Next month in Wales, the PFL heavyweight playoffs will see some changes.
Top seed Denis Goltsov will face No. 4 seed Bruno Cappelozza in the semifinals (29-7). Matheus Scheffel, who defeated Cappelozza in the regular season, will fill in for him (16-8). A reorganization was announced by PFL leaders on Thursday.
Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, will host the second round of the Professional Fighters League playoffs on Saturday, August 13th, including the heavyweight and welterweight semifinals. ESPN will broadcast the main event.
The opening bout of the season saw Scheffel knocked out by Ante Delija; he rallied in June to defeat Cappelozza by unanimous decision. The three regular-season points he earned put him outside the four-team playoff bracket. Until now, he had to settle for a spot on the bench.
The PFL’s second playoff event roster has been updated to incorporate the new addition:
MAIN CARD (ESPN, 1 p.m. ET)
- Rory MacDonald vs. Magomed Umalatov – welterweight semifinal
- Ante Delija vs. Renan Ferreira – heavyweight semifinal
- Denis Goltsov vs. Matheus Scheffel – heavyweight semifinal
- Sadibou Sy vs. Carlos Leal – welterweight semifinal
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 11 a.m. ET)
- Josh O’Connor vs. Emran Sakhizaada
- Mohammad Fakhreddine vs. Marcin Wojcik
- Chris Mixan vs. Christian Stigenberg
- Szymon Bajor vs. Hatef Moeil
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 3 p.m. ET)
- Will Fleury vs. Anthony Salamone
- Ben Ellis vs. Nathan Kelly
- Vojto Barborik vs. Maxim Radu
- Moktar Benkaci vs. Francesco Nuzzi