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2022 PFL Playoffs 2 results: Dilano Taylor advances to world championship after upset victory over Rory MacDonald

Ante Delija, Matheus Scheffel and Sadibou Sy also earn spots in 2022 PFL world championship
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CARDIFF, Wales – The Professional Fighters League continued its 2022 playoffs with an action-packed night at 2022 PFL Playoffs 2 live from Motorpoint Arena. The evening's card featured four playoff bouts across the heavyweight and welterweight divisions, and four fighters advanced to the 2022 PFL world championship.

In the night's main event, Dilano Taylor, a late replacement, upset top-seed Rory MacDonald via first-round TKO. The 25-year old Jamaican shocked the MMA legend by landing crisp jabs and heavy power punches. Taylor, who competed in the 2022 PFL Challenger Series, promised a changing of the guard and kept his word. Taylor will face Sweden's Sadibou Sy at the PFL world championship with a world title and $1 million in the balance.

In the evening's co-main event, 2021 PFL heavyweight runner-up and current No. 2 seed Ante Delija squared off with Renan Ferreira, who came into the bout as the third seed. Delija, a Mirko Cro Cop protege, went straight at the 6-foot-8 Ferreira, taking him down and finishing with a ground and pound TKO. Delija will face Matheus Scheffel at the 2022 PFL world championship. 

Scheffel matched up with Juan Adams in the first Heavyweight Playoff contest of the night. Scheffel dominated the match and advanced to the PFL world championship after defeating Adams via third-round TKO. In his first season with the PFL, Scheffel defeated 2021 PFL heavyweight champion Bruno Cappelozza and now has a chance to claim the heavyweight title and $1 million purse.

The 2022 PFL playoffs continued with the welterweight division, with the second seeded Sy facing the third seeded Carlos Leal with a trip to the PFL world championship on the line. The contest went the three-round distance, with Sy defeating Leal by unanimous decision, snapping Leal's 11-fight win streak. Competing in his fourth PFL playoff semifinal, Sy earns his first trip to the PFL world championship, where he will face Taylor. 

"PFL's U.K. debut in Cardiff showcased the best MMA action in the world, as fighters earned trips to the PFL world championship and competed for positions in the inaugural PFL Europe Season," PFL CEO Peter Murray said. "We now look forward to the continuation of the 2022 PFL playoffs on August 20 at Copperbox Arena in London." 

"The PFL athletes always rise to the occasion and give MMA fans the best action in the world," PFL president of fighter operations Ray Sefo said. "Congratulations to the fighters moving on to the 2022 PFL world championship and to our fighters who earned a spot in the inaugural PFL Europe season. I am looking forward to an exciting PFL playoff finale next week in London."

PFL Playoffs 2 results include:

PFL EUROPE QUALIFIERS

  • Lee Chadwick def. Przemyslaw Mysiala via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Will Fleury def. Anthony Salamone via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Maxim Radu def. Vojto Barborik via submission (injury) – Round 1, 1:15
  • Moktar Menkaci vs. Francesco Nuzzi declared no contest (accidental eye-poke) – Round 2, 4:10

MAIN CARD

  • Dilano Taylor def. Rory MacDonald via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:59 – welterweight semifinal
  • Ante Delija def. Renan Ferreira via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:31 – heavyweight semifinal
  • Matheus Scheffel def. Juan Adams via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:45 – heavyweight semifinal
  • Sadibou Sy def. Carlos Leal via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) – welterweight semifinal
  • Nathan Kelly def. Ben Ellis via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:45

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Josh O'Connor def. Emran Sakhizada via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:56
  • Marcin Wojcik def. Mick Stanton via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:04)
  • Chris Mixan def. Christian Stigenberg via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Szymon Bajor def. Ronny Markes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)