PFL 4 brought us all the excitement and thrills we expected, with the featherweights and lightweights battling it out for the final playoff spots. We witnessed the MMA debut of female Boxing star Claressa Shields take on Brittney Elkin in the main event. Let’s take a look at the PFL 4 results and takeaways from Thursday night’s action.
PFL 4 Results
Claressa Shields def. Brittney Elkin via TKO (Punches) – Round 3 (1:44)
Clay Collard def. Joilton Lutterbach via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bubba Jenkins def. Bobby Moffett via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Brendan Loughnane def. Tyler Diamond via Majority Decision (30-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Natan Schulte def. Alex Martinez via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Marcin Held via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Loik Radzhabov def. Akhmed Aliev via TKO (Punches) – Round 1 (0:27)
Sheymon Moraes def. Jesse Stirn via Submission (Kimura) – Round 2 (4:59)
Chris Wade def. Arman Ospanov via KO (Punches) – Round 2 (2:18)
PFL 4 Takeaways
One Featherweight Spot up for Grabs
Brendan Loughnane showed his potential for a second fight running after defeating Tyler Diamond via majority decision. It’s safe to say Loughnane was pretty dominant over Diamond in what was potentially fight of the night, where one judge made an absurd decision to score the bout 28-28. Despite the variety of PFL 4 results, the 28-28 scorecard was by far the strangest.
With a first-round knockout over Sheymon Moraes at PFL 1, Loughnane was already looking the favorite to win the featherweight division. He was inches away from finishing Diamond with the heavy strikes on the ground in the second round. The pair ended up going the distance, with Loughnane earning three more points to stay on top.
Chris Wade earned himself a second victory after his stunning performance over Arman Ospanov. The American’s powerful striking was too much for the Kazakhstani, who got flattened in the second round. Wade has found himself in the second play-off spot to progress through.
A second strong performance from Bubba Jenkins, over Bobby Moffett, has advanced him straight to the playoffs. The first two rounds were pretty much dominated by Jenkins, who piled the pressure on Moffett with constant takedowns. In the final round, Moffett bounced back and attempted several rear-naked chokes to try and steal the victory. Despite a positive final round for Moffett, it was not enough to sway the judges his way.
With Moraes finding a stunning kimura to submit Jesse Stirn on the buzzer of the second round, he earned himself five points to jump into the fourth and final spot. Movlid Khaybulaev and Lance Palmer have only fought once, so they will be allowed to compete against each other for the final spot on June 25th, with Khaybulaev in control on three points and Palmer on zero.
Only Two Lightweights Confirmed for the Semifinals
Clay Collard earned the number one spot in the lightweight division, overcoming Joilton Lutterbach via split decision. After a strong first round from Lutterbach, Collard found his groove in the second round and built on it in the third, out-striking his opponent to edge the judges’ scorecards. Loik Radzhabov came up with a stunning first-round knockout in 27 seconds over Akhmed Aliev to earn himself six points and a place in the semi-finals.
Multiple reports cited illness as the reason Anthony Pettis pulled out of his bout against Alexander Martinez. “Showtime” will be given one more opportunity to make the playoffs on June 25th, when he faces third-placed Raush Manfio. The Brazilian was scheduled to face Natan Schulte, but PFL rebooked Schulte to face Martinez. In a back and forth contest, Martinez edged the former lightweight champion via split decision.
Manfio deservedly gets another shot against Pettis after earning three points against Lutterbach at PFL 1. He now has a great opportunity to beat Pettis and progress through to the playoffs. Despite beating Marcin Held, Olivier Aubin-Mercier has been eliminated from the competition.
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