The Professional Fighters League, better known as PFL, is returning for the sixth time in 2021 tonight, June 25, showcasing mostly their heavyweight division, as well as their women’s lightweight division.
Headlining the event came a women’s lightweight clash between two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, former PFL champion Kayla Harrison, who faced fellow Judo black belt, 12-year veteran Cindy Dandois.
Co-headlining the event came a bout between former WEC & UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who faced Raush Manfio in a three-round lightweight bout.
As the title suggests, we’ll be talking about the main event between the two Judokas of the night.
Official Result: Kayla Harrison def. Cindy Dandois via submission (armbar) at 4:44 of round one
Harrison comes out controlling the center of the octagon, as she usually does, and lands a nice body kick while Dandois is on the backfoot. Dandois then goes for a sloppy low single leg takedown and ends up on her back.
Of course, Harrison capitalizes on this, and initially sits in Dandois’ guard reigning down some heavy punches, before passing over to side control to continue furthering her damage from top position.
She eventually secures mount, where she continues to reign punches down, up until she decides to go for Dandois’ arm and secure the finish with the armbar, becoming just the second woman to submit Dandois in MMA competition.
The first was three-time Invicta bantamweight champion and former UFC featherweight title challenger Tonya Evinger, back in 2014. Instead, Dandois used to submitting her opponents, with her last four victories coming via submission, as well as five of her last six.
Nonetheless, Kayla Harrison impressively improves her professional record to 10-0, and secures the No. 2 seed in the PFL women’s lightweight rankings with this victory.
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