By the time this article is in the can (that’s a fancy industry term for “completed”, by the way), we’ll be 50 percent done with breaking down this year’s playoff field.

Today, we move on to the PFL 8 card, which takes place Thursday night, Oct. 17 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

PFL 8 features the Featherweight and Lightweight postseason.

We’ll focus today on the former.

As you know by now, the playoff cards feature quarterfinals and semifinals on the same evening.

Quarterfinal fights are a maximum of two rounds at five minutes per round, with semifinals being three rounds at five minutes per round.

Should there be a draw in a quarterfinal fight in the event of a judges’ decision, the winner of round one on the scorecards will progress through to the semifinal as a tiebreaking procedure.

Note: We will refrain from making predictions on the championship fights at this time.

In the Featherweight playoffs, No. 1 seed and defending champion Lance Palmer (19-3, 2-0 this season in the PFL) will meet No. 8 seed Gadzhi Rabadanov (12-3-2, 1-0 this season in the PFL.)

The winner of that contest meets the winner of the contest between No. 4 seed Alex Gilpin (13-2, 1-1 this season in the PFL) and No. 5 seed Andre Harrison (21-1-1, 1-0-1 this season in the PFL) in the semifinal later in the evening.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 seed Movlid Khaybulaev (14-0-1, 1-0-1 this season in the PFL) meets No. 7 seed Daniel Pineda (26-13, 1-0 this season in the PFL).

That winner will progress through to the semifinal later in the evening, where the winner of the 3 vs. 6 matchup between No. 3 seed Luis Rafael Laurentino (34-2, 1-1 this season in the PFL) and No. 6 seed Jeremy Kennedy (14-2, 1-1 this season in the PFL.)

Quarterfinal: No. 1 seed Lance Palmer vs. No. 8 seed Gadzhi Rabadanov

Contender Comparison:

Heading into the playoffs, Gadzhi Rabadanov is the taller contestant in this quarterfinal. He stands 5-foot-9, three inches taller than champion Lance Palmer at 5-foot-6.
Lance Palmer has gone 5-0 in his last five MMA appearances, sweeping the regular season in the PFL in 2019.

Last time out, Palmer scored a third-round knockout of No. 3 seed Luis Rafael Laurentino to give him four points in the standings, clinching the top seed with seven points total in two fights.

In the other corner, Gadzhi Rabadanov has posted a record of 4-0 with one cancellation in his last five scheduled fights.

Most recently, Rabadanov’s scheduled July 25 contest against No. 7 seed Daniel Pineda was called off during the July 24 weigh-in after he failed to make weight.

Pineda was automatically awarded three points via the walkover rule.

Rabadanov won by decision on May 24 against Steven Siler, giving him three points in the standings.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Rabadanov holds a three-inch reach advantage (72 inches to 69 inches) over Palmer.

Prediction: Lance Palmer by first-round knockout.

Quarterfinal: No. 4 Alex Gilpin vs. No. 5 Andre Harrison:

Contender Comparison:

Heading into this contest, Andre Harrison is the taller fighter. He stands 5-foot-8, one inch taller than Alex Gilpin at 5-foot-7.

Gilpin has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, most recently scoring a first-round submission due to a guillotine choke on July 25 in PFL 5 vs. Freddy Assuncao. This gave him six points in the standings.

In the other corner, Harrison has posted a mark of 3-1-1 in his last five fights, most recently fighting to a draw against No. 2 seed Movlid Khaybulaev on July 25, netting him one point in the standings.

He finished the regular year with four points in the standings after two fights.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Alex Gilpin owns a three-inch reach advantage (72 inches to 69 inches) heading into the playoffs.

Prediction: Alex Gilpin by first-round submission.

Quarterfinal: No. 2 Movlid Khaybulaev vs. No. 7 Daniel Pineda

Contender Comparison:

Heading into this quarterfinal, Daniel Pineda is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-7, one inch taller than Movlid Khaybulaev at 5-foot-6.

Movlid Khaybulaev has gone 4-0-1 in his last five fights, most recently battling to a draw against No. 5 seed Andre Harrison in PFL 5 on July 25, good for one point in the standings.

This draw gave him seven points total in the standings after the regular season.

In the other corner, Daniel Pineda has gone 4-1 in his last five scheduled fights, most recently winning via the walkover rule against No. 8 seed Gadzhi Rabadanov after the latter missed weight prior to PFL 5 on July 25.

In the PFL regular season, if a fighter misses weight prior to a scheduled fight, that fighter’s opponent is no longer bound to the contest and can take the automatic three points if they so choose.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that both Movlid Khaybulaev and Daniel Pineda own a 70-inch reach heading into this fight.

Prediction: Movlid Khaybulaev by decision.

Quarterfinal: No. 3 seed Luis Rafael Laurentino vs. No. 6 seed Jeremy Kennedy:
Contender Comparison:

Heading into the final quarterfinal, Jeremy Kennedy is the taller combatant, standing 5-foot-11, three inches taller than Luis Rafael Laurentino’s 5-foot-8 frame.

Luis Rafael Laurentino has posted a record of 3-2 in his last five fights, losing on July 25 in PFL 5 against No. 1 seed Lance Palmer by third-round knockout, finishing the regular year with six points in the standings.

In the other corner, Jeremy Kennedy has likewise gone 3-2 in his last five fights, winning last time out vs. Steven Siler on July 25 by decision.

The Tale of the Tape:

Tapology shows that Jeremy Kennedy holds a two-inch reach advantage (71 inches to 69 inches) over Luis Rafael Laurentino.

Prediction: Jeremy Kennedy by decision.

Semifinal: No. 1 seed Lance Palmer vs. No. 4 seed Alex Gilpin:

The semifinals in the PFL playoffs will be predicated on stamina, given the two fights in one night format.

Ultimately, this round of postseason will be determined by who has more stamina left.

This having been said, this pairing would be interesting to see if it comes to pass.

Prediction: Lance Palmer by first-round knockout.

Semifinal: No. 2 seed Movlid Khaybulaev vs. No. 6 seed Jeremy Kennedy:

Again, stamina is going to be the determinant in this round of the playoffs, given the format of postseason play in the PFL.

Prediction: Movlid Khaybulaev by first-round TKO.

PFL Featherweight Playoffs: Thursday, Oct. 17, ESPN2 & ESPN+.

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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