ARLINGTON, TEXAS – The Skilled Fighters League (PFL) delivered one other thrilling evening of motion within the 2022 Common Season with PFL 3 at Esports Stadium Arlington. The 11-fight occasion featured the Welterweight and Ladies’s Light-weight divisions, with TKO finishes from Anthony Pettis, Rory MacDonald and Larissa Pacheco. For the official fast outcomes you’ll be able to go right here.
The evening’s foremost occasion noticed two-time PFL Ladies’s Light-weight Champion Kayla Harrison advance her flawless report to 13-0, and defeated Marina Mokhnatkina by unanimous determination in a tough fought battle that earned her three factors within the division. Mokhnatkina is the second fighter since Pacheco to take Harrison the space.
Within the night’s co-main occasion, two-time returning PFL Welterweight champion Ray Cooper III was defeated by Carlos Leal by unanimous determination. Cooper III missed weight, and left the battle with -1 factors within the division standings. Leal gained his eleventh straight battle en path to ending Cooper III’s six battle profitable streak and was awarded three factors after the competition.
Pettis made his 2022 season debut in fashion, incomes his first PFL victory over Myles Worth by way of first spherical submission in a Light-weight matchup. The consequence awarded Pettis six factors and he jumped into first place of the present Light-weight standings. Pettis picked up his eighth submission of his profession, and moved his total report to 25-12-0.
“Tonight was the largest card in PFL Common Season historical past and the fighters delivered unbelievable performances all through the occasion,” mentioned PFL CEO Peter Murray. “I’m excited for what’s lining as much as be an amazing second half of the season in Atlanta starting June 17 with every fighter seeking to safe their spot within the PFL Playoffs.”
“PFL 3 tonight lived as much as expectations as every fighter put all of it on the road within the SmartCage,” mentioned President of Fighter Operations Ray Sefo. “MMA followers noticed thrilling fights that resulted in spectacular knockouts, and included a PFL debutant fighter in Dilano Taylor who took his first step to punching a ticket to the PFL Playoffs.”
MacDonald, a 2021 PFL Welterweight Semifinalist, wasted no time in his 2022 season debut, and defeated Brett Cooper by way of 1st spherical submission. MacDonald earned six factors within the Welterweight division, and bumped his total report to 23-8-1, and his ninth profession submission.
To start the principle card on ESPN2, Pacheco introduced the thunder and made fast work of Zamzagul Fayzallanova, incomes six factors within the Ladies’s Light-weight division by the use of first TKO. The 2019 PFL Runner-Up has three straight first-round knockouts, and the result resulted within the third quickest stoppage in PFL Ladies’s Light-weight historical past on the 1:25 mark.
Rounding out the undercard, Joao Zeferino and Dilano Taylor went toe-to-toe in an motion packed battle. Taylor pulled off the upset and gained the competition by way of break up determination, handing Zeferino his first loss within the PFL. Taylor earned three factors within the aggressive Welterweight division, and pushed his total report to 9-1 with eight consecutive wins.
Additional motion noticed 2021 PFL Semifinalist Genah Fabian sq. off in opposition to Julia Budd, who made her PFL Common Season debut. Fabian earned the victory by unanimous determination, nevertheless, as a result of lacking weight, leaves the competition with -1 factors. Consequently, Budd was awarded three factors within the Ladies’s Light-weight standings in a walkover win.
Nikolai Aleksakhin and Sadibou Sy returned to the PFL SmartCage within the second Welterweight matchup of the evening. Sy defeated Aleksakhin by way of break up determination in a bout that went the complete distance. The three-time PFL Playoff qualifier earned three factors and moved his profession report to 10-6-2, with one no contest.
To start the motion within the Welterweight division, Jarrah Al-Silawi made his extremely anticipated PFL Common Season debut in opposition to MMA veteran Gleison Tibau. Ultimately, Al-Silawi got here away with the victory, and earned 3 factors within the standings by the use of break up determination. A former two-division Courageous champion, Al-Silawi gained his fifth consecutive battle, and boosted his total profession report to 18-3-0.
Continued motion noticed an on the spot basic between Abigail Montes Olena Kolesnyk. The competition went the complete three rounds, with Kolesynk deemed the winner by break up determination. Kolesnyk snapped a four-fight shedding streak and handed Montes her first professional loss, whereas enhancing her profession report to 6-4-0, with 1 no contest.
Kicking off the cardboard on ESPN+, PFL Challenger Sequence week 3 contract winner Martina Jindrova matched up with Vanessa Mello to start the Ladies’s Light-weight motion of the evening. Jindrova continued her success, and earned the victory by unanimous determination. Jindrova, who fights out of the Czech Republic, is a multi-time kickboxing and muay thai champion and earned three factors within the standings in her PFL season debut.
The second half of the 2022 PFL Common Season resumes on June 17 at Extra time Elite Area in Atlanta, Georgia, with Lightweights and Mild Heavyweights set to return to the SmartCage. 2021 PFL Champions Antonio Carlos Jr. and Raush Manfio will look to proceed their sturdy begins to the season in hopes of punching their ticket to the 2022 PFL Playoffs.
All PFL 2022 Season occasions are stay in primetime on ESPN, ESPN2/ESPN+ and ESPN3 (Spanish), in addition to on a large and various group of premier world distribution companion platforms reaching 160 nations world wide.
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