PFL 10 Results: The Middleweight & Welterweight Playoff Finalists Are Set!

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Middleweight Playoffs Semi-Finals

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Abusupiyan Magomedov def. Sadibou Sy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Louis Taylor def. John Howard by technical decision (No Scores Announced)

Welterweight Playoffs Semi-Finals

Ray Cooper III def. Handesson Ferreira by TKO via strikes (2:28, R1)
Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Bojan Velickovic by TKO via strikes (3:13, R2)

Middleweight Playoffs Opening Round

Abusupiyan Magomedov def. Gasan Umalatov by first round tie breaker (20-18, 19-19, 19-19)
Sadibou Sy def. Bruno Santos by first round tie breaker (20-18, 19-19, 19-19)
John Howard def. Eddie Gordon by unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
Louis Taylor def. Rex Harris by unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)

Welterweight Playoffs Opening Round

Ray Cooper III def. Jake Shields by TKO via strikes (3:10, R1)
Handesson Ferreira def. Rick Story by TKO via injury (1:15, R2)
Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Pavlo Kusch by unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Bojan Velickovic by first round tie breaker (19-19, 19-19, 19-19)

(Note: Abubakar Nurmagomedov defeated Bojan Velickovic in an opening round playoff bout, but suffered an injury and was unable to continue, which has allowed Velickovic to take his spot in the semi-finals.)


Welterweight Playoffs Opening Round
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Bojan Velickovic

Round One: The round begins with Nurmagomedov popping a swinging Velickovic with a counter right, Nurmagomedov also starts attacking Velickovic with some leg kicks. Nurmagomedov gets Velickovic against the cage wall after eating a knee strike, Nurmagomedov scores a takedown on Velickovic and he gets him in the seated position. Velickovic scrambles to his feet while eating strikes from Nurmagomedov, the fighters clinch and exchange some knee strikes. The fighters separate and Nurmagomedov exchanges jabs with Velickovic, Nurmagomedov scores another takedown on Velickovic and he gets the half guard. Velickovic eventually gets Nurmagomedov in his full guard, Velickovic lands strikes from his back as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

Round Two: The round begins with Velickovic swinging away at Nurmagomedov, Velickovic scores a takedown on Nurmagomedov and Nurmagomedov gets right back up. Velickovic lands knee strikes as the fighters clinch, Nurmagomedov grabs Velickovic and gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Velickovic drags Nurmagomedov to the ground, Nurmagomedov scrambles and gets top position against Velickovic. Nurmagomedov transitions to back control against Velickovic, Velickovic scrambles to get the fight standing again. Velickovic goes for the takedown and he winds up getting Nurmagomedov against the cage wall, Velickovic attacks Nurmagomedov with some knee strikes to the midsection. Velickovic drags Nurmagomedov to the ground and Nurmagomedov again scrambles to get top position, Velickovic gets up and Nurmagomedov drags him back to the ground. Velickovic goes for a kimura as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov (Final Score: 20-18 for Nurmagomedov)

Official Result: Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Bojan Velickovic by first round tie breaker (19-19, 19-19, 19-19)

Middleweight Playoffs Opening Round
Louis Taylor vs. Rex Harris

Round One: The round begins with Harris cracking a kicking Taylor with a counter right, Taylor grabs Harris and he gets him against the cage wall. Taylor drags Harris to the ground using the front headlock, Harris gets back up and Taylor gets him back against the cage wall. Harris scores a takedown on Taylor and he gets side control, Harris goes to the half guard while attacking Taylor with ground and pound, Taylor then gets Harris in the butterfly guard before scrambling to his feet. Taylor quickly gets Harris back up against the cage wall, the fighters exchange strikes while in the clinch. The fighters separate and Taylor gets Harris back against the cage wall, The fighters separate after Taylor lands a two punch combination, Harris then gets Taylor against the cage wall as the two battle for position. Taylor scores a takedown on Harris and Harris gets right back up, Taylor scores another takedown on Harris and he gets right back up again. Taylor holds Harris against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Taylor

Round Two: The round begins with Harris attacking Taylor with leg kicks and a punching combination, Taylor stuns a swinging Harris by landing a counter left. Taylor then pops Harris with a two punch combination, Harris grabs Taylor and the two battle for position along the cage wall. The fighters separate and immediately clinch to exchange a few strikes, the fighters separate again and Harris nails Taylor with a punching combination. Taylor grabs Harris and gets him against the cage wall for a short time, Taylor again gets Harris against the cage wall for a short time. Taylor grabs a swinging Harris and puts him back against the cage wall for a few moments, Taylor kicks an incoming Harris in the midsection. Harris scores a takedown on Taylor and Taylor gets right back up as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Taylor (Final Score: 20-18 for Taylor)

Official Result: Louis Taylor def. Rex Harris by unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)

Welterweight Playoffs Opening Round
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Pavlo Kusch

Round One: The round begins with Kusch immediately looking for the takedown, Kusch pulls guard to drag Magomedkerimov to to the ground. The referee stands up the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Magomedkerimov takes a few swings at Kusch. Kusch again pulls guard and he drags Magomedkerimov to the ground, the referee again separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Kusch nails a swinging Magomedkerimov with a knee strike, the fighters then engage in a wild striking exchange. Kusch goes for a takedown and Magomedkerimov attempts a standing guillotine choke, Magomedkerimov nails Kusch with a head kick. Kusch looks for a takedown and Magomedkerimov gets him against the cage wall, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Magomedkerimov scoring a takedown on an incoming Kusch, Magomedkerimov goes for a guillotine choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedkerimov

Round Two: The round begins with Kusch attacking a kicking Magomedkerimov with a counter left hook, Magomedkerimov keeps Kusch at a distance by swinging away at him. Kusch attempts an overhand right and spinning back fist against Magomedkerimov, Magomedkerimov stuns Kusch with an overhand right followed by a high kick. Kusch starts hunting for the takedowns against Magomedkerimov, Kusch charges at Magomedkerimov and he swings wildly at him while connecting. Magomedkerimov nails a swinging Kusch with a counter left hook, Kusch goes for a fornt kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kusch (Final Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Official Result: Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Pavlo Kusch by unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)

Middleweight Playoffs Opening Round
Eddie Gordon vs. John Howard

Round One: The round begins with Howard attacking Gordon with some leg kicks, Howard drops for a knee bar on Gordon and Gordon escapes. Gordon attacks Howard with strikes as Howard holds him against the cage wall, Gordon spins Howard and lands a few strikes. The fighters separate and Gordon powers Howard into the cage wall, the fighters separate and Gordon jabs away at Howard. Howard accidentally nails Gordon low and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with Howard nails Gordon with a two punch combination. Howard then hits a swinging Gordon with another punching combination, Howard scores a takedown on Gordon and Gordon gets right back up. Gordon grabs Howard and gets him against the cage wall, Howard gets another takedown on Gordon as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Howard

Round Two: The round begins with Howard attacking Gordon with some leg kicks, Gordon eats a combo after nailing Howard with a right to the midsection. Howard grabs Gordon and he gets him against the cage wall before scoring a takedown, the referee stands up the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with the fighters have a striking exchange, Howard and Gordon exchange some punching combinations. Howard backs Gordon into the cage wall while swinging away at him, Gordon does his best to hit Howard with some power rights. Howard drops Gordon with a right and he pounces on him with more strikes, Howard gets top position against Gordon as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Howard (Final Score: 20-18 for Howard)

Official Result: John Howard def. Eddie Gordon by unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)

Welterweight Playoffs Opening Round
Rick Story vs. Handesson Ferreira

Round One: The round begins with Story eating a kick to the midsection before nailing Ferreira with a right hook, Ferreira scores a takedown on Story and he gets the full guard. Ferreira attacks Story with some ground and pound, the referee decides to stand up the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Ferreira kicking Story in the midsection again, Ferreira pops a swinging Story with a counter right. Story starts attacking Ferreira with some leg kicks, Ferreira avoids a swinging Story before kicking him in the midsection again. Story swings away at Ferreira as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ferreira

Round Two: The round begins with Story kicking Ferreira in the midsection, Story then nails Ferreira with a right hook to the midsection. Ferreira scores a takedown on Story and he gets the half guard, Ferreira starts attacking Story with ground and pound. The referee stops the fight as Story suffered an injury while on the ground.

Official Result: Handesson Ferreira def. Rick Story by TKO via injury (1:15, R2)

Middleweight Playoffs Opening Round
Bruno Santos vs. Sadibou Sy

Round One: The round begins with Sy attacking Santos with some leg kicks, Santos starts hunting for takedowns against Sy. Sy attacks Santos with a plethora of kicks to keep him at a distance, Santos gets Sy against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. Sy attacks Santos with a few strikes to continue avoiding the takedown, the fighters separate and Sy kicks away at Santos until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Sy

Round Two: The round begins with Sy nailing Santos with a side kick to the midsection, Sy attacks Santos with a head kick. Sy also starts attacking Santos with some leg kicks, Santos starts hunting for the takedown against Sy. Santos scores a takedown against Sy and he gets the half guard, Santos transitions to side control against Sy. Santos transitions to the full mount position against Sy, Santos attacks Sy with ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Santos (Final Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Official Result: Sadibou Sy def. Bruno Santos by first round tie breaker (20-18, 19-19, 19-19)

Welterweight Playoffs Opening Round
Ray Cooper III vs. Jake Shields

Round One: The round begins with Cooper III coming forward and swinging wildly at Shields, Shields pulls guard on Cooper III to get the fight to the ground. Shields gets up and Cooper III gets him against the cage wall, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Cooper III swinging away against Shields, Shields goes to the ground and Cooper III meets him there. Cooper III attacks Shields with ground and pound, Cooper III gains back control against Shields while landing more strikes. Shields gets up and Cooper III holds him against the cage wall while landing strikes, Cooper III drops Shields and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Ray Cooper III def. Jake Shields by TKO via strikes (3:10, R1)

Middleweight Playoffs Opening Round
Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Gasan Umalatov 

Round One: The round begins with Magomedov using some kicks to keep Umalatov at bay, Magomedov also uses the jab to keep Umalatov at a distance. Magomedov grabs Umalatov and he gets him near the cage wall before landing a knee strike, the fighters separate and Magomedov kicks Umalatov in the midsection. Magomedov grabs a swinging Umalatov and he gets him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Magomedov scores a takedown on Umalatov and he gets the full guard. Magomedov gains the half guard while nailing Umalatov with some strikes, the referee stands up the fighters for inactivity. Umalatov swings away at Magomedov as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov

Round Two: The round begins with Umalatov scoring a takedown on Magomedov and Magomedov gets right back up, Magomedov quickly gets Umalatov against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Umalatov attacks Magomedov with a few kicks, Magomedov and Umalatov hunt for takedowns against each other. Umalatov grabs Magomedov and he gets him up against the cage wall for a short time, Magomedov then cracks Umalatov with a straight right. Magomedov scores a takedown on a kicking Umalatov as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov (Final Score: 20-18 for Magomedov)

Official Result: Abusupiyan Magomedov def. Gasan Umalatov by first round tie breaker (20-18, 19-19, 19-19)

Welterweight Playoffs Semi-Finals
Bojan Velickovic vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov

Round One: The round begins with the fighters swinging wildly at each other, Velickovic comes forward and swings away at Magomedkerimov. Velockovic starts attacking Magomedkerimov with some leg kicks, Magomedkerimov comes forward and swings away at Velickovic. Magomedkerimov then nails Velickovic with a kick to the midsection, Magomedkerimov then hits Velickovic with a head kick. Magomedkerimov scores a takedown on Velickovic and he gets the full guard, Magomedkerimov attacks Velickovic with ground and pound until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedkerimov

Round Two: The round begins with Velickovic nails Magomedkerimov with a standing elbow strike to the head, Magomedkerimov scores a takedown on Velickovic and he gets the half guard. Magomedkerimov advances to the half guard against Velickovic, Velickovic scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again. Velickovic then kicks Magomedkerimov right in the midsection, Magomedkerimov rocks Velickovic with a standing elbow strike before dropping him with a punching combination that forces the referee to jump in.

Official Result: Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Bojan Velickovic by TKO via strikes (3:13, R2)

Middleweight Playoff Semi-Finals
Louis Taylor vs. John Howard

Round One: The round begins with Taylor popping Howard with a few jabs, Taylor also attacks Howard with some kicks to the midsection. Howard grabs Taylor and gets him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Taylor attempts a head kick against Howard. Taylor also nails Howard with some leg kicks as well, Howard gets a kicking Taylor against the cage wall for a short time. Taylor rocks Howard with a jumping knee strike before scoring a takedown, Taylor goes for a guillotine choke and Howard escapes to get the fight standing again. Taylor lands a two punch combination before scoring another takedown on Howard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Taylor

Round Two: The round begins with Howard attacking Taylor with a punching combination, Howard cracks Taylor with a left before getting him up against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Taylor nails Howard with a knee strike, Taylor hit his head during a Howard takedown and gets right back up. Taylor scores a takedown on Howard and he gets the half guard, Howard quickly gets Taylor in his full guard. Howard scrambles to get the fight standing again and he gets Taylor against the cage wall, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Taylor and Howard battling for position along the cage wall, Taylor scores a takedown on Howard and he gets the open guard. Taylor nails Howard with an accidental knee strike and the fight is halted, the fight is called off by the doctor because Howard is too injured to continue.

Official Result: Louis Taylor def. John Howard by technical decision (No Scores Announced)

Welterweight Playoffs Semi-Finals
Handesson Ferreira vs. Ray Cooper III

Round One: The round begins with Ferreira attempting a high kick against Cooper III, Cooper III charges at Ferreira while swinging wildly at him. Cooper III scores a takedown on Ferreira and he gets the open guard, Cooper III gains the half guard against Ferreira. Ferreira eventually gets Cooper III in his full guard while eating more strikes, Cooper III destroys Ferreira with ground and pound until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Ray Cooper III def. Handesson Ferreira by TKO via strikes (2:28, R1)

Middleweight Playoff Semi-Finals
Sadibou Sy vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov

Round One: The round begins with Magomedov popping Sy with a left, the fighters use kicks to keep each other at a distance. Sy attacks Magomedov with a high kick that gets blocked, Sy nails Magomedov with a side kick to the midsection. Magomedov charges at Sy while swinging away at him, Magomedov then hits Sy with a straight right to the midsection. Sy backs up Magomedov before landing an overhand right, Magomedov cracks a backing Sy with a jumping head kick. Magomedov then cracks Sy with a two punch combination, Magomedov and Sy swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov

Round Two: The round begins with Magomedov taking a few swings at Sy, Sy then nails Magomedov with a kick to the midsection. Magomedov accidentally nails Sy low and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with Magomedov attacking Sy with a high kick. Magomedov nails Sy with a right before getting him up against the cage wall, Magomedov scores a takedown on Sy and he gets the full mount. Magomedov attacks Sy with some ground and pound, Magomedov applies an arm triangle choke and he releases it to land more strikes until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov (Overall Score: 20-18 for Magomedov)

Round Three: The round begins with Magomedov and Sy exchanging a few strikes, Magomedov scores a takedown on Sy and he gets back control. Magomedov locks in a rear naked choke and Sy eventually escapes, Magomedov transitions to the half guard against Sy. Sy scrambles and gets back control on Magomedov while landing a few strikes, Magomedov scrambles to his feet and he quickly scores a takedown on Sy. Magomedov keeps top position as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov (Final Score: 30-27 for Magomedov)

Official Result: Abusupiyan Magomedov def. Sadibou Sy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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