PFL 2

Pros and cons for those ready to jump on the Kayla Harrison bandwagon

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Decorated judoka puts her Olympic medals to the side and jumps into MMA, winning via armbar in the first round before dazzling the assembled media with her easy, natural charisma. Considering our track record with this particular narrative in this particular sport,...

Trading Shots: Did PFL outdo the UFC this week? More importantly, how much would it matter?

On a week in which PFL arguably put on a better and more accessible event than the UFC, what does it take for competing MMA organizations to steal some of the spotlight from the industry leader? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to...

Will Brooks happy to be reunited with winning, but knew Firmino would be tough out at PFL 2

nt" CHICAGO – To say Will Brooks really needed a win is probably understating things. Brooks was one of the hottest things in the lightweight division when he was Bellator’s lightweight champion. He vacated his belt there and went to the UFC, but after a debut win he was finished...

Is there really any surprise Brian Foster got another stoppage at PFL 2?

CHICAGO – Brian Foster wasn’t so sure he was winning his fight against Ramsey Nijem in the third round Thursday night. His cornermen told him he needed to get after it. And get after it, he did. Foster (28-10) landed a jumping knee against Nijem (9-7) and dropped him...

Sean O’Connell gives thanks to PFL for shot at two kinds of career resurgence

CHICAGO – Sean O’Connell thought he was probably done with his fighting career. Then the Professional Fighters League came along and gave him a boost not just in the cage, but outside it, as well. O’Connell (18-9) knocked out Ronny Markes (18-6) early in the second round Thursday at...

Brandon Halsey happy with rally and win, but not with one less point at PFL 2

CHICAGO – When Smealinho Rama wasn’t allowed to answer the bell for the third round, Brandon Halsey thought he was about to celebrate a five-point win at PFL 2. Instead, when the official result was announced, Halsey’s TKO victory was ruled as ending one second into the third round instead...

Islam Mamedov says Ramadan fasting affected him at PFL 2

CHICAGO – The way the Professional Fighters League’s point system works, getting a finish in the regular season instead of going to the judges’ scorecards could make the difference between fighting in the playoffs or watching from home. Islam Mamedov (15-1) was mostly dominant in his lightweight fight against Yuki...

After bizarre PFL 2 win, Robert Watley discusses post-fight chat with Thiago Tavares

nt" CHICAGO – It wasn’t the way Robert Watley wanted to claim a victory, but hey, a win’s a win. That’s the mentality Watley (11-1) had to take following a bizarre win over longtime UFC fighter and fellow lightweight Thiago Taveres (22-8-1) at today’s PFL 2 event. The preliminary-card bout,...

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