Professional Fighters League (PFL) Continues 2018 Debut Season with Thrilling MMA Action in PFL2—Its Second Regular Season Event—at the Chicago Theatre | Financial Buzz

Professional Fighters League (PFL) Continues 2018 Debut Season with Thrilling MMA Action in PFL2Its Second Regular Season Eventat the Chicago Theatre

The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the first organization to
showcase mixed martial arts in a true sport format, held their second
regular-season event in front of a full house at the historic Chicago
Theatre. The 13-bout card was the first regular-season fight for PFL’s
lightweight and light heavyweight fighters and featured stoppages in all
but three fights. PFL 2 also marked Kayla Harrison’s professional MMA
debut, where the two-time gold medalist wowed fans as she embarked on
her new career as a professional fighter with a first round submission
win.

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Two-Time Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison Defeats Brittney Elkin at PFL2 (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our second event showed the power of this format to MMA fans here in
the Chicago Theatre and watching at home in the U.S. and globally on
NBCSN and Facebook,” said Carlos Silva, League President of PFL.
“Our lightweight and light heavyweight fighters took their first steps
toward claiming their share of the $10 million postseason prize pool.
And Kayla Harrison proved that the hype was real with her dominant
first-round submission victory over Brittney Elkin We’re so proud that
she made her professional debut under the PFL banner and expect big
things to come.”

Kayla Harrison’s long-awaited professional MMA debut did not disappoint.
She came out strong from the opening bell and was quickly able to
control her opponent, Brittney Elkin, on the ground. At 3:18 in the
first round Harrison was able to lock in an armbar forcing Elkin to tap.

Chicago’s own Will Brooks went the distance against Luiz Firmino,
earning a unanimous decision win and three crucial points on his quest
to be one of the top eight lightweight fighters to fight in the PFL’s
$10 million postseason and championship events.

Perhaps the most heated moments of the night came when lightweight
Efrain Escudero was declared victorious over Jason High by submission in
the third round. High was vehement in his objection to the call, which
was ultimately upheld by the referee. A late replacement in PFL2,
Escudero was lined up to fight only 10 days before the bell and missed
weight, so his victory will yield him no points.

Sean O’Connell broke new ground in the sport by handling play-by-play
duties for the Facebook broadcast before stepping into the cage and
scoring a highlight-reel knockout over Ronny Markes to earn five points
in the light heavyweight division.

“Fighters were definitely making their opponents work for every point
tonight and the emotions were clearly running high. Everyone has their
eye on the December 31st championship event, and these
fighters know that their destiny is in their own hands and there is no
easy path to the postseason,” said Ray Sefo, President of Fighting
Operations of PFL. “I’m excited to see the intensity our
middleweights and welterweights will bring to the cage in Washington,
D.C. on July 5.”

Final Results:Will Brooks (3 pts.) def. Luiz Firmino (0
pts.) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 30-27)Brian Foster
(4 pts.) def. Ramsey Nijem (0 pts.) by TKO (strikes) at 0:23 of the
third roundKayla Harrison def. Brittney Elkin by submission
(armbar) at 3:18 of the first roundEfrain Escudero (0
pts.—did not make weight) def. Jason High (0 pts.) by submission
(guillotine choke) at 0:35 of the third roundSean O’Connell (5
pts.) def. Ronny Markes (0 pts.) by TKO (strikes) at 0:41 of the second
roundBrandon Halsey (4 pts.) def. Smealinho Rama (0 pts.) by TKO
(referee stoppage) at 0:01 of the third roundIslam Mamedov (3
pts.) def. Yuki Kawana (0 pts.) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and
29-28)Vinny Magalhaes (6 pts.) def. Jamie Abdallah (0 pts.) by
submission (rear naked-choke) at 1:37 in the first roundRakim
Cleveland (4 pts.) def. Rashid Yusupov (0 pts.) by TKO (referee
stoppage) at 0:01 of the third roundMaxim Grishin (6 pts.) def.
Jason Butcher (0 pts.) by TKO (injury) at 1:40 of the first roundRobert
Watley (5 pts.) def. Thiago Tavares (0 pts.) by TKO (referee stoppage)
at 0:35 of the second roundNatan Schulte (3 pts.) def. Chris
Wade (0 pts.) by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28 and 30-26)Dan
Spohn (4 pts.) def. Bazigit Ataev (0 pts.) by TKO (referee stoppage due
to strikes) at 4:31 of the third round

Light Heavyweight and Lightweight Standings After One Fight:

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The 2018 PFL season features 126 fights on Thursday nights in seven
regular-season events, bracket-style “win or go home” playoffs, and a
$10 million post-season prize pool—the largest prize pool in the history
of MMA. The season began with 12 athletes in each of six different
weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn their way into
the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title
of champion.

U.S.-based and international fans can watch all PFL regular season,
playoff, and championship fights—over 66 hours of live action—for free.
In the United States, all of the PFL regular season events air live on
Thursday in primetime exclusively on NBCSN, and stream live on
NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and pflmma.com. Outside the U.S.,
Facebook streams up to six hours of free, live coverage for each event.
In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each
event on Facebook.

About Professional Fighters League™

The Professional Fighters League presents MMA for the first time in the
sport format where individuals compete in a regular season,
“win-or-go-home” post-season, and championship. Co-founded by Donn
Davis, Russ Ramsey, and Mark Leschly, the Professional
Fighters League is backed by an ownership group of sports, media, and
business titans. The PFL 2018 Season has 72 fighters in six
weight-classes, competing in the regular season on Thursday nights in
June, July, and August. The top eight in each weight-class face off in
single-elimination playoff fights on Saturday nights in October and the
PFL season concludes December 31 with six championship bouts
back-to-back with a $10 million prize pool. Watch the entire PFL season
action live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), Facebook Watch, and PFLmma.com.
For more visit www.PFLmma.com.

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