PFL 1: Kayla Harrison Gets Decision Win

While she was disappointed in being unable to get a finish, Kayla Harrison scored the win in her season two PFL debut, defeating Larissa Pacheco in the main event of the first event of the second PFL season. The event took place on May 9 at NYCB Live at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.

After some feeling out, Harrison landed a kick and threw an overhand before clinching Pacheco and bringing her against a cage wall. About a minute later, Harrison managed to take Pacheco to the ground, with the former judo gold medalist attempting to get into mount and not allowing Pacheco much space to get up. With just under 30 seconds to go, Harrison got to Pacheco’s back and attempted a rear-naked choke, but the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist survived the opening round.

Harrison attempted to close the distance again early in the second, but she overstepped and Pacheco managed to bring the judoka to the ground and attempt a choke of her own. Harrison found a reversal, however, and got into full guard, seeking more ground-and-pound. Harrison avoided a triangle choke attempt from Pacheco and continued to ride top throughout the second.

Harrison took Pacheco to the ground one more time and continued to ride out on top, cruising to a unanimous decision win.

In the co-main event, Magomed Magomedkerimov, winner of the 2018 welterweight tournament, continued his winning ways with a first-round submission over John Howard to get six points in the standings.

PFL 1 also featured a battle of family, as last year’s welterweight runner-up Ray Cooper III faced cousin and PFL newcomer Zane Kamaka. Due to Kamaka missing weight, Cooper earned three points automatically with Cooper unable to gain any points. Cooper, however, still took the fight for personal reasons and looked to add another three points in this grudge match.

Cooper couldn’t get the full six, but scored an additional two points with a second-round submission win.

UFC alumna Sarah Kaufman made her PFL debut, submitting Morgan Frier in 2:22 to earn six points and lead the women’s lightweight standings by the night’s end.

The main card for PFL 1, the promotion’s first event under a new deal with ESPN, got off to a bang with a 17-second stoppage win for Sadibou Sy after a liver kick and follow-up strikes.

PFL 1 Main Card:
Women’s Lightweight: Kayla Harrison def. Larissa Pacheco via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Magomed Magomedkerimov def. John Howard via submission (guillotine choke) (Rd. 1, 4:54)
Welterweight: Ray Cooper III def. Zane Kamaka via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 2, 4:29)
Women’s Lightweight: Sarah Kaufman def. Morgan Frier via submission (arm-triangle choke) (Rd. 1, 2:22)
Welterweight: Sadibou Sy def. David Michaud via TKO (Rd. 1, 0:17)

PFL 1 Preliminary Card:
Welterweight: Handesson Ferreira def. Bojan Velickovic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Glaico Franca def. Gamzat Khiramagomedov via submission (Rd. 1, 4:06)
Women’s Lightweight: Bobbi Jo Dalziel def. Genah Fabian via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Chris Curtis def. Andre Fialho via TKO (Rd. 3, 4:17)
Women’s Lightweight: Roberta Samad def. Moriel Charneski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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