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Professional Fighters League
has successfully created a niche
identity for itself amidst a mixed martial arts promotion industry
dominated by a corporate titan.

The PFL hasn’t tried to compete with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
since their first event; the NBC
Sports-based promotion is a strictly a playoffs-based format, with
the eventual divisional champs winning a $1 million prize. The PFL
doesn’t hold their events on Saturday nights like the UFC or even
Friday nights like Bellator usually does. PFL events are on
Thursdays, and there’s nothing better than MMA on a Thursday
night.

Thursday’s PFL 6, which is a part of the 2018 regular season,
features the quick return of Ray Cooper
III
, who avenged his father’s loss to Jake Shields
by knocking Shields out last month. That is a distinction Cooper
III (14-4) shares with just two other fighters throughout Shields’
43-fight career.

“Bradda Boy” faces Pavel Kusch,
who himself advanced in PFL’s welterweight tournament on the back
of a huge upset victory. Kusch (23-5) was little more than cannon
fodder for Khabib
Nurmagomedov
’s cousin, Abubakar (14-2), when Kusch stunned the
MMA world with a second round submission win.

Elsewhere on the card, Magomed Magomedkerimov takes on UFC veteran
Bojan
Velickovic
, while other familiar names such as Shields, Judo
standout Kayla
Harrison
, Eddie
Gordon
, John Howard
and Rick
Story
help to round out the rest of the card.

PFL 6 airs live on NBC Sports from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

PFL 6 Weigh-In Results:

Ray
Cooper III
(169.4) vs. Pavel Kusch
(169.8)
Magomed
Magomedkerimov
(170.2) vs. Bojan
Velickovic
(170.2)
Kayla
Harrison
(155.8) vs. Jozette
Cotton
(155.2)
Abubakar
Nurmagomedov
(170.4) vs. Jonatan
Westin
(170.2)
Joao
Zeferino
(170.4) vs. Yuri
Villefort
(171)
Rick
Story
(171) vs. Carlton
Minus
(170)
Jake
Shields
(170.8) vs. Herman
Terrado
(170.8)
John
Howard
(185.8) vs. Bruno
Santos
(185.4)
Abusupiyan
Magomedov
(185.6) vs. Anderson
Goncalves
(185.6)
Shamil
Gamzatov
(185.8) vs. Rex Harris
(185.2)
Louis
Taylor
(185.4) vs. Andre
Luis Leal Lobato
(185.4)
Gasan
Umalatov
(186) vs. Eddie
Gordon
(185.4)


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