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The PFL Playoffs fighter to watch is Alexei Pergande

The PLF Playoffs are among us, and we think Alexei Pergande is a fighter to watch.

The PFL Playoffs are here and we’re about to start a three-week journey to see who ends up in the PFL Championships in November. To get there, the top four talent in all six competing weight classes will fight one more time, with the winners going on to the million-dollar finale. A name that will be on the card but not competing in any of the tournaments is Challenger Series winner and undefeated lightweight, Alexei Pergande.

Pergande is a new name and is only 1-0 in MMA, winning his first pro bout against Joe Hamm on the PFL Challenge Series 7. Pergande defeated Hamm via submission with an arm-triangle choke. While it was his first pro bout and his first pro win, Pergande is no stranger to combat.

Between 2019 and 2021, Pergande went 4-0 as an amateur, winning all four of his fights by stoppage, with three submissions and one TKO to his credit. So, while he’s on a card with former UFC Champion Anthony Pettis, Pergande is the fighter fans should really be watching out for.

The PFL needs fighters like Alexei Pergande

Pergande is just 21 years old and has only competed five times, once as a pro. Yet, if you were to look at his body of work, his ability to finish fights, and the fact the PFL was able to scoop him up for his first pro fight, you can easily see why he’s got a future with the brand.

This is a good thing, as the PFL needs more homegrown stars as opposed to picking up veterans from other promotions. While someone like Rory MacDonald makes sense, as he’s still in his prime, relying on guys like Jeremy Stephens and Fabricio Werdum just eats away at the money.

The biggest star in the PFL is Kayla Harrison, a woman who has fought and won every single one of her pro fights in the PFL; save for one with Invicta that PFL allowed her to take. Due to this brand loyalty, she’s not only won millions of dollars but she’s cemented herself as a star in the promotion and in the sport.

Pergande is a talent who could be the next Harrison; someone the brand builds up and sees become a star. Guys of his eraly pedigree are hard to find and should they develop and grow with their career, can become huge names that fans tune in to see.

Now, all Pergande has to do is win, and he’ll take the next step in possibly becoming the next big name in the PFL.

PFL Playoffs: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray takes place on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Follow along with FanSided MMA who is on-site for all your news and highlights.

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