Magomed Magomedkerimov can be considered a PFL original, competing in the League since the inaugural 2018 Season, where he finished Ray Cooper III to become PFL Welterweight World Champion. The freestyle wrestler, however, was knocked out by Cooper in a rematch in the 2021 finals. Magomedkerimov, who has trained with Khabib Nurmagomedov and the late Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, has won three straight since, scoring a second-round finish of Dilano Taylor and a decision over Gleison Tibau in 2022 before starting 2023 with a first-round stoppage of Ben Egli.
A striking expert, David Zawada has had his fair share of success with various MMA promotions all around the globe. Zawada, however, has lost five of his last seven fights and needs a big win to remain in the PFL Playoffs hunt. A striking expert fighting out of Germany, Zawada was stopped by Carlos Leal in April.
Magomedkerimov clinches a playoff spot with any kind of win, while Zawada needs a finish before the 74-second mark of the second round.
The two move back and forth as they feel each other out. Magomedkerimov with a low kick and right hand. A couple of more low kicks from Magomedkerimov as we’re a minute into the fight. Zawada lands a leg kick, but Magomedkerimov lands a one-two. Zawada catches a high kick from Magomedkerimov and lands a couple of punches upstairs. Left hand and a low kick from Zawada.
Magomedkerimov comes forward, but Zawada lands a hook and a push kick. Magomedkerimov lands a right punch. Magomedkerimov fires a small flurry, but Zawada comes back with a one-two off the fence.
Magomedkerimov lands a big right hand that drops Zawada, and it only takes a couple of follow-up shots before the referee steps in!
Now the No. 1 seed in the PFL Welterweight Standings, Magomedkerimov moves on to the 2023 PFL Playoffs!
Magomed Magomedkerimov defeats David Zawada by 1st round TKO (3:54) earning 6 points and clinching the #1 seed in the PFL Welterweight Playoffs