2021 PFL Featherweight Champion Movlid Khaybulaev meets TUF 27 alumni Tyler Diamond in the co-headliner of PFL 4. ‘Killer’ Khaybulaev has yet to taste defeat, holding an impressive 20-0-1 professional record. He’ll try to keep the streak alive and pave his way to the playoffs with a win in Atlanta.
Diamond, 32, hasn’t fought since going the distance with Brendan Loughnane back in 2021. The California-native was left out of last year’s season but finds himself in a prime position to show why he belongs in the 2023 playoffs.
Khaybulaev lands dangerous punches early into the fight, which nearly puts Diamond down. Khaybulaev backs the combo with a huge flying knee. Diamond recovers and works behind his jab. Khaybulaev lands a crisp right hand. Diamond shoots in for a takedown but the Russian manages to stuff it with a sprawl. They work back up to the feet. Diamond throws his jab over and over again. Khaybulaev lands a brutal switch knee which puts Diamond down in the final seconds. Khaybulaev follows up with major ground and pound but Diamond is saved by the bell.
Khaybulaev takes down Diamond quickly to begin the round. Khaybulaev looks for an arm-triangle submission but abandons it for a moment before trying for it again. Khaybulaev isn’t able to secure the submission and instead just diminishes Diamond with top control. Khaybulaev doesn’t do much work in the dominant position as he lays on Diamond with two minutes on the clock. But, that soon changes as Khaybulaev catches a second wind and hunts for the finish. Khaybulaev locks up Diamond’s neck and finally gets the arm-triangle he so desired.
With this win, Movlid Khaybulaev advances to the PFL Playoffs.
Official result: Movlid Khaybulaev defeats Tyler Diamond via submission (arm-triangle) in round 2 (4:23)
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