Live from Atlantic City, New Jersey, PFL presents it’s 6th fight since it’s new season format. Starting off the Facebook Live prelims for PFL 6 had major implications. Eddie Gordon faces fellow Middleweight Gasan Umalatov, with the winner being taken out of playoff contention. In Umalatov’s corner for this fight was Khabib Nurmagomedov. In Gordon’s corner was Matt Serra and Ray Longo. The first round was a feeling out process with a burst of energy in the final 30 seconds. In the final two rounds both fighters fought a composed battle, with Umalatov outplaying him. All three judges gave Umalatov won 30-27 unanimously. Gordon seemed confident up until the moment that the score was announced. This was an obvious closed case before the announcement even came.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Gordon 9 9 9 27
Umalatov 10 10 10 30

The second bout went to the ground almost immediately. Andre Lobato was trying repeatedly to get a submission in, but Taylor was avoiding it while landing strikes. The commentary booth did not understand why Taylor repeatedly went for takedowns on a guy who has such good ground game. Taylor had good takedowns in the second, outscoring Lobato who wasn’t engaging as much. This fight went the distance with the judges giving Taylor the Unanimous win (30-27, 30-27 & 30-26).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Taylor 10 10 10 30
Lobato 9 9 9 27

The next fight is Rex Harris, who defeated Lobato who just fought a few shows ago, facing Shamil Gamzatov. This fight was very close, staying standing for most of the time. Just like the two fights before this one went the whole 15 minutes. Gamzatov stays undefeated after a Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Harris 9 9 10 28
Gamzatov 10 10 9 29

Abus Magomedov faced Anderson Goncalves in the next bout. In the first round Magomedov landed a strong right strike to down Goncalves. The ref rushed over to end the fight while Magomedov was adding a few extra punches to the exchange.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Magomedov
Goncalves

Continuing with the prelims, Bruno Santos tested his skills against John Howard. Howard fought in a style where he would act all collected but then explode with punched every 20 seconds. Santos took it to the ground with two takedowns in the first round. Howard hit Santos many times in the second round then took him down to the ground. It looked scary for Santos but he recovered. Howard was fighting the clock at the end of round 3 as he had an submission move on Santos. Santos was able to last the final 10 seconds, making the fight go the distance. Bruno Santos picked up his win Unanimously (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Santos 10 10 10 30
Howard 9 9 9 27

Jake Shields, who was coming off his main event loss from a months ago is facing Herman Terrado. This was another elimination bout. The first round was close, but went to Shields in my book. The second round was primarily on the ground. Shields got a takedown then stayed in control for the rest of the time. In the final round Shields started to get rocked by some shots while standing. He recovered when he went to the ground. Shields held on for the rest of the round and made it go to decision. The judges all had Shields win 29-28.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Terrado 9 9 10 28
Shields 10 10 9 29

Carlton Minus comes in as a last moment replacement to face Rick Story in the final preliminary bout. Minus has fought his whole career in Alaska up until now. Story was dominant in the first round, not ever coming close to a finish, but being successful. Story did a takedown and went into full guard seemingly with ease in the second round. When Story slipped in the Rear Naked Choke it put him away. Completely one sided fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Minus 9
Story 10

Starting off the main card on NBCSN was Joao Zeferino versus Yuri Villefort. Zeferino had outstanding ground game in the first round, with his strikes visibly shaking Villefort. Zeferino had a slower second round, exploding in the end of the round. In the third round Zeferino finally put a stop to it with a Rear Naked Choke. After the fight Zeferino talked about how he was battling illness leading up to the fight. His will power to not give up is what powered him on.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Zeferino 10 10
Villefort 9 9

In the first elimination fight of the main card, Jonatan Westin faced Abubakar Nurmagomedov. In the first round Nurmagomedov was hit below the belt by accident. Luckily he was able to get back into the battle within moments. Nurmagomedov was able to take it to the ground in the first round and land tons of strikes. At the start of round 2 Westin got clipped right before getting taken down. Westin got close to putting in a Triangle Choke but could not succeed with it. With a minute left Westin almost slipped in a submission but Abubakar avoided. Westin had a significant cut on his head throughout the third round. The judges gave Abubakar Nurmagomedov the win via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28). This continued the winning streak for fighters that Khabib Nurmagomedov were cornering this evening.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Westin 9 9 9 27
Nurmagomedov 10 10 10 30

The next fight is a very interesting one. Jozette Cotton faced Kayla Harrison. Harrison made her debut at PFL 2 winning via submission. It will be interesting to see how she can fair in only her second fight. Harrison called her shot, that being either a KO or a submission in round 1. When Cotton was asked what she predicts, she said she will win in the second round via stoppage. A very good video package about Harrison was played before the fight. Harrison took the fight to the ground, where Cotton didn’t want it. Harrison went into full mount with a minute left and started swinging away. Harrison put in an Armbar with 20 seconds to go, but Cotton survived. Kayla brought the fight back to the ground almost immediately in the second round. Kayla seemed less focused on submission moves and more focused on strikes this time around. 15 seconds into the third round Harrison executed another takedown. When Harrison started to really land strikes on top the ref finally put a stop to it. It was impressive how long Cotton was able to stay in the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Cotton 8 9
Harrison 10 10

Bojan Velickovic faced Magomed Magomedkerimov in the co-main event of the evening. Just like many other fights on this card, Khabib was in the Russian’s corner. Magomed got a takedown and put Velickovic in a Guillotine. Somehow he escaped the hold, which was applied tightly. A section of the crowd was rallying behind Magomed. There was a pause for both fighters in this fight as each other them were hit in the groin. The second round was so close, with very entertaining ground game. This fight went the distance in a absolute competition. Khabib’s management goes 5-0 tonight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Velickovic 9 10 9 29
Magomedkerimov 10 9 10 28

In the main event of the evening, Paulo Kusch faced Ray Cooper III. 15 seconds into the main event Cooper III floored Kusch with strikes making the ref step in almost immediately. It looked like he landed a strike after the ref intervened, but it didn’t connect. The crowd was absolutely stunned by this stoppage. Cooper III clinched the #1 seed for his weight class with this win. Kusch left the octagon before the official decision. This wrapped up PFL 6.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Kusch
Cooper III