PFL winners by year: Full list of MMA league tournament champions, results for every division


Since 2018, the Professional Fighters League and the tournament it produces has provided a format that has turned fighters into stars.

The PFL has six weight classes, and each fighter within it compete in a full season of bouts. After the regular season, the real fun begins with the PFL Playoffs. During that time, a series of fights take place to determine the ultimate winner. The winner receives a championship and $1 million. 

The PFL Finals have resulted in new champions being crowned or repeat winners. Each matchup fighters compete in before the PFL Finals showcase their dedication to the tournament and their craft. 

Who exactly has won gold in the PFL? Here is the full list of fighters who have competed in and won the entire PFL tournament, starting from the playoffs. 

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Full list of PFL Championship winners

2018 PFL Finals winners

Here is a full breakdown of the 2018 champions for each weight class and beneath that a list of their opponents defeated in the playoff.

2018 PFL Champions
Division Champion
Heavyweight Philipe Lins
Light Heavyweight Sean O’Connell
Middleweight Louis Taylor
Welterweight Magomed Magomedkerimov
Lightweight Natan Schulte
Featherweight Lance Palmer
  • Heavyweight: Philipe Lins
    • Def. Caio Alencar, Jared Rosholt, and Josh Copeland in the playoffs
  • Light Heavyweight: Sean O’Connell
    • Def. Dan Spohn, Smealinho Rama, and Vinny Magalhaes in the playoffs
  • Middleweight: Louis Taylor
    • Def. Rex Harris, John Howard, and Abuspiyan Magomedov in the playoffs
  • Welterweight: Magomed Magomedkerimov
    • Def. Pavlo Kusch, Bojan Velickovic, and Ray Cooper III in the playoffs
  • Lightweight: Natan Schulte 
    • Def. Johnny Case, Chris Wade, and Rashid Magomedov in the playoffs
  • Featherweight: Lance Palmer
    • Def. Max Coga, Andre Harrison, and Steven Siler in the playoffs

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2019 PFL Finals winners

Here is a full breakdown of the 2019 champions for each weight class and beneath that a list of their opponents defeated in the playoff.

2019 PFL Champions
Division Champion
Heavyweight Ali Isaev
Light Heavyweight Emiliano Sordi
Welterweight Ray Cooper III
Lightweight Natan Schulte
Lightweight Kayla Harrison
Featherweight Lance Palmer
  • Heavyweight: Ali Isaev
    • Def. Kelvin Tiller, Denis Goltsov, and Jared Rosholt in the playoffs
  • Light Heavyweight: Emiliano Sordi
    • Def. Sigi Pesaleli, Bazigit Atajev, and Jordan Johnson in the playoffs
  • Welterweight: Ray Cooper III
    • Def. Sadibou Sy, Chris Curtis, and David Michaud in the playoffs
  • Lightweight: Natan Schulte 
    • Def. Ramsey Nijem, Akhmet Aliev, and Loik Radzhabov in the playoffs
  • Lightweight: Kayla Harrison 
    • Def. Bobbi Jo Dalziel and Larissa Pacheco in the playoffs
  • Featherweight: Lance Palmer
    • Def. Alexandre de Almeida and Alex Gilpin (2x) in the playoffs

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2020 PFL Finals winners

Here is a full breakdown of the 2021 champions for each weight class and beneath that a list of their opponents defeated in the playoff. The PFL skipped 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 PFL Champions
Division Champion
Heavyweight Bruno Cappelozza
Light Heavyweight Antonio Carlos Junior
Welterweight Ray Cooper III
Lightweight Raush Manfio
Lightweight Kayla Harrison
Featherweight Movlid Khaybulaev
  • Heavyweight: Bruno Cappelozza
    • Def. Jamelle Jones and Ante Delija in the playoffs
  • Light Heavyweight: Antonio Carlos Junior
    • Def. Emiliano Sordi and Marthin Hamlet in the playoffs
  • Welterweight: Ray Cooper III
    • Def. Rory MacDonald and Magomed Magomedkerimov in the playoffs
  • Lightweight: Raush Manfio 
    • Def. Def. Clay Collard and Loik Radzhabov in the playoffs
  • Lightweight: Kayla Harrison 
    • Def. Genah Fabian and Taylor Guardado in the playoffs
  • Featherweight: Movlid Khaybulaev
    • Def. Brendan Loughnane and Chris Wade in the playoffs 

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2022 PFL Finals winners

Here is a full breakdown of the 2022 champions for each weight class and beneath that a list of their opponents defeated in the playoff.

2022 PFL Champions
Division Champion
Heavyweight Ante Delija
Light Heavyweight Rob Wilkinson
Welterweight Sadibou Sy
Lightweight Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Lightweight Larissa Pacheco
Featherweight Brendan Loughnane
  • Heavyweight: Ante Delija
    • Def. Renan Ferreira and Matheus Scheffel in the playoffs
  • Light Heavyweight: Rob Wilkinson
    • Def. Delan Monte and Omari Akhmedov in the playoffs
  • Welterweight: Sadibou Sy
    • Def. Carlos Leal and Dilano Taylor in the playoffs
  • Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier 
    • Def. Alex Martinez and Stevie Ray in the playoffs
  • Lightweight: Larissa Pacheco 
    • Def. Olena Kolesnyk and Kayla Harrison in the playoffs
  • Featherweight: Brendan Loughnane
    • Def. Chris Wade and Bubba Jenkins in the playoffs

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