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Hometown Favorite “Ill” Will Brooks Earns a Unanimous Decision Win and Kayla Harrison Dominates in her MMA Debut

PFL 2 from the Chicago Theatre, June 21 2018

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CHICAGO– 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.

“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 below and for the PFL 2 fighter quotes and score cards go here:

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 round

Kayla Harrison def. Brittney Elkin by submission (armbar) at 3:18 of the first round

Efrain Escudero (0 pts.—did not make weight) def. Jason High (0 pts.) by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:35 of the third round

Sean O’Connell (5 pts.) def. Ronny Markes (0 pts.) by TKO (strikes) at 0:41 of the second round

Brandon Halsey (4 pts.) def. Smealinho Rama (0 pts.) by TKO (referee stoppage) at 0:01 of the third round

Islam 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 round

Rakim Cleveland (4 pts.) def. Rashid Yusupov (0 pts.) by TKO (referee stoppage) at 0:01 of the third round

Maxim Grishin (6 pts.) def. Jason Butcher (0 pts.) by TKO (injury) at 1:40 of the first round

Robert Watley (5 pts.) def. Thiago Tavares (0 pts.) by TKO (referee stoppage) at 0:35 of the second round

Natan 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:

PFL Light Heavyweight Standings
Fighter Ranking Points PFL Record Next Fight
Vinny Magalhaes (BRA) 1 6 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

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Maxim Grishin (RUS) 2 6 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Sean O’Connell (USA) 3 5 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Brandon Halsey (USA) 4 4 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Rakim Cleveland (USA) 5 4 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Dan Spohn (USA) 6 4 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Bazigit Ataev (RUS) 7 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Rashid Yusupov (RUS) 8 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Smealinho Rama (CAN) 9 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Ronny Markes (BRA) 10 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Jason Butcher (USA) 11 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Jamie Abdallah (AUS) 12 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

 

PFL Lightweight Standings
Fighter Ranking Points PFL Record Next Fight
Robert Watley (USA) 1 5 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Brian Foster (USA) 2 4 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Will Brooks (USA) 3 3 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Natan Schulte (BRA) 4 3 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Islam Mamedov (RUS) 5 3 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Yuki Kawana (JAP) 6 0 1-0 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Luiz Firmino (BRA) 7 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Chris Wade (USA) 8 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Jason High (USA) 9 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Ramsey Nijem (USA) 10 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Thiago Tavares (BRA) 11 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

Efrain Escudero (MEX) 12 0 0-1 PFL 5—Nassau Coliseum;

Uniondale, NY

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.

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