Impa Kasanganay Earns Top Seed In Pfl Light Heavyweight Playoffs With TKO Victory

It’s just another day in paradise—or should I say Salt Lake City—for the Professional Fighters League, as the 2024 PFL Global Season rolled into town with a bang. The Huntsman Center hosted a whopping twelve-fight card, featuring fighters from the Lightweight and Light Heavyweight divisions throwing down in the cage, all eager to inch closer to that sweet million-dollar prize.

The co-main event was nothing short of a drama-filled slugfest. Impa Kasanganay, the reigning 2023 PFL Light Heavyweight Champion, exchanged heavy leather with Jakob Nedoh, until a barrage from Kasanganay forced a doctor to call it quits for Nedoh after the second round. Talk about a painful interruption! Kasanganay marches on in his quest for another hefty paycheck in the 2024 playoffs.

In the main event spotlight, hometown hero Clay Collard faced off against Mads Burnell in a gripping three-rounder. Despite the local cheers, Burnell dominated with his slick ground game, earning a unanimous nod from the judges and playing the ultimate party crasher in Collard’s return.

The evening also saw some playoff dreams dashed. Former Bellator Lightweight champ Patricky Pitbull was edged out by Bruno Miranda in a split decision heartbreaker, knocking both warriors out of playoff contention. Meanwhile, Rob Wilkinson and Josh Silveira tangled in a technical showcase, with Wilkinson sneaking away with a split decision, securing both fighters a spot in the playoffs.

Over in the Light Heavyweight matchup, Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov from Turkmenistan proved too much for Cameroon’s Simon Biyong, earning a unanimous decision and his ticket to the playoffs. In another bout, Antônio Carlos Jr. couldn’t get past Alex Polizzi, with both fighters seeing their playoff hopes evaporate with the final bell.

Not forgetting the submission artists and knockout kings, Brent Primus choked out Solomon Renfro in round three, clinching a playoff berth, while Sadibou Sy stopped Andrew Sanchez with a third-round TKO.

Lightweight action saw Gadzhi Rabadanov and Elvin Espinoza go toe-to-toe, with Rabadanov coming out on top by unanimous decision to punch his playoff ticket. Adam Piccolotti split the judges against Michael Dufort, but only Dufort managed to scrape into the playoffs.

And let’s not overlook the newcomers making noise: Sergio Cossio celebrated his PFL debut with a unanimous decision win over Anthony Romero, extending his winning streak to nine. The first fight of the evening saw Brahyan Zurcher maintain his undefeated streak with a second-round KO against Julian Ruiz.

With Salt Lake City now in the rear-view mirror, the 2024 PFL Global Season is set to continue on Friday, June 28, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Tune in for Featherweight and Welterweight action, live across ESPN platforms in the U.S. and DAZN in Canada and Europe, along with other premium sports platforms globally. Don’t miss it, or you’ll miss out on the fighters continuing their quest for glory and cold, hard cash.


PFL Salt Lake City Main Card Results:

Mads Burnell (19-6) def. Clay Collard (24-13) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Impa Kasanganay (17-4) def. Jakob Nedoh (8-3) by 2nd Round TKO (doctor stoppage/ 5:00)

Bruno Miranda (17-5) def. Patricky Pitbull (25-14) by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Rob Wilkinson (19-2, 1NC) def. Josh Silveira (13-3) by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (23-7-1) def. Simon Biyong (9-5) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alex Polizzi (11-4) def. Antônio Carlos Jr (16-6, 2 NC) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Early Card Results:

Brent Primus (14-3) def. Solomon Renfro (11-6) by 3rd round submission (3:21)

Sadibou Sy (18-8-2, 1 NC) def. Andrew Sanchez (14-8) via 3rd Round TKO (4:02)

Gadzhi Rabadanov (22-4-2) def. Elvin Espinoza (10-1) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Adam Piccolotti (15-6) def. Michael Dufort (13-5) by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Sergio Cossio (27-9-1) def. Anthony Romero (12-3) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Brahyan Zurcher (9-0) def. Julian Ruiz (4-1) via 2nd round KO (1:26)

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