Alex Gilpin Predicts Finish Within 3 Rounds in PFL Main Event

Alex Gilpin (12 -1 MMA) is set to take on Lance Palmer (17 – 3 MMA) in the main event of PFL 2019 #2: Regular Season. The event takes place May 23rd in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York. This featherweight clash has Fight of the Night written all over it, as pure skills collide with these two elite mixed martial artists.

Different than most fighters, Gilpin maintains high-level training just days before his scheduled match. Speaking exclusively with MMASucka, Gilpin explains how he takes an unorthodox approach to camps. “I’m feeling great, man. [Training camp] is not quite done yet. I typically go pretty hard until 3-4 days before the fight, then obviously I taper off. I mean, it’s tappered a little bit, I’m not sparring as hard, but I go hard pretty much close to the fight, yeah. Probably closer than I should.”

Making weight has never been an issue for Gilpin. He has always maintained a professional approach to weight cutting, and has a deep understand of how his body works. With just a week away, his weight cutting is approaching the goals he needs at this point. “My weight is good. I was a little heavier after an injury in my last fight at the [Dana White’s Contender Series], but man, the weight is just falling off. I’ve been eating good, been eating plenty. All the training sessions have melted it off me. I’m feeling great.”

Feeling the Momentum

Gilpin has been on a tear. Going on a 7 fight win streak, with 6 finishes, is an incredible feat. He has amassed a 12 – 1 professional record, with his only loss coming via split decision to Dan Moret (13-5 MMA) in 2016. His last appearance was at Dana White’s Contender Series, where he successfully landed a D’arce Choke finish over highly touted JR Coughran (6-2 MMA). As he is now approaching his first fight in 2019, he believes in more in his improvement, and not the hype that has come with his recent string of success. “You know, I just feel my skillet improves every single time I step into that cage. If you look at my fights now, versus what I looked like 2-3 years ago, I drastically improved. And I drastically improved since my last fight as well. My last fight obviously wasn’t a great performance but I got it done. I’m just looking to get better each time. Yeah, I got momentum, but so does Lance. and I understand that.”

Gilpin vs. Palmer

In what can be argued as one of the better featherweight matches this year, Gilpin is ready to take on experienced veteran Lance Palmer in the main event. Stylistically, both these fighters compliment each other very well. Palmer is riding a 6-fight win streak of his own. All 6 have been under the PFL banner, and he is currently undefeated with the promotion.

“Lance is a tough opponent.” Gilpin began explaining. “I looked up to him since I got into this sport – I know what he brings to the table. I like how I fair against him and I love this match-up. It’s think it’s great for me. And I think a lot of people are going to write me off, and that’s great. I’m looking forward to getting my hand raised and finishing him.”

With mutual respect, Gilpin is never one to make predictions for his fights. However, this time, he truly believes in his growth and evolution as a mixed martial artist. “I’m not the biggest with predictions, but I’ll give you one here though. Either a knockout or a submission. So that’s any sort of finish, right? That’s the way I see it going. Within the first three rounds.”

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Stream or download MMA Junkie Radio #2920 with Frankie Edgar, Damon Jackson

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMA Junkie Radio with Frankie Edgar and Damon Jackson.

Edgar discussed how his shot at Max Holloway’s featherweight tile came about and the prospects of fighting Alexander Volkanovski next if he wins, and Damon Jackson talked about turning down a Dana White’s Contender Series offer for the PFL and the chance at winning $1 million.

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Watch MMA Junkie Radio here (8 p.m. ET) with Frankie Edgar, Damon Jackson

MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with special guests Frankie Edgar and Damon Jackson.

Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion, will talk about his attempt to become featherweight titleholder when he challenges Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 240. Jackson will discuss his upcoming fight at PFL 2019, Week 2.

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Andre Harrison meets newcomer Peter Petties at next week’s PFL 2019, Week 2 event

Andre Harrison will begin his second PFL campaign against a replacement opponent.

PFL officials recently announced that Harrison (20-1) will face newcomer Peter Petties (8-4) at next week’s PFL 2019, Week 2 event, which takes place May 23 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

The featherweight contest takes place on the night’s main card, which streams live on ESPN+. Prelims air on ESPN2.

Harrison was a semifinalist in PFL debut season but was eliminate by eventual 2018 champion Lance Palmer. “The Bull” was originally expected to face Freddy Assuncao (10-1) at next week’s event, however the Brazilian – who currently carries a nine-fight winning streak – was forced to withdraw from the event, and his status in PFL’s 2019 season is currently unclear.

Petties enters the PFL field on the strength of a two-fight winning streak earned while competing on the regional stage in Maryland, where he currently calls home. “The Joker” has had brief tastes of national competition in past appearances at Dana White’s Contender Series, Titan FC and Victory FC.

With the change to the lineup, PFL 2019, Week 2 now includes:

(MAIN CARD, ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Lance Palmer vs. Alex Gilpin
  • Nate Andrews vs. Chris Wade
  • Andre Harrison vs. Peter Petties
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Ronys Torres
  • Akhmed Aliev vs. Carlos Silva
  • Alexandre Almeida vs. Luis Rafael Laurentino
  • Ylies Djiroun vs. Islam Mamedov
  • Rashid Magomedov vs. Loik Radzhabov

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Natan Schulte vs. Bao Yincang
  • Alexandre Bezerra vs. Jeremy Kennedy
  • Damon Jackson vs. Movlid Khaybulaev
  • Gadzhi Rabadanov vs. Steven Siler

For more on PFL 2019, Week 2, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Ali Abdelaziz: PFL’s Kayla Harrison will be greatest female fighter of all time

When WSOF, later re-branded as PFL, announced the signing of Kayla Harrison, it was pretty much a consensus that it was a big get.

After all, despite what was then a 0-0 pro MMA record, it is not every day that you get a two-time Olympic judo champion in your roster.

Four professional fights and four wins later, though, just how valuable of a fighter does PFL have on their hands with Harrison?

Her manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has a pretty high estimation.

“I believe PFL has won a prize of the greatest woman of all time,” Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie Radio. “She’s only 4-0, right? I make a lot of predictions on these shows, right? I think 90 percent of my predictions come true, right?

“When it comes to fighting – you guys, we all understand fighting. But I feel fighting. I dream about fighting. I train with her, I train with guys. When Dana White came out and said, ‘Ronda Rousey can beat guys.’ No, no. Kayla Harrison can beat guys. I see Kayla Harrison knock guys out in the gym.”

Granted, Abdelaziz is a little biased considering he is talking about his client. But Harrison hasn’t exactly been slouching, either.

Beginning with her debut in June 2018, she earned finishes of her first three opponents. Harrison did go to the judges in her most recent outing, at PFL 2019’s season opener this past Friday, but she did get to take a dominant decision win over arguably her toughest foe yet in Larissa Pacheco.

According to the manager, Harrison wasn’t particularly excited about her first trip to the scorecards. But Abdelaziz, himself, was happy that she got to have that experience and did it dominantly, as well, against a UFC and “The Ultimate Fighter” alum who boasts over seven years of experience and 14 pro fights in her MMA career.

“She was upset about it; she beat herself up,” Abdelaziz said of Harrison. “I went to her in the back, I was like, ‘Why are you mad for? You got ring time, baby.’ We know she’s not going to gas. We know she’s not going to get tired. We know she’s not a frontrunner. She’s an absolute beast, and that’s why I say it: PFL has won the lottery.

“It was a lot of people in the running, but they can’t get Kayla, PFL did. … Because, guess what, I know Kayla, at the end of the season, she’s going to be a millionaire. And that’s what it’s all about; it’s about making money.

“For me, a lot of guys, ‘I want to go to the UFC.’ I say, listen, ‘What do you want? You want to make money? Or do you want just media? Choose.’”

Although all of Harrison fights have taken place under the PFL banner, her previous appearances were scheduled outside of the promotion’s inaugural season in 2018. This year, the promotion included a women’s bracket, and Harrison now has a chance to take home the $1 million dollar prize PFL gives to each category’s final winner.

That’s certainly not a bad addition to one’s bank account. But, speaking to speaking to MMA Junkie a few weeks ago, Harrison said that her motivation wasn’t simply the prize money, nor any outside factors, for that matter.

“Especially when you come from an Olympic background, you don’t do it to be famous, you don’t do it to be rich – you literally do it because you want to stand on top of a podium and have an object placed around your neck,” Harrison said. “You want to be known as the best in the world at what you do.”

For complete coverage of PFL 2019, Week 1, check out the MMA Events section of the site

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