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PFL Salt Lake Results: Impa Kasanganay Clinches Top Playoff Spot with Stunning TKO Win

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon23 June 2024

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) resumed its 2024 Global Season at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The twelve-fight event featured matchups in the Lightweight and Light Heavyweight divisions.

The evening’s co-main event saw 2023 PFL Light Heavyweight Champion, Impa Kasanganay, face off against Jakob Nedoh. The bout was intense, with both fighters exchanging blows until Kasanganay unleashed a series of devastating punches, leading to a doctor's stoppage after the second round. Kasanganay's victory secures his place in the 2024 PFL Global Season Playoffs, continuing his pursuit of the million-dollar prize.

In the main event, Clay Collard took on Mads Burnell in a three-round battle. Burnell dominated with his ground game, effectively neutralizing Collard’s striking prowess. Burnell's performance earned him a unanimous decision, spoiling Collard’s hometown return.

Former Bellator Lightweight Champion Patricky Pitbull fought Bruno Miranda in a Lightweight bout. Miranda edged out Pitbull by split decision. Despite the win, both fighters were eliminated from the PFL Playoffs due to insufficient points.

2022 PFL Light Heavyweight Champion Rob Wilkinson met 2023 Runner-Up Josh Silveira in a technical contest that lasted three rounds. Wilkinson secured a razor-thin split decision victory. Both fighters clinched spots in the 2024 PFL Playoffs.

Turkmenistan’s Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov squared off with Cameroon’s Simon Biyong in a Light Heavyweight matchup. After three intense rounds, Yagshimuradov was declared the winner by unanimous decision, earning a place in the 2024 PFL Playoffs.

“The Professional Fighters League’s debut in Salt Lake City was an unforgettable event featuring the best athletes in MMA as they continued their million-dollar journey,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “The PFL Season format makes every fight a must-win, providing unrivaled action with the highest stakes in the sport.”

“Salt Lake City saw eight athletes qualify for the 2024 PFL Global Season Playoffs in a night of non-stop action,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations at PFL. “We look forward to next week's 2024 PFL Regular Season finale in Sioux Falls.”

In other Global Season Light Heavyweight action, Antônio Carlos Jr. faced Alex Polizzi, with Polizzi earning a hard-fought unanimous decision. This decision ended both fighters' hopes of advancing to the 2024 PFL Playoffs.

Brent Primus defeated Solomon Renfro by submission in the third round of a Lightweight bout, securing his spot in the 2024 PFL Playoffs.

Sadibou Sy faced Andrew Sanchez in a Light Heavyweight bout, trading strikes until Sy ended the fight in the third round by TKO.

In a crucial Lightweight matchup, Gadzhi Rabadanov and Elvin Espinoza went the distance, with Rabadanov winning by unanimous decision and earning a place in the 2024 PFL Playoffs.

In another Lightweight bout, Adam Piccolotti defeated Michael Dufort by split decision. Although Piccolotti's victory wasn't enough to advance, Dufort managed to secure his first trip to the PFL Playoffs.

In a PFL Global Season Lightweight alternate bout, Sergio Cossio defeated Anthony Romero by unanimous decision, extending his winning streak to nine.

The event began with an exciting Featherweight Showcase Bout, where Brahyan Zurcher defeated Julian Ruiz by knockout in the second round, improving his record to 9-0 with seven stoppage wins.

COMPLETE RESULTS

PFL Salt Lake City Main Card Results:

  • Mads Burnell (19-6) def. Clay Collard (24-13) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Impa Kasanganay (17-4) def. Jakob Nedoh (8-3) by 2nd Round TKO (doctor stoppage/ 5:00) 
  • Bruno Miranda (17-5) def. Patricky Pitbull (25-14) by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Rob Wilkinson (19-2, 1NC) def. Josh Silveira (13-3) by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (23-7-1) def. Simon Biyong (9-5) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alex Polizzi (11-4) def. Antônio Carlos Jr (16-6, 2 NC) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Early Card Results:

  • Brent Primus (14-3) def. Solomon Renfro (11-6) by 3rd round submission (3:21)
  • Sadibou Sy (18-8-2, 1 NC) def. Andrew Sanchez (14-8) via 3rd Round TKO (4:02)
  • Gadzhi Rabadanov (22-4-2) def. Elvin Espinoza (10-1) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Adam Piccolotti (15-6) def. Michael Dufort (13-5) by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Sergio Cossio (27-9-1) def. Anthony Romero (12-3) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Brahyan Zurcher (9-0) def. Julian Ruiz (4-1) via 2nd round KO (1:26)

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