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When Ivanov could catch Alencar, he repeatedly landed thudding left hands against the Brazilian. Most of the time, he worked on his cardio as Alencar played the circle-and-counter game.
On several occasions, Alencar was able to sneak in a straight right, and he repeatedly punished Ivanov’s body, an inconvenience for a 15-minute sprint. Still, the disparity in damage left no doubt for judges, who gave Ivanov the fight by scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27 in the headliner of PFL: Fight Night, which took place Thursday at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C., and streamed live on MMAjunkie.
Ivanov (16-1) now improves to 5-0 under the WSOF/PFL banner, while Alencar (11-2) sees a four-fight streak snapped.
A third-round guillotine attempt that forced Palmer to scramble was the only legitimate threat to his dominance. With Team Alpha Male patriarch Urijah Faber looking on from his corner, Palmer ran roughshod over Siler to claim a unanimous decision via scores of 30-27 twice and 30-26.
Palmer, on the mend after losing his belt to Andre Harrison in his previous outing for WSOF, needed only a few feints to trick Siler into sitting down on punches. Siler hoped his flexibility would get him out of trouble as he worked for a low-percentage gogoplata. He managed to escape, only to be brought back to the mat by a left hook. Referee Mario Yamaski came inches away from stopping the bout with a flurry of hard punches.
Looking for better luck, Siler tried to back Palmer into a corner but struggled to gauge distance and wound up on his back. Palmer pounded him for the remainder of the middle frame.
The guillotine Siler attempted in the final frame allowed him to escape again to his feet. But by the end of the frame, he was on the verge of getting submitted as Palmer took his back and threatened a choke.
Palmer (12-3) is now 5-3 under the WSOF/PFL banner, while Siler (29-17) drops to 1-3 in his past four outings.
The UFC veteran may have gotten some help after Gallemore, who reportedly wears contact lenses, winced following an early exchange. From there, it was a race to the finish for Kyle.
Gallemore managed to recover and even landed a right hook that briefly backed up his aggressive foe. But an uppercut sent him reeling backwards, setting up the quick finish.
Kyle (23-15) rebounds after a decision loss to Josh Copeland in his PFL debut, while Victory FC vet Gallemore (7-4) sees a three-fight streak snapped.
It took more than two rounds of dominance on the mat before Josenaldo Silva decided he could no longer hold out on the mat against Timur Valiev, tapping to a rear-naked choke at the 2:12 mark of the third round.
Almost from bell to bell, Valiev walked through Silva’s kicks to execute takedowns and damage with ground and pound from top position. By the second frame, Silva was bleeding from shots he took off his back.
Silva had some success early on delaying the trip southward, stopping a suplex attempt. But Valiev redoubled his efforts and pulled off the slam, landing elbows from the top as they settled in to a ground fight.
Valiev abided Silva on the feet for about a minute in the third before nabbing another easy takedown. Advancing position, he took back control and secured the choke for his second straight win. Valiev (12-2) is now 6-1 under the WSOF/PFL banner, while Silva (25-6) has now dropped two straight.
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