A lightning bolt from Jesus
altered the direction of the
Professional Fighters League
season in an instant.

The Peruvian featherweight wiped out Brendan
with an exquisite knee strike and follow-up punches
in the
headliner on Thursday at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta.
Pinedo (21-6-1, 1-1 PFL) drew the curtain 1:34 into Round 1,
eliminating the defending league champion from postseason
contention in a shocking turn of events.

Loughnane (26-5, 9-2 PFL) was never allowed to get in gear. The
gangly Pinedo met him with fluid stance switches and shots from
various angles.
A perfectly placed knee to the head at close range froze Loughnane
where he stood before he collapsed to the canvas in a
dazed-and-confused state. Pinedo then pounced with punches, forcing
referee Keith Peterson to call for the stoppage

Meanwhile, the undefeated Movlid
dismissed “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 27
semifinalist Tyler
an arm-triangle choke in the second round of their featherweight
co-main event
. Diamond (12-3, 1-2 PFL) checked out
4:23 into Round 2.

Khaybulaev (21-0-1, 7-0-1 PFL) was utterly dominant. He decked
Diamond with a flying knee late in the third round and flurried
with punches for a potential finish. Only the bell kept Khaybulaev
from wrapping it up right then and there. Round 2 went even worse
for Diamond. Khaybulaev secured an immediate takedown, applied
asphyxiating pressure and zeroed in on the neck. He eventually
climbed to a mounted position, locked in the arm-triangle and
prompted the tapout.

The 32-year-old Khaybulaev now finds himself on a seven-fight
winning streak.

Elsewhere, Frontline Academy standout Marthin
leaned on takedowns, positional control and an active
but ineffective submission game to claim a unanimous decision over
Australian journeyman Sam Kei in a
three-round light heavyweight showcase. All three cageside judges
struck 29-28 scorecards for Hamlet (12-4, 6-3 PFL).

Kei (8-8, 0-3 PFL) once again looked out of his depth. Hamlet
struck for takedowns in the first and second rounds, climbed to the
back without meeting much resistance and worked aimlessly on
rear-naked chokes without creating the necessary openings. Kei more
than once escaped to his feet, where the two men engaged one
another in what turned to a plodding standup affair. Hamlet made a
concerted effort to steer clear of danger across the final five
minutes, resulting in an uneventful third round that drew boos from
the crowd.

Hamlet has won three fights in a row.

Further down the card, former Brave Combat Federation champion
put Sung Bin Jo
to sleep with
a rear-naked choke in the first round of their featherweight
. Jo (10-3, 0-2 PFL) lost his grip on
reality 1:25 into Round 1, where he was finished for the first time
in his 13-fight career.

Jenkins (21-6, 7-2 PFL) charged to a takedown inside the first 15
seconds, allowed the Team Stun Gun product to return to his feet
and executed a beautiful suplex before progressing to the back.
Soon after, the choke was in place. Jo briefly struggled briefly to
free himself, only to have the room go dark.

The 35-year-old Jenkins has rattled off 10 victories across his
past 12 appearances.

Finally, American Top Team’s Joshua
was awarded a technical knockout after Delan Monte
suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the first
round of their light heavyweight feature. Monte (9-5, 1-4 PFL) met
his unfortunate end 1:30 into Round 1, losing for the third time in
as may outings.

Silveira (11-1, 4-1 PFL) kept the Brazilian at bay with repeated
rear-leg front kicks to the body, a sharp jab and a few punching
combinations. The former Legacy Fighting Alliance titleholder then
moved on a double-leg takedown,
with Monte suffering the fight-ending injury on his fall to the
. He wailed in pain, resulting in an immediate

In preliminary action, Gabriel
(11-0, 3-0 PFL) punched out Marlon
(23-13-1, 0-3 PFL) and
sent the former World Series of Fighting champion into retirement
3:02 into the first round of their featherweight
; Ty Flores
(13-4, 2-0 PFL) took a unanimous decision from Dan Spohn
(19-9-1, 2-4-1 PFL) in a three-round light heavyweight affair,
drawing 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 marks from the cageside judges;
(23-9, 11-6 PFL) choked Ryoji Kudo
(11-6-1, 1-4 PFL) unconscious with
a high-elbow guillotine 4:15 into the first round of their
featherweight battle
; Impa
(13-3, 3-0 PFL) dispatched Tim Caron
(13-6, 0-1 PFL) with
an arm-triangle choke 3:52 into the second round of their light
heavyweight clash
; Andrew
(14-7, 1-0 PFL) eked out a split decision—29-27, 27-29,
29-27—over Taylor
(9-4, 2-1 PFL) in a three-round light heavyweight tilt;
(3-0, 3-0 PFL) subdued Akeem
(3-2, 0-1 PFL) with
a brabo choke 3:40 into the first round of their featherweight
; and Abigail
(4-2, 2-2 PFL) put away Brandy
(0-1, 0-1 PFL) with
punches 3:06 into the first round of their women’s featherweight

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Jesus Pinedo Knee Strike Eliminates Brendan Loughnane in Stunning PFL 4 Headliner