Canadian welterweight Raleigh (Red King) McDonald has a new opponent for Saturday’s Professional Fighters League semi-finals after Russia’s Magomed Umaratov failed to obtain a visa to enter the UK.
McDonald (23-9-1) and Umaratov (12-0-0) were scheduled to meet in the main event of the PFL playoff card at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. The title and his $1 million payday are looming.
But on Thursday, the PFL said Umaratov and fellow Russian heavyweight Denis Gortsov could not enter the country with a replacement on their card.
The 33-year-old BC native, fighting from Montreal, will face third-choice substitute American Dilano (Postman) Taylor. The PFL said its first two alternates, Russia’s 2018 welterweight champion Magomed Magomedkerimov and Hawaii’s 2019 and 2020 titleholder Ray Cooper III, were not available.
American Juan (The Kraken) Adams takes on Brazilian Mateus Scheffer (16-8-0) after beating 2021 champion and compatriot Bruno Cappelozza at PFL 5 on June 24. intervene instead of
“It is very disappointing for these two fighters who fought in the playoffs and earned a spot,” Ray Sefo, president of fighter operations for the PFL, said in a statement. Despite this, we are delighted to join such a deep roster and excited to see what Dilano Taylor and Juan Adams can do with this great opportunity. increase.”
Taylor (9-2-0) defeated Brazil’s Joao Zeferino by split decision in PFL 3 on May 6 before losing to Magomed Kerimov in PFL 6 on July 1 by second-round TKO. season as a replacement after stopping Mark (Showtime) Martin in the PFL Challenger Series in February.
Adams was added as a late regular-season substitute, defeating Australian Sam (K9) Kaye in PFL 5 by two-round TKO.
Sweden’s Sadiebow Sy (no contest at 11-6-2) will take on Brazil’s Carlos (The Lion) Real (17-3-0) in Saturday’s welterweight semifinals.
Sy defeated MacDonald by unanimous decision in PFL 6. MacDonald started the season with a submission victory in his first round over American Brett (Fudoshin) Copper in PFL 3.
Unlike other MMA promotions, the PFL features a regular season, playoffs, and championships across six divisions, with 10 players in each division. His four fighters in each division who scored the most points in the regular season will advance to the playoffs, where the two semi-final winners will go head-to-head for the title and his $1 million prize.
Despite losing to Sy, McDonald emerged as the top seed in the welterweight class thanks to the extra points earned in his stoppage win over Cooper. Umaratov was the No. 4 seed.
(Canadian Gangster) Olivier Aubin Mercier advanced to the PFL lightweight final last Friday after defeating Alex Martinez of Paraguay by unanimous decision.
The 33-year-old from San Bruno de Monterville, Cay, will face Scotland’s Stevie (Braveheart) Ray for the £155 title.
Canada’s Raleigh (Red King) McDonald gets new opponent on eve of PFL semi-final
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