PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE CONTINUES ACTION-PACKED SEASON AS RORY MACDONALD DOMINATES IN HIS PFL DEBUT
The Skilled Fighters League (PFL) continued its unparalleled 2021 season tonight at Ocean Metropolis On line casino resort, in Atlantic Metropolis, N.J. The eight-fight occasion featured a press release win from Rory MacDonald, a dominating efficiency by Ray Cooper III, and a primary spherical knockout by Cezar Ferreira, securing the second quickest knockout in PFL historical past.
Making his extremely anticipated PFL debut, Rory “The Pink King” MacDonald defeated Curtis Millender, touchdown a number of important strikes earlier than locking in a rear-naked choke to emerge victorious in his maiden look contained in the SmartCage. With a vicious physique slam, Ray Cooper III handed Jason Ponet a swift submission defeat within the first spherical as he began his mission for a repeat title within the Welterweight division. Cezar Ferreira, in the meantime, secured the second quickest knockout (0:37) in PFL Mild Heavyweight historical past with a flurry of punches to take down Nick Roehrick with an epic first spherical knockout.
“Tonight was one other thrilling occasion as we noticed Cezar Ferreira make PFL historical past and Rory MacDonald successful in dominating style,” stated Peter Murray, CEO of the PFL. “Our world-class fighters showcased their dedication and grit that they’ve been making ready for and the motion didn’t disappoint. We delivered to our followers distinctive by no means earlier than seen content material together with MMA SmartCage gloves and continued our revolutionary fighter monitoring and efficiency score knowledge. I sit up for watching PFL 3 carry the identical power.”
“PFL 2 carried the momentum from our season debut, and I couldn’t be prouder of our Welterweights and Mild Heavyweights for placing on a world-class present for our viewers worldwide,” stated Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of the PFL. “Our fighters have come into the cage extraordinarily ready and poised, and the can’t-miss motion illustrates how passionate these fighters are to taking the subsequent step within the 1 million-dollar chase. I’m desirous to see the season proceed to unfold subsequent week.”
In a tough fought matchup, Emiliano Sordi defeated Chris Camozzi by unanimous choice. Sordi wins his sixth combat in a row, the primary choice win of his profession. Elsewhere on the cardboard, Joao Zeferino defeated Gleison Tibau by unanimous choice to safe his fourth straight win within the PFL. With a fierce takedown, Antonio Carlos Jr. defeated Tom Lawlor by 1st spherical submission, incomes 6 factors within the PFL Mild Heavyweight Division.
Beginning off the ESPN+ card, Marthin Hamlet defeated Dan Spohn by 2nd spherical submission, utilizing his signature arm triangle chokehold, incomes him his first win in his PFL debut. Sadibou Sy vs. Nikolai Aleksakhin resulted in a no contest, as Aleksakhin was medically unable to proceed resulting from an unintended foul. Per PFL League Guidelines, within the occasion of a no contest, each fighters earn 1 level within the standings.
The PFL motion returns to Ocean Metropolis On line casino Resort on Thursday night time, Could 6, with the Heavyweight and Ladies’s Light-weight division matchups. Former heavyweight world champion Fabricio Werdum will make his extremely anticipated PFL debut when he faces Renan Ferreira and 2019 PFL Light-weight World Champion and 2x Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison appears to defend her throne when she takes on Mariana Morais.
All PFL 2021 Season occasions are stay in primetime on ESPN2/ESPN+ and ESPN3 (Spanish), in addition to on a large and various group of premier world distribution companion platforms reaching 160 international locations all over the world.
ESPN 2 Card
Rory MacDonald def. Curtis Millender by Submission (rear bare choke) at 3:38 of Spherical 1
Ray Cooper III def. Jason Ponet by Submission (Arm-triangle choke) at 1:23 of Spherical 1
João Zeferino def. Gleison Tibau by Unanimous Determination (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Emiliano Sordi def. Chris Camozzi by Unanimous Determination (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Tom Lawlor by Submission (guillotine choke) at 4:43 of Spherical 1
Cezar Ferreira def. Nick Roehrick by KO (punches) at 0:37 of Spherical 1
Sadibou Sy vs. Nikolay Aleksakhin ends in a No Contest (unintended eye poke) at 1:56 of Spherical 2
Marthin Hamlet def. Dan Spohn by Submission (arm-triangle choke) at 0:52 of Spherical 2
PFL 2021 SEASON STANDINGS