After six regular season events in the Professional Fighters’ League’s sophomore season, the playoff brackets in all six weight classes are set and we’re now ready to bring you the second year of the Armchair bracket breakdown.
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There’s been a change to the postseason format from last year with the advent of the PFL’s new Women’s Lightweight division.
With the exception of the Women’s Lightweight bracket, all PFL postseason tournaments will be conducted as eight-contender tournaments.
The Women’s Lightweight tournament, which will be our focus here today, will feature a four-contender postseason bracket.
This tournament will begin with its weight class’s semifinals during the Oct. 11 PFL 7 card in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, which is where all three of the playoff cards will be held.
That night’s card will also feature the Welterweight playoffs.
In the playoffs, quarterfinal rounds (held in all tournaments except the Women’s Lightweight playoffs) will be two rounds at five minutes per round, with the semifinals being three rounds at five minutes per round.
Should there be a draw after a judges’ decision in a quarterfinal, the winner of round one on the scorecards will advance to the semifinal as a tiebreaking procedure.
In the bracket, No. 1 seed Sarah Kaufman (21-4, 2-0 this season in the PFL) will meet No. 4 seed Larissa Pacheco (12-3, 1-1 this season in the PFL.)
The second semifinal will see No. 2 seed Kayla Harrison (5-0, 2-0 this season in the PFL) matching with No. 3 seed Genah Fabian (2-1, 1-1 this season in the PFL).
Winners advance to the PFL Championship card on New Year’s Eve, where a $1 million prize awaits the victors of the five-round fights.
We will abstain from making predictions on championship fights until the time comes. With that, let’s begin:
Semifinal: No. 1 seed Sarah Kaufman vs. No. 4 seed Larissa Pacheco
Heading into this playoff fight, 4th-seeded Larissa Pacheco is the taller contestant, standing at 5-foot-7, two inches taller than top-seeded Sarah Kaufman at 5-foot-5.
Sarah Kaufman has posted a 4-1 record during her last five fights, having clinched the No. 1 seed in the bracket with a win over Morgan Frier in PFL 1 on May 9 (first-round submission- arm triangle) and a walkover victory against Roberta Palm Samad in July.
Samad missed weight at the weigh-in the day before PFL 4, resulting in Sarah Kaufman automatically scoring three points in the standings and a playoff spot.
In the other corner, Larissa Pacheco has posted a record of 2-3 in her last five fights, including a .500 regular season in the PFL this year.
Most recently, she scored a first-round armbar against Bobbi Jo Dalziel in PFL 4 on July 11, securing six points in the standings and the last spot in the bracket.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Larissa Pacheco holds a two-inch reach (69 inches to 67 inches) over Sarah Kaufman.
Prediction: Sarah Kaufman by first-round knockout.
Semifinal: No. 2 seed Kayla Harrison vs. No. 3 seed Genah Fabian
Heading into this postseason fight, third-seeded Genah Fabian is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-9, an inch taller than second-seeded Kayla Harrison’s 5-foot-8 frame.
Kayla Harrison has yet to lose in her professional MMA career, including a perfect regular season.
Last time out, Harrison scored a first-round submission (keylock) against Morgan Frier in PFL 4, scoring six points in the standings (finishing with nine points total) and eliminating Frier from postseason in the process.
In the other corner, Genah Fabian has gone 2-1 so far in her early professional career, including a first-round knockout of Moriel Charneski in PFL 4 to score six points in the standings and secure a playoff berth.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Genah Fabian has an 8.5-inch reach advantage (74 inches to 65.5 inches) heading into this playoff contest.
Prediction: Kayla Harrison by first-round submission.
PFL Women’s Lightweight and Welterweight Playoffs: Friday, Oct. 11, ESPN2 and ESPN+, Las Vegas
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