NEW YORK – The Professional Fighters League today announced its main event and full card matchups for 2022 PFL 5, taking place on June 24 at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
2021 heavyweight world champion Bruno Cappelozza (15-5) returns for his second regular season bout where he will take on fellow-Brazilian Matheus Scheffel (15-8) in what should be an explosive slugfest. The returning champ ended Stuart Austin's night with a first-round knockout to secure six points, putting him in great position to make the playoffs. Scheffel will need to earn a stoppage if he has any hopes of making the postseason after he dropped his first match to Croatian slugger Ante Delija.
Anthony Pettis (25-12) returns to the PFL lightweight division after an impressive submission win over Myles Price at PFL 3 which earned him six points that have him atop the division standings. He'll look to add to that total when he takes on Scotland's Stevie Ray (23-10) in the co-headliner. While Pettis is comfortably positioned, Ray will likely need an early stoppage to bank enough points to earn a playoff spot.
2021 featherweight finalist Chris Wade (21-7) is in a dogfight to secure a fourth consecutive postseason berth. With no finishes in the first half of the year, the featherweight division is wide open heading into the second half of the season and Wade will have his hands full with well-rounded veteran Kyle Bochniak (11-6).
Renan Ferreira (9-2) displayed his frightening skillset in his 25 second destruction of Jamelle Jones in their first-round matchup. The 6-foot-8 "Problema" unloaded on his opponent to score the six-point finish and secure his place atop the heavyweight standing. He will look to extend his impressive PFL run when he steps in against his countryman Klidson Abreu (16-5) to round out the main card of PFL 5. Abreu will need to figure out a way to solve Ferreira, and early, if he has any intention of making a playoff appearance in 2022.
"The stakes continue to rise on the road to the PFL playoffs live from OTE Arena in Atlanta," PFL CEO Peter Murray said. "The PFL's unique season format makes each fight a must win and delivers the best MMA action to the millions of fans around the world."
"The PFL athletes delivered a thrilling first half of the 2022 PFL regular season," PFL president of fighter operations Ray Sefo said. "As PFL playoffs approach each fighter is looking earn their spot. At PFL 5, the heavyweights and featherweights will take to the SmartCage in hopes to make their dreams become a reality."
The second half of the 2022 PFL Season begins June 17 on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. The remaining regular season events will take place on June 24 and July 1. Tickets to see PFL live at OTE Arena in Atlanta are available now.
PFL is the first and only MMA league with a true sports-season format where elite fighters from around the world compete in a regular season, playoffs and championship. The four competitors in each division who earn the most points during the regular season, advance to the win-or-go-home playoffs, followed by the biggest night in MMA – the PFL world championship – with each winner going home with the $1 million prize.
The 2022 PFL 5 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (ESPN, ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET)
- Bruno Cappelozza vs. Matheus Scheffel
- Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray
- Chris Wade vs. Kyle Bochniak
- Renan Ferreira vs. Klidson Abreu
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5:30 p.m. ET)
- Ante Delija vs. Stuart Austin
- Denis Goltsov vs. Sam Kei
- Ali Isaev vs. Jamelle Jones
- Bubba Jenkins vs. Saba Bolaghi
- Lance Palmer vs. Sheymon Moraes
- Brendan Loughnane vs. Boston Salmon
- Alejandro Flores vs. Ryoji Kudo