Emiliano Sordi secures his first decision victory in his young PFL career.
Headlining the event is a welterweight clash between former UFC welterweight title challenger and former two-time Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald, who faces former three-time FCOC welterweight champion Curtis Millender.
Co-headlining the event is returning welterweight champion Ray Cooper III, who won his 2019 season with a TKO victory of David Michaud, the man who was expected to face MacDonald tonight, before heart complications unfortunately arose.
Opening up the main card tonight was another returning champion, this time Emiliano Sordi, who faced UFC veteran and former Glory kickboxer Chris Camozzi.
Sordi came into the bout with a record of 22-8, having won his last five straight, all via finish, and four via knockout.
Camozzi came into the bout with a record of 25-14. He was on a four-fight losing streak, up until he rebounded in his last bout with an arm-triangle choke finish of the ultra-experienced Tony Lopez in 2019.
Continue reading to see how this incredible main card opener went down:
Official Result: Emiliano Sordi def. Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
Sordi comes out with high velocity on his punches, as many of us expected him to do. He’s landing a lot of clean combinations due to his high output. Camozzi comes back at him with his own combos and ties up with Sordi, but nothing effective happened of it.
The two break and are back to the center, before Camozzi ties up with Sordi again and gets taken down for it.
Sordi immediately secured mount off the takedown, and soon took Camozzi’s back not long afterward, searching for the rear naked choke. Once he realized he wasn’t going to get the choke, Sordi decided to spin into mount again and reign down some ground-and-pound until the end of the round.
Camozzi is noticeably very tired at the start of round two, and Sordi isn’t far behind him. The start of the round looked like the start of round one, until Sordi ended up on his back in the middle of an exchange.
Sordi remained on his back for about 90 seconds, eating punches from the bottom, before getting up and taking Camozzi down himself. Camozzi was right back up however, and was right back on top of an exhausted Sordi again to end a dominant round two.
Sordi lands a hard right cross, as he has been all night, while the fight’s been on its feet of course, and drops Camozzi with it about one minute into round three.
This gives him the chance to jump into Camozzi’s guard, and then half guard, where he remained until the final minute, where Camozzi tried one last time to get up, only to be taken down again, losing every bit of momentum he had in round two.
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