100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Josh Copeland - 93.5
2. Alex Nicholson - 91.8
3. Muhammed DeReese - 91.2
4. Alexandre Almeida - 90.4
5. Lance Palmer - 90.4
6. Philipe Lins - 90.3
7. Jared Rosholt - 89.8
8. Steven Siler - 89.6
9. Andre Harrison - 89.2
10. Alexandre Bezerra - 89.0
PFL 2018 Season Playoffs - Round 1
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Josh Copeland vs. Alex Nicholson
Fighters & Matches 87.7
Top 10 Fighters 90.5
TOTAL 89.1
     Kyle came out swinging, he landed some solid shots, DeReese ducked under a combination, and then took Kyle down 30 seconds into the opening round, landing in side control. DeReese smothered Kyle against the fence, Kyle tried to get up, DeReese unloaded with some punches while keeping him pinned against the fence, he passed to full mount 2 minutes into the round, he continued to unload with big punches, and Kyle tapped out due to strikes. That was a decent win for Muhammed DeReese.
      Palmer took down Coga 40 seconds into the opening round, pinning him in the center of the cage. Coga tried to work an awkward looking rubber guard, but his flexibility just wasn't there. Palmer beat up Coga until the end of the round. Palmer shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the second round, couldn't get it, so they just circled each other for a while. Palmer then scored a takedown a minute into the round, and continued to grind on Coga until the end of the round, leading to a 20-18 unanimous decision victory for Lance Palmer as he moves on to the next round of tonight's Featherweight Tournament.
      The first round started with Rosholt scoring a takedown 15 seconds into the round, he pinned Tiller against the fence, and basically just held him there for the duration of the round, while chipping away with short punches. The second round was another round where Rosholt scored a takedown, and beat up Tiller for the duration of the round, leading to a 20-18 unanimous decision victory, moving on to the next round of tonight's tournament.
      The entire first round took place at boxing range, with Bezerra controlling the center of the cage, while Harrison moved around the outside, picking him apart with his boxing. It felt like a close round, but Harrison landed WAY more strikes, so I'm giving that first round to Andre Harrison.
     The second round was another solid round of boxing, with Bezerra landing the harder strikes throughout the round. In my opinion, Bezerra won the second round "more than Harrison won the first", so if I had to pick a winner, I'd be tempted to give the decision to Bezerra, but they have a weird "Whoever wins the first round, wins the fight, in the case of a draw" rule here, so I guess based on that, Harrison deserves to win, and he moves on to the next round of tonight's tournament.
(Guillotine Choke)
      These guys traded a few random strikes, Alencar tried to take Lins down against the fence, Lins caught him in a sloppy looking guillotine choke, and Alencar quickly tapped out, 58 seconds into the first round. That was a nice quick finish for Philipe Lins as he moves on to the next round of tonight's tournament without spending much energy at all.
      Tuerxun scored a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, and Almeida immediately started working to set something up from his guard. Almeida rolled to setup a kneebar 2 minutes into the round, and used that to sweep Tuerxun, landing in side control halfway through the round. He finished the round still on top. Round one goes to Almeida.
     Almeida threw a few strikes, and then Tuerxun took him down a minute into the second round. Almeida swept him 2 minutes into the round with a Kimura setup, and spent the next 3 minutes on top, in full mount, beating up Tuerxun. I scored this fight 20-18 for Almeida, and two judges agreed, giving Almeida the majority decision victory.
(Leg Kick & Punches)
      Nicholson blasted May with some brutal leg kicks to start the first round, as they both circled around each other and traded a few punches. Nicholson looked a little wild, as he was lunging in, and throwing wild shit, while May was mostly just standing there, trying to figure out what to block next. May landed some big punches 90 seconds into the round, and then Nicholson fired back with some big punches and knees, pressuring May up against the fence. Nicholson then blasted him with a lead leg kick, May was hurt, Nicholson followed it up with some big punches, May collapsed, Nicholson continued to pound on him with punches, and the fight was stopped 2 minutes into the opening round. That was a solid win for Alex Nicholson.
      These guys started the first round by trading jabs, until Siler dropped Malegarie with a combination 45 seconds into the opening round. Siler then jumped on him, and Malegarie wrapped him up in his half guard. They sort of stood up, Siler threw some knees from a semi-sprawling position, and then he attempted a guillotine choke roll, which Malegarie escaped, so they reset halfway through the round. They traded some punches to finish out the round. Round one pretty clearly goes to Siler based mostly on the grappling exchanges.
     The second round started with half a round worth of back & forth boxing, and then Malegarie took down Siler. The second round probably goes to Malegarie, but based on the weird "Whoever wins the first round, wins the decision" rule, I guess I would score this fight for Siler, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      The first round started with 90 seconds of nothing, and then Copeland rushed forward, threw some big punches, clinched, and pressed Barroso against the fence. They reset halfway through the round. Copeland threw some big punches again, and then they reset. This happened a few more times before the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Copeland.
     The second round was another slow paced round of boxing, with both guys mostly just staring at each other, with Copeland rushing in a few times, throwing some decent combinations, but not really doing any damage. Barroso controlled the clinch in the final 90 seconds, which might have been enough to steal the round, so it could be 19-19, but I scored this fight 20-18 for Copeland. All 3 judges scored the fight 19-19, so that means Copeland won this fight, because the PFL rules for this tournament are stupid, but I'm glad he won anyway.
      This fight started with both fighters circling each other for half a round, and then Harrison kicked Palmer in the dick. The fight started back up a few seconds later, and they continued to circle each other for the rest of the round. I don't think either fighter did enough to clearly win that round.
      The second round started with both guys circling each other for another 90 seconds, and then Palmer took down Harrison, and then took his back when he stood up. Palmer had the body triangle locked on, and tried to setup a rear-naked choke, as Harrison just stood up with his back pressed against the fence. Round two clearly goes to Palmer.
     Palmer scored another takedown 20 seconds into the final round, and then took Harrison's back again when he tried to stand up. This time, Harrison just sat down, and let Palmer roll him over to mount him. Palmer then locked on an arm-triangle choke from full mount. Harrison tried to throw punches to the body to escape, but he wasn't able to shake Palmer off the mount. In the end, Palmer deserved to win this fight, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving Palmer the unanimous decision victory, as he becomes the first fighter to ever beat Harrison.
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Rosholt drove through a clinch with a takedown, but Lins quickly stood back up. Rosholt continued to try to grind him against the fence with some heavy clinching, and he took him down again, but Lins was doing a good job getting back to his feet. Round one goes to Rosholt for grinding the shit out of Lins for the duration of the round, even though he didn't do any sort of actual damage.
     They both traded some big punches to start the second round, and then Lins dropped Rosholt with a big looping right hand, he jumped on him, unloaded with some big punches, and the fight was stopped just 45 seconds into the second round. That was a solid win for Lins.
(Illegal Upkick)
      The first round started with Siler throwing a lot of punches at Almeida's face, and he quickly opened a cut above Almeida's left eye. Almeida scrambled for back control, but Siler ended up on top inside Almeida's guard. Siler stood up with 2 minutes left in the round. Siler clinched and pressed Almeida against the fence. The referee split them up with a minute left in the round. Almeida finished the round with a few slapping leg kicks. Round one should go to Siler.
     Almeida started the second round with a pair of hard punches, a few slapping kicks, and then Almeida sort of fell down, kind of tried to pull guard, Siler sat down on his knees, sort of resting between Almeida's legs, and then Almeida kicked him in the face, with an "illegal upkick", and Siler said he couldn't continue, so Siler wins by DQ. That's fucking stupid. For a MILLION DOLLAR TOURNAMENT, you're telling me ONE FLAPPING UPKICK, was enough to put Siler away? Whatever... Congrats to Siler for the win I guess.
     I understand making soccer kicks illegal, but these fucking upkicks SHOULD be 100% legal in my opinion. It's also worth noting that 3 months ago, these guys fought each other, and Siler finished Almeida with a guillotine, 34 seconds into the first round, and Almeida never tapped, so this is two questionable stoppages in a row between these two, with Siler getting both wins.
      Nicholson came out throwing kicks, Copeland was throwing big punches, they were both throwing some big shots at each other, with Copeland stalking Nicholson, as Nicholson backed up while circling around the outside. Copeland clinched and pressed Nicholson against the fence a minute into the opening round, Nicholson tried to throw some knees, and then he blasted Copeland with a big spinning back fist that opened a big cut above Copeland's right eye. Nicholson rushed forward, throwing sloppy shit to try to finish the fight, and then Copeland dropped him with a massive right hand that knocked Nicholson the fuck out. That was a big win for Josh Copeland, as he moves on to the tournament finals to face Philipe Lins for a Million Dollars.