Carlos Leal’s heartwarming underdog story finally comes to an end in Saturday’s 2022 PFL 8 as Sadibo Sy wins competition in the opening round of the playoffs Decide.
Former LFA champion Leal started the season on the bench after knockout and decision wins in his two PFL Challenger series, a form of PFL performance where fighters can earn a spot this season and have a chance to win one. One million U.S. dollars. He started the regular season as an unnamed substitute, but in a nearly stopped fight when he excelled in mixed martial arts for a comprehensive victory over last year’s PFL welterweight champion Ray Cooper III Find yourself on the radar of many fans.
However, former kickboxing champion Sy won by a unanimous 29-27 decision on Saturday’s all-judging scorecard in Cardiff, Wales. The Swede has long dealt with his knockdown defense, but in his final bout with former UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald, he appeared to leave it behind. Although he was contained in the game for most of the game, he almost completely minimized the damage the Red King could do from that position. Against McDonnell, he beat his opponents twice and took Rory across the board with his long jab and lightning-quick kick.
It’s a similar game plan with Brazilian Leal. With a 4-inch height advantage and an 8-inch stretch advantage, Sy passed Leal, his jab bleeding Leal’s nose in the first round, and despite the competition, he clearly won the round. Leal came out intending to shoot, but gave up after two early failed attempts, and instead of building on the advantage he seemed to have in steals, he retreated to range after the shot was jammed.
The second round was a different story. Leal’s corner made it clear he needed to work in a pinch, and that’s what he did. Spent most of the bout there, sustained knee injuries. Even within striking range, the battle is much closer. While Sy still defends knockdowns, “The Lion” capitalized on Sadibou’s inclination to back him up with more intense pressure, and often charge in with big punches as he pushes his foes. The men swapped body kicks, which seemed to leave them equally exhausted by the end of the bout. While Sy held his own against the competition, Leal had all the momentum to almost certainly tie the scorecards heading into the third round.
The dichotomy between the two was as stark in the final round as it was in the first two: Leal wanted to get inside to catch or drop bombs, and Sy wanted to keep his distance so he could jab and kick with those long legs and arms . After a fine dance, the pair avoided each other’s shots most of the time, and Lyle got to his feet again, but then his knee inadvertently hit the Swede in the cup, causing the action to pause and knocking him to the ground. Recovery in a minute. Gary Copeland made an unusual and controversial move to score a point from Lear despite this being his first offense and not having been forewarned of any sort of foul.
Carlos Leal seemed to be driven mad by the deduction as he immediately came out of the timeout, swung the overhand and backed Sy to the fence. Sy tried to take the pressure off Leal with his own reactive knockout, and although Leal scrambled to get off the pressure, they resumed the strike. The last round is very thin. Sadib has a slightly higher hit rate than Lyle at range, but Lyle has two grip controls when dealing damage. On the scorecard, it could be a victory for Sadib West or a draw, and the new tiebreaker rules, which the PFL have not used so far, will go into effect and allow the judges to continue with the fighter who judges have the most complete job in the fight. go ahead.
However, all three judges have agreed that Sadib West will reach the final of the welterweight championship, where he will face Rory MacDonald in a rematch of the latest bout, or the regular-season No. 7 Seed Dilano Taylor and reserve on short notice. Fighting Rory in the Main Event today.
Official result: Sadibou Sy def. Carlos Leal unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)