Fabricio Werdum Headlines, Kayla Harrison Set for Co-Main Event at PFL 3 on May 6

By: Tristen Critchfield
Mar 9, 2021

Two of Professional Fighters League’s biggest stars will anchor the organization’s third regular season card on May 6.

The promotion announced Tuesday that recent free-agent signee Fabricio Werdum will square off against Renan Ferreira in the evening’s heavyweight headliner, while 2019 women’s lightweight champ Kayla Harrison will face Mariana Morais in the co-main event. The card will feature heavyweights and women’s lightweights.

PFL 3 takes place at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., in a ”state-of-the-art” bubble environment, with fighters required to check in 17 days prior to their bouts. The main card airs on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, with prelims streaming on ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.

In the other two main card matchups, 2019 heavyweight champ Ali Isaev will face Hatef Moeil, while Genah Fabian will lock horns with Laura Sanchez at 155 pounds. Meanwhile, six bouts will comprise the ESPN+ prelims: Mohammed Usman vs. Brandon Sayles at heavyweight; Larissa Pacheco vs. Julija Pajic at lightweight; Ante Delija vs. Bruno Cappelozza at heavyweight; Cindy Dandois vs. Kaitlin Young at lightweight and Olena Kolesnyk vs. Taylor Guardado at lightweight.

A former UFC heavyweight champion, Werdum exited the promotion on the heels of a first-round submission of Alexander Werdum this past July. The 43-year-old Brazilian has bested some of the sport’s biggest names while compiling a 24-9 mark, including Cain Velasquez, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Roy Nelson, Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem and Gabriel Gonzaga, to name a few.

The 6-foot-8 Ferreira has compiled a 6-2 professional record since making his debut in 2013. Most recently, “Problema” submitted current UFC talent Jared Vanderaa in the second round at Legacy Fighting Alliance 74 in August 2019.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Harrison captured PFL’s 2019 crown with a five-round verdict over Pachecho in the finals. The 30-year-old American Top Team product has been dominant in compiling an 8-0 record since her pro debut in June 2018.

Morais, meanwhile, earned a spot on the PFL roster through the promotion’s International Qualifier Series. The 26-year-old Parana Vale Tudo representative is 16-10 as a professional and will enter her first PFL foray on a three-bout winning streak.

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