Ryan Loco, PFL

The upcoming PFL playoff card scheduled for Aug. 13 has been forced to make several changes including a welterweight contende vying for the $1 million prize.

Joao Zeferino, who was ranked No. 1 after the PFL regular season, has suffered an injury and is out of his upcoming fight against Magomed Magomedkerimov. Magomedkerimov will now face Sadibou Sy, who steps into the playoffs after going 1-0 with one no-contest during the PFL regular season.

Sy was originally scheduled on the preliminary card, which means his opponent Gleison Tibau will instead face off with Curtis Millender in a welterweight scrap.

Meanwhile, former two-time PFL lightweight champion Natan Schulte has been forced to drop out of his scheduled bout against UFC veteran Olivier Aubin-Mercier.

Aubin-Mercier will remain on the card and face another former UFC fighter in Darrell Horcher, who will make his PFL debut on Aug. 13.

Brett Cooper also has a new opponent, facing PFL newcomer Tyler Hill after Nikolai Aleksakhin was forced off the card.

Additionally, a new fight was also added with Elvin Espinoza taking on Hopeton Stewart on the prelims.

The upcoming PFL playoff card on Aug. 13 is headlined by former Bellator champion Rory MacDonald taking on Ray Cooper III in the welterweight semifinals. The winner moves on to face either Magomedkerimov or Sy.

The main card airs on ESPN2 with the prelims slated for ESPN+.

Here is the full card for PFL Playoffs 1: Cooper III vs. MacDonald:

Main Card (ESPN2/ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET)

Rory MacDonald vs. Ray Cooper III

Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Sadibou Sy

Clay Collard vs. Raush Manfio

Loik Radzhabov vs. Alexander Martinez

Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Darrell Horcher

Gleison Tibau vs. Curtis Millender

Brett Cooper vs. Tyler Hill

Magomed Umalatov vs. Micah Terrill

Kyron Bowen vs. Michael Lombardo

Elvin Espinoza vs. Hopeton Stewart

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