MacDonald made a successful debut with the PFL in April where he dispatched Curtis Millender by rear-naked choke submission in the first round. The former UFC title contender first signed with the PFL back in 2019 but didn’t actually make his first appearance with the promotion until 2021 due to the previous season being cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Tibau will look to bounce back after suffering a loss to Joao Zeferino in his first fight with the PFL. The veteran Brazilian had picked up back-to-back wins prior to that setback but now he’ll need to score a win over MacDonald if he wants to move forward into the 2021 playoffs with the promotion.
As part of the PFL’s point system, only the top four fighters in every division will move ahead with the playoffs and the finals later this year.
In the co-main event, 2019 PFL champion Ray Cooper will look to punch his ticket to another run in the playoffs when he takes on Nikolai Aleksakhin. The card will also feature previous PFL light heavyweight champion Emiliano Sordi facing off with Dan Spohn.
Here’s the full PFL 5 card on June 17 including the main card on ESPN2 and prelims on ESPN+
Rory MacDonald vs. Gleison Tibau
Ray Cooper III vs. Nikolai Aleksakhin
Emiliano Sordi vs. Dan Spohn
Antonio Carlos Jr vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Marthin Hamlet vs. Cory Hendricks
Joao Zeferino vs. Jason Ponet
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Curtis Millender
Sadibou Sy vs Aleksei Kunchenko