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Semifinal Action Set for Lightweights, Light Heavyweights

Anthony Pettis is weighed in at the PFL 7 ceremony on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Cooper Neill/PFL)

The Professional Fighting League begins its playoffs in New York City on Friday, and this year’s PFL 7 card features semifinals between lightweight and lightweight contenders.

Former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis leads the way, and he has a chance to take revenge on regular-season rival Steve Ray. Ray made a shocking submission for “Showtime” earlier this year. The rematch will see the winner advance to the Million Dollar Final.

On the other side of the bracket, Canada’s Olivier Aubin-Mercier was paired with Alexander Martinez. In the light heavyweight bout, teammates Omari Ahmedov and Josh Silvera faced off on one side, while Rob Wilkinson and Deran Mount clashed on the other.

On Thursday, the card lost weight, with all the key players gaining weight. The PFL Lightweight and Lightweight Semifinals will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN+ on Friday, August 4, 2022.

PFL 7 2022 Weighing Results

ESPN+ Early Card

light heavyweight: Cory Hendricks (204.6 lbs) vs. Martin Hamlet (206 lbs) – 2023 Season Qualifiers
heavyweight: Marcelo Nunes (244.2 lbs) vs. Dylan Potter (255.2 lbs) – 2023 Season Qualifiers

ESPN card

light heavyweight: Robert Wilkinson (205.8 pounds) vs. Deranmont (205.2 pounds) – 2022 Semifinals
light: Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155 lbs) vs. Alexander Martinez (156 lbs) – 2022 Semifinals
light heavyweight: Omari Akhmedov (204.6 lbs) vs. Josh Silveira (206 lbs) – 2022 Semifinals
light: Anthony Pettis (155.6 lbs) vs. Steve Ray (155.8 lbs) – 2022 Semifinals

ESPN+ Late Card

Featherweight: Brahyan Zurcher (146 lbs) vs. Ricardo Jimenez (144.2 lbs) – 2023 Challenger Series Qualifiers
Lightweight: Erwin Espinosa (154.4 lbs) vs Corey Jackson (156 lbs) — 2023 Challenger Series Qualifiers
Welterweight: Lucas Barbosa (169.6 lbs) and Elma Umarov (171 lbs)
light: Alexei Pergander (155.8 pounds) and Elvis LeBron Quayles (155.8)
Welterweight: Mahmoud Sebie (170.8 lbs) vs. Itso Babulaidze (170.8 lbs)

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