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Featherweight quarterfinal: No. 3 Luis Rafael Laurentino vs. No. 6 Jeremy Kennedy

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Featherweight quarterfinal: No. 7 by Daniel Pineda def. No. 2 Movlid Khaybulaev by that first-round at knockout (punches)

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Lightweight quarterfinal: No. 1 Natan Schulte vs. No. 8 pfl Ramsey Nijem

Featherweight semifinal: Lance Palmer vs. Alex Gilpin

Lightweight quarterfinal: No. 4 Akhmet Aliev vs. No. 5 Rashid Magomedov

Lightweight quarterfinal: No. 2 Islam Mamedov vs. No. 7 by Loik Radzhabov

Lightweight quarterfinal: No. 3 Chris Wade vs. No. 6 Nate Andrews

Featherweight semifinal: Winner of quarterfinal 2 pineda vs. 7 by / Winner of fight 3 daniel vs. 6

Lightweight semifinal: Winner of head 1 up vs. 8 pfl / Winner of 4 khaybulaev vs. 5

Lightweight semifinal: Winner of quarterfinal 2 pineda vs. 7 by / Winner of fight 3 daniel vs. 6