PFL 8 saw Sadibou Sy and Carlos Leal try to advance to the welterweight PFL Playoff championship.
Sadibou Sy and Carlos Leal met at PFL 8 to see who would advance to the welterweight finals of the PFL Playoff. To start round one, Leal, the former LFA welterweight champion controlled the center of the cage with some good strikes, but Sy was able to bloody up Leal with some good jab-work and kept some distance with excellent leg kicks.
The second round opened up with Leal taking Sy against the cage, controlling the action. Sy got free, and the two largely exchanged shots for the rest of the round. Leal controlled the round with his clinch game, but Sy did land some noticeable strikes of his own.
The third round started off much the same but Leal ended up catching Sy with a knee to the groin, pausing the action. Either due to his knee or because of his behavior after the strike, the referee deducted a point from Leal, which changed the tone of the fight going forward.
After going to the judges, all three gave the fight to Sy.
Sadibou Sy advances to the PFL Championships as one-half of the welterweight finals
Sadibou Sy will face the winner of Rory MacDonald and Dilano Taylor in the finals of the PFL Championships. Taylor was a late-minute replacement, taking the spot of Magomed Umalatov who was held out due to visa issues. Umalatov wasn’t the only one, as Denis Goltsov was also forced to skip the fight due to visa issues.