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16 hours ago, WeeAl said:

I don't know the ins and outs of why it was Alex Gilpin that was selected and how much notice they had to find a new oppoent for Palmer (hopefully Egg can help there) but the original opponent, Pineda, failed a drug test and PFL needed a replacement.Ā 

https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/12/31/21045035/pfl-10-results-kayla-harrison-dominates-ray-cooper-iii-punches-way-to-1m-prize

Probably what WeeAl said. You can definitely end up fighting someone twice during the same tournament depending on points gained and all that stuff. Ray Cooper fought Jake Shields twice in season 1 for example. The 3rd fight here is because of the failed drugs test.

Another issue PFL had in season 2 was that they recycled most of the roster from season 1 so there were likely rematches in that way too. Ariel Helwani keeps banging on about how PFL needs to clear the slate and bring in more familar names to get people invested with the concept. Going by the announcements so far though that looks like what they may be doing for season 3.

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On 1/2/2020 at 3:49 PM, jimufctna24 said:

Rizin 20 was commercial flopĀ in Japan. It was lowest rated of any show the promotion has ran on NYE. The promotionĀ apparently knew the show was destined to bomb, and accordingly scaled back their presentation as a cost cutting measure. For example, there was no opening ceremony.

Quick correction. There was an opening ceremony. It was just scaled down from previous years.Ā 

Elsewhere,Ā Jiri Prochazka is seemingly finished with Rizin. However, Rizin has a contractual clauseĀ that allows them decide which promotionĀ Prochazka's team negotiates with first upon departure. Prochazka team will thus have to negotiate with Bellator first, given Rizin's business relationship with the California based promotion. Prochazka's team is interested in fighting Bader, and the latter is also teasing the fight on social media. However, it appears as though Prochazka and his team want a 1-fight deal with Bellator, which would see them fight Bader and then be able to leave the promotion.Ā 

As they are unlikely to secure such a deal, it seems probableĀ that Jiri will eventually sign with the UFC, once negotiations with Bellator cease. He's said in the past that his priority is to compete in the UFC with the best fighters in the world. Even a better financial offer from Bellator seems unlikely to sway him.Ā 

TLDR: Bader vs Nemkov looks likely to be next. Bader vs Jiri will probably notĀ happen.Ā 

Edited by jimufctna24

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Ryan LaFlare has come out of retirement to join their 170lb division for season 3. Things are picking up.

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The latest from the Rizin Confessions series. It covers the BW bouts from the NYE show.Ā 

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