer earned his spot in the final with successive unanimous decision victories in PFL 8 on Oct. 17, defeating playoff alternate Alexandre Almeida in the quarterfinal before ending No. 4 seed Alex Gilpin’s bid for $1 million in the semifinal.
In the other corner, Daniel Pineda scored successive stoppages during PFL 8 on Oct. 17, beginning with a first-round knockout of No. 2 seed Movlid Khaybulaev in the quarterfinal before submitting No. 6 seed Jeremy Kennedy (guillotine choke) in the first round of the semifinal.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Daniel Pineda has a one-inch reach advantage (70 inches to 69 inches) over Lance Palmer.
Prediction: Lance Palmer by decision.
2019 PFL Featherweight Championship: Tuesday, Dec. 31, ESPN2
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