As we said last time out, the PFL postseason is getting into some rarefied air on New Year’s Eve with fights between No. 1 and No. 7 seeds in the Featherweight and Lightweight championship fights.
Believe me, ladies and gentlemen, a fight between No. 1 and No. 7 seeds for a championship is about as rare as a wintertime thunderstorm in my home state of Ohio.
Believe me when I tell you, wintertime thunderstorms do happen in Ohio, as such a storm happened exactly two weeks after Christmas last winter.
This was followed by a mammoth snowstorm about 11 days later.
Anyway, enough about past weather events and onto the real reason why you’ve all clicked on this article.
In the PFL Lightweight final, No. 1 seed and 2018 PFL Lightweight champion Natan Schulte will fight No. 7 seed Loik Radzhabov for the title.
Not only will the winner score the PFL Lightweight championship for the 2019 season, but also a $1 million prize.
Familiar territory for Natan Schulte:
As previously mentioned, Schulte appeared in the 2018 PFL Lightweight championship vs. Rashid Magomedov, winning by unanimous decision to claim the belt and the payday.
How they got here:
Natan Schulte submitted his way to the championship bout, scoring a first-round rear-naked choke of No. 8 seed Ramsay Nijem in the quarterfinal before stopping No. 4 seed Akhmet Aliev (arm-triangle choke) in the second round of the semifinal.
In the other corner, Loik Radzhabov had both of his playoff fights go to decision, winning by tiebreaker (judges’ decision, a.k.a., the PRIDE rule) vs. No. 2 seed Islam Mamedov in the quarterfinal, before defeating No. 3 seed Chris Wade (unanimous decision) in the semifinal.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Natan Schulte has a one-inch reach advantage (69 inches to 68 inches) over Loik Radzhabov heading into this fight.
Prediction: Natan Schulte by first-round knockout.
2019 PFL Lightweight Championship: Tuesday, Dec. 31, ESPN2
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