Tonight at NYCB Live Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Professional Fighters League returns for their second event of their sophomore season, PFL 2. Two of last season’s champions don the fight card this evening as the featherweights and lightweights climb into the cage for the first time in 2019. In the main event, Lance Palmer meets Alex Gilpin at 145-pounds.
The fights will be airing on ESPN 2 and ESPN+ starting at 7 & 9 PM. Stay tuned to MyMMANews.com for live results.
PFL 2 Official Fight Card:
Undercard ESPN 2:
145- Gadzhi Rabadanov def. Steve Siler via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Siler and Rabadanov went the full three rounds a very monotone fight. Siler was out-grappled and controlled on the canvas throughout 90% of the fight. Rabadanov squeezed a tight rear naked choke in the third round that looked like it may finish Siler but he fought through it with solid hand control and earned a reverse to have a dominate position for a little bit until being reversed himself. The judges saw it 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, in favor of Gadzhi Rabadanov via Unanimous Decision.
145- Movlid Khaybulaev def. Damon Jackson via Knockout (flying knee) in Round 1, at 0:10.
Ten seconds in, one knee, a knockout and 6 points after one fight for Khaybulaev in Round 1.
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145- Luis Rafael Laurentino def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO in Round 1, at 0:23.
After Lansing a nut shot, Laurentino locates Jeremy Kennedy’s head with a head kick followed up by shots to the face after the Canadian hit the canvas. The referee called the action and Kennedy came to trying to get a submission against the ref. The finish came in Round one at 23-seconds.
155- Natan Schulte def. Bao Yincang via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round 1, at 3:03.
Schulte opened with a strong takedown which eventually led to him in full mount. The Brazilian dominated the Chinese fighter and handed him his seventh loss. Last years champion starts the second season off right with 6 bonus points. He finished Yincang via Rear naked choke.
Main Card ESPN+:
155- Rashid Magomedov def. Loik Radzhabov via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
a solid three rounds of action. Both fighters kept the fight mostly on the feet, though Magomedov utilized his sweeps to take Radzhabov off balance. It went all three rounds and was left in the judges’ hands. Magomedov earned the UD.
155- Islam Mamedov def. Ylies Djiroun via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
155- Akhmed Aliev def. Carlao Silva Via knockout in Round 1, at 2:24.
145- Andre Harrison def. Peter Petties via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Harrison worked for the takedowns all night, not his best performance, but he grinded-out a victory verse an opponent in Petties, who gave his all in their first fight of the PFL season. Harrison glad to pull out the victory, but delivered a post-fight interview with a tone of him knowing he needs to improve.
155- Chris Wade def. Nate Andrews via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Wade picks up the victory after grinding out a tough one, where he admits to gassing himself out. Andrews made the former NY hs state champion work for every takedown and used hand control to tie him up making it difficult to strike from the top.
In the second round, wade had a solid choke on Andrews, but couldn’t get his arm under the chin to finish him.
Round three, Andrews started to gain ground against Wade while they exchanged strikes, but wade went back to his roots and took the Rhode Island native back down to the canvas, where he controlled the round until the final seconds of the bout.
145- Lance Palmer def. Alex Gilpin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Palmer controlled most of the fight with his wrestling. After landing a combo that dropped Gilpin, He woke when hitting the canvas and recovered well after being rocked and having Palmer on his back seeking a Rear Naked Choke. Palmer kept at it scoring his double and went on to a Unanimous Decision victory.
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