Inside Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater on August 5, the Professional Fighters League begins its innovative playoff format. Fighters who earned points to make it to the playoffs will now fight for their spot in the PFL finals.
PFL 7 will see the lightweights and light heavyweights in action. In the main event, Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray compete in a lightweight bout. They will face the winner of Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alex Martinez in the finals.
Pettis is a former WEC and UFC lightweight champion. He faced Stevie Ray back in June at PFL 5, losing to him via submission. Ray is a former CWFC and BAMMA British lightweight champion. Now the two are ready to go at it once again.
A member of The Ultimate Fighter in 2014, Aubin-Mercier joined the PFL in 2021. He is 4-0 with the promotion, and he beat Raush Manfio back in June to advance to the semifinals. Martinez made his pro debut in 2016. He beat Stevie Ray to open the 2022 season, and earned a split decision win over fan favorite Clay Collard in June.
Josh Silveira and Omari Akhmedov face off in light heavyweight action. Competing primarily in LFA, Silveira beat Mohamed Juma via submission and Marthin Hamlet via TKO to advance to the semifinals. The 28-year-old is the son of American Top Team coach Conan Silveira. Making his pro debut in 2010, Akhmedov beat Viktor Pesta via knockout and Teodoras Aukstuolis via submission to advance.
The winner of that fight faces the winner of Rob Wilkinson vs. Delan Monte. Wilkinson made his pro debut in 2011. “Razor” beat both Bruce Souto and Viktor Pesta via TKO to advance. Monte made his pro debut in 2014. This year he lost to Antonio Carlos Jr. via submission but made up for it with a win against Emiliano Sordi via first-round TKO.
The Sporting News has a full rundown of PFL 7, including schedule, matchups, start times, odds, and more.
When is 2022 PFL 7?
- Date: Friday, August 5
- Start time: 6 p.m. ET
- Main card: 7 p.m. ET
- Main event: 9 p.m. ET (approximately)
- Post-fight Qualifiers: 10 p.m. ET (approximately)
The start of the 2022 PFL playoffs takes place on August 5. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. ET with the prelims followed by the main card at 7 p.m. ET. Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray should make their way to the cage before 9 p.m. ET, depending on pacing and how long the other playoff bouts last. Following that, there will be post-event qualifying matches.
How to watch the 2022 PFL Playoffs
In the United States, the prelims of PFL 7 will begin on ESPN+. The main card will air on ESPN and ESPN+.
2022 PFL Playoffs price: How much does the card cost?
You can pay $6.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or buy an annual subscription for $69.99.
|ESPN+ Monthly Subscription||$6.99/month|
|ESPN+ Annual Subscription||$69.99/year|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported||$13.99/month|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads||$19.99/month|
*Going into effect on August 23, ESPN+’s monthly subscription will change from $6.99/mo to $9.99/mo. The annual ESPN+ subscription package will change from $69.99/yr to $99.99/yr.
Where is 2022 PFL 7?
The first round of the 2022 PFL playoffs takes place inside Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater. The arena, which can hold up to 5,600 people, has held various PFL shows in the past.
How much do tickets for 2022 PFL 7 cost?
Tickets for PFL 7 start at $50, per TicketSmarter.
Prices then range from $60, $70, $80, $90, $100, $200, $300, and $400, with the highest ticket reaching $1,271.
Odds for the 2022 PFL Playoffs
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, Anthony Pettis is the -102 underdog, while Stevie Ray is the -126 favorite. In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Pettis is the -130 favorite, while Ray is the -105 underdog.
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, Olivier Aubin-Mercier is the -235 favorite, while Alex Martinez is the +180 underdog. In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Aubin-Mercier is the -285 favorite, while Martinez is the +210 underdog.
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, Josh Silveira is the -205 favorite, while Omari Akhmedov is the +158 underdog. In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Silveira is the -210 favorite, while Akhmedov is the +160 underdog.
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, Rob Wilkinson is the -310 favorite, while Delan Monte is the +225 underdog. In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Wilkinson is the -370 favorite, while Monte is the +255 underdog.
2022 PFL 7 Playoffs card
Main card (ESPN)
- Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray; Lightweights
- Josh Silveira vs. Omari Akhmedov; Light Heavyweights
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Alex Martinez; Lightweights
- Rob Wilkinson vs. Delan Monte; Light Heavyweights
- Marthin Hamlet vs. Cory Hendricks; Light Heavyweights
- Adam Keresh vs. Marcelo Nunes; Heavyweights
- Mahmoud Fawzy vs. Itso Babulaidze; Welterweights
Post-fight qualifiers card (ESPN+)
- Ricardo Jimenez vs. Brahyan Zurcher; Featherweights
- Elvin Espinoza vs. Corey Jackson; Lightweights
- Lucas Barbosa vs. Elmar Umarov; Welterweights
- Alexei Pergande vs. Elvis Lebron Quiles; Lightweights