The PFL 15 headliners are set, but the card has taken a couple of hits.
Two bouts have been removed from Thursday’s card, which takes place at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Roberta Samad and Zane Kamaka failed to make weight for their respective bouts with Sarah Kaufman and Andre Fialho and both fights have been canceled.
Per PFL officials, both Kaufman and Fialho will receive their show and win money.
Kaufman and Samad were scheduled to meet in a lightweight bout. In this situation, Kaufman had the option to still take the fight and potentially earn more points towards improving her playoff seeding, but she declined and will be given an automatic three points in a walkover. She defeated Morgan Frier by first-round submission in May to earn six points and with nine total points, she is guaranteed a playoff spot.
Addressing the cancelation, Kaufman released a statement on social media:
Due to this being the second time that Kamaka missed weight this season, Fialho was not given the option to take the fight and was also given three points in a walkover. That currently places him in the seventh seed of the playoffs.
Kamaka has been removed from the league.
Welterweight headliners Magomed Magomedkerimov (24-5) and Chris Curtis (21-5) successfully made weight, as did co-headlining lightweights Kayla Harrison (4-0) and Frier (4-2).
PFL 15 will determine who qualifies for the league playoffs and where the fighters are seeded. The remaining fighters will move on to the post-season tournament with the eventual winner earning a championship and a $1 million prize.
See the full weigh-in results and lineup below:
Main Card (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Magomed Magomedkerimov (170.6) vs. Chris Curtis (171.0)
Lightweight: Kayla Harrison (155.6) vs. Morgan Frier (152.6)
Welterweight: Joao Zeferino (171.0) vs. Bojan Velickovic (170.4)
Welterweight: Ray Cooper III (169.4) vs. John Howard (170.6)
Preliminaries (ESPN+, 5:30 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Sadibou Sy (170.0) vs. Glaico Franca (171.0)
Welterweight: Handesson Ferreira (171.0) vs. David Michaud (171.0)
Lightweight: Bobbi Jo Dalziel (156.0) vs. Larissa Pacheco (155.8)
Lightweight: Genah Fabian (155.6) vs. Moriel Charneski (156.0)