Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information
and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and
portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into
the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories
behind those numbers.
TOTAL NUMBER OF PFL FIGHTS: 427
TOTAL NUMBER OF PFL EVENTS: 44
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Returning to Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the first time since
WSOF 5 in 2013,
Professional Fighters League brought the second stage of the
opening round of the welterweight and middleweight tournaments. The
event featured the quickest win in
World Series of Fighting/PFL history, the incredibly rare
occasion where no betting underdog scored an upset and a team that
dominated the entire night.
TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR: Following PFL 6, four
Westin and Carlton
Minus) and three middleweights (Anderson
Gordon and Andre Lobato) were eliminated from their respective
ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN: All 11 fighters that closed
as betting favorites in their respective bouts won at PFL 6, with
the bout between Jake Shields
Terrado closing as a pick-em with virtually even odds.
KHABIB TIME: Every fighter cornered by
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib
Nurmagomedov prevailed at PFL 6: Magomed Magomedkerimov,
Gamzatov and Gasan
NOT LUCKY IN THIS CASE: PFL 6 featured seven bouts
that went the distance, the most of any tournament event to date by
far, with no other event in the 2018 Regular Season having more
than four bouts end by decision.
SPEEDY SPEED BOY: Starching Pavel Kusch
in just 18 seconds, Ray Cooper
III scored the fastest victory in WSOF/PFL history, beating the
previous record set by Nick Browne
Outlaw at WSOF 13 by seven seconds.
TIME WASTED CAN NEVER BE REGAINED: Six of Cooper’s
10 knockout victories have occurred in the first minute of the
first round, following his 18-second knockout of Kusch.
LIKE A WRECKING BALL: Kayla
Harrison became the second female fighter in company history to
record multiple victories, joining Jessica
Aguilar, after she stopped Jozette Cotton with strikes in Round
THE FAMILY THAT SLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER:
Picking up his sixth victory under the WSOF/PFL banner, Abubakar
Nurmagomedov, cousin and adopted brother of UFC lightweight champ
Khabib Nurmagomedov, now holds the third most wins with the
promotion among fighters currently on the active roster. He trails
Valiev (8) and Lance
JO-WOW: When he submitted Yuri
Villefort in the third round with a quick rear naked choke,
Zeferino picked up his 16th career submission victory. His
previous 15 submission wins had all taken place inside the first
THIS AIN’T OVER, GRINDER: Earning a decision win
over John Howard,
Santos has gone the distance in each of his last 17 bouts,
THE ONES WHO HELP TO SET THE SUN: Knocking out
Goncalves in the first round, middleweight Abusupiyan
Magomedov became the fourth fighter in the tournament to notch
two first-round finishes and earn the maximum total of 12 points.
Only featherweight Steven
Siler, light heavyweight Vinny
Magalhaes and heavyweight Francimar
Barroso have also accomplished this feat.
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into PFL 6, Cotton
had never been stopped (9 fights), Minus had never been defeated
(10 fights) and Westin had never lost a fight that made it to the
scorecards (13 fights).
Jay Pettry is an attorney and a statistician. Writing about MMA
since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012, and writing
for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together
many fight result and entrance music databases to better study the
sport. You can find him on Twitter at @jaypettry.