Kayla Harrison didn’t get a rapid-fire victory this time. She dominated a late replacement in UFC Veteran Larissa Pacheco in the main event of the PFL’S 2019 season opener at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Harrison admitted that Pacheco had a lot of experience and she was a tough lady. “Judo Kayla” got off an excellent start in the women’s lightweight regular season in going the distance for the first time in her MMA career, as she earned a unanimous decision on scores of 30-25, 30-27 and 30-27.
Harrison implemented her gripping skills in the opening round, on the other hand her enough to avoid submissions for much of the round. In the end, Harrison sunk in a rear-naked choke and Pacheco rode it out until the bell rang. Harrison was scared during the second round, but she was able to regain control, and in the third, she remained active, but Pacheco managed to hang tight and go the distance.
Thursday’s season-opening card marked the first of two regular-season fights in the women’s lightweight and men’s welterweight divisions.
For each regular season fight, a fighter earns six points for a victory via first round finish, five for a second-round finish, and three for decision scores. The fighters that draw get one point a piece while those that lose not to get any point,
Defending champ Magomedkerimov wins
Dagestan Magomed Magomedkerimov was not satisfied with his million, and he looks forward to making another seven figures after he won $1M last year.
Magomedkerimov (24-5) worked Howard (27-15-1) over from top position for the bulk of the opening round. He has now won nine in a row with his 18th career win via finish.
Coppper111 wins the family feud
Last year’s welterweight runner-up, Ray Copper III took on cousin Za contested at a catch weight by nearly two pounds on Wednesday. Copper III (18-6) took Kamaka (13-4) down at the first round, and in the second round, he earned a tap at 4:29 mark. The two jawed at one another and Yves Lavigne, the referee, had to intervene after the tap.
Kaufman shines in lightweight debut
Current Invicta and former Strikeforce bantamweight titleholder Sarah Kaufman made quick work of Morgan Frier of Apple Valley, California in a lightweight matchup. Kaufman (21-5) swiftly transitioned into position for an arm-triangle choke, including the tap at the 2:22 mark of the opening round, giving Kaufman her 12th career stoppage finish. She said that that was her first fight at 155 and it was amazing to fight at a natural weight class and that she got what she wanted- 6 points and a momentum going toward the playoffs and championship.
Week 1 full results of PFL 2019
- Ray Copper III def. Zane Kamaka via submission (rear-naked choke)-Round 2, 4:29.
- Kayla Harrison Def. Larisa Pacheco via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27).
- Magomed Magomed Kerimov Def. John Howard via submission (rear-naked choke)-round 1, 4:54
- Henderson Ferreira Def. Bojan Velickovic via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Bobbi Jo Dalziel Def. Genah Fabian via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Glaico Franca Def. Gamzat Khiramagomedov via submission (rear-naked choke) -Round 1, 4:06
- Chris Curtis Def. Andre Fialho via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:17.