Ante Delija and Renan Ferreira battled it out at PFL 8 to advance in the PFL Playoffs.
Ante Delija came into the fight with the legendary Mirko Cro Cop in his corner. The Croatian was hoping he could fend off the finishing machine Renan Ferreira to capture the final spot in the heavyweight finals of the PFL Playoffs. Delija started the fight by forcing Ferreira against the cage and eventually taking him down.
Delija was able to score with the ground and pound before reengaging with Ferreira in between the ground and cage wall. It wouldn’t go too well for Ferreira from here, as Delija was able to grind Ferreira into the mat, with Cro Cop’s protege getting the win with a TKO.
Ante Delija takes on Matheus Scheffel for the heavyweight portion of the PFL Championships
Now that Delija has clinched his spot in the heavyweight finals at PFL 8, he will move on to the PFL Championships to take on Matheus Scheffel for the heavyweight title and the $1 million purse.
It isn’t the fight many expected to get in the finals before the playoffs started, but due to injuries to defending champion Bruno Cappelozza, coupled with some disappointing performances, we now have an unexpected and highly entertaining final fight for the heavyweight season.
Both men finished their semi-final fights via TKO, and the finals should be a hard-hitting affair.