PFL 2019 #5 is set to take place Thursday July 25, 2019 from the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This card will feature regular season bouts between the men’s lightweight and men’s featherweight divisions. Two fighters currently at 1-0 on the season in the lightweight division will face off in the night’s main event. Sitting on top with six points, Akhmed Aliev takes on Chris Wade, who currently has three points. The co-main event will feature last season’s featherweight winner, Lance Palmer, taking on Luis Rafael Laurentino, who is currently tied with for first place with six points. The prelims can be seen at 5:30P ET on ESPN+ and the main card can be seen on ESPN2 at 9P ET.
Main Event (155lbs): Chris Wade (15-5) vs. Akhmet Aliev (18-4)
Co Main Event (145lbs): Lance Palmer (18-3) vs. Luis Rafael Laurentino (34-1-0)
(155lbs) Rashid Magomedov (23-3-1) vs. Nate Andrews (15-2)
(155lbs) Daniel Pineda (26-13) vs. Gadzhi Rabadanov (12-3-2)
(145lbs) Steven Siler (32-19-1) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (13-2)
(155lbs) Nathan Schulte (16-3-1) vs. Ramsey Nijem (10-7)
(145lbs) Andre Harrison (21-1) vs. Movlid Khaibulaev (14-0)
(155lbs) Islam Mamedov (17-2) vs. Yincang Bao (13-8)
(145lbs) Alex Gilpin (12-2) vs. Freddy Assuncao (10-1)
(155lbs) Carlao Silva (11-2) vs. Jesse Ronson (20-8)
(145lbs) Alexandre de Almeida (20-9) vs. Peter Petties (8-5)
(155lbs) Loik Radzhabov vs. Ylies Djiroun (16-5)
The UFC veteran, Wade, will look to continue his winning ways this season after losing last season in the playoffs to eventual winner and champion, Natan Schulte. Wade would love a finish very early to get the five or six points to lock in a higher seed but he faces a tough opponent in Aliev who has not lost since 2015. Aliev is currently riding a eight fight winning streak. His last three wins in a row have been finishes which will prove to be a difficult, testing task for Wade.
Last season’s featherweight champion, Palmer, will look for back to back championships but has a big test in front of him in the form of Luis Rafael Laurentino who is currently 34-1. Though most of Laurentino wins are on the regional scene, he finishes his fights and defeated veteran Jeremy Kennedy with a 23 second headkick in the first round. Many of Laurentinos victories are also by first round so if Palmer can utilize his wrestling game, he should be able to cruise to a victory. Luis Rafael Laurentino showed though it only takes a handful of seconds for him to finish a bout and if Palmer makes one mistake, the bout can end instantly.