PFL 9 2021 Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

By: Lev Pisarsky
Aug 27, 2021
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Brandon Jenkins (156) vs. Jacob Kilburn (154.4)

Round 1

Opening the card, Brandon "The Human Highlight Reel" Jenkins (13-6) faces very recent UFC veteran Jacob Kilburn (8-4), who fought in that organization in January of this year. Keeping a close eye on them will be referee Gary Copeland. Jenkins starts the fight with a leg kick, and Kilburn returns one, only harder. Kilburn lands a sneaky left hook soon after. They get into a clinch, and the longer Jenkins gets a Thai clinch, partially landing a few knees. Eventually, Kilburn gets out of it and pushes Kilburn into the fance, with Kilburn holding an underhook. They jockey for position, and eventually Jenkins gets away, landing a nice knee to the head on the break. He adds a leg kick for good measure, and checks Kilburn's attempt at one of his own. They exchance punches, with Jenkins' right hook being the most impactful blow. Kilburn is feeling himself, throwing a wheel kick that misses. He goes back to the calf kick, but Jenkins checks it well. Jenkins lands a leg kick. Kilburn lands a few solid jabs, and then a nice flurry that partially gets through. Suddenly, the loose, lanky Jenkins throws a jumping switch knee and it connects beautifully, with Kilburn crumpling to the canvas like a sack of potatoes. After a few follow-up punches, Gary Copeland waves off the contest. Tremendous finish, as Brandon Jenkins lives up to his nickname of "The Human Highlight Reel".

The Official Result

Brandon Jenkins def. Jacob Kilburn via KO (Flying Knee) at 2:56 of Round 1

Alejandro Flores Garcia (145.6) vs. Carl Deaton (146)

Round 1

Next up, Mexico's Alejandro Flores Garcia (18-3), who has fought most of his career in Combate Americas and had a losing stint on Dana White's Contender Series, is a large favorite over Carl Deaton (13-4). Is that justified? We'll soon see, as will referee Keith Peterson. Flores starts out circling on the outside. Deaton charges forward, but is unable to land. Flores attempts a leg kick, but he misses as well. So far, they're very cautious roughly a minute in. Flores misses another leg kick, but fully blocks a a wide Deaton overhand left. He blocks another overhand left, and this time, is able to counter with a straight punch, causing Deaton to lose his footing and then retreat, although it may have been more of a slip. Flores lands an inside leg kick, although it's not too hard. He catches Deaton coming forward with a knee and adds a jab for good measure. Flores is moving well and has a good feel for the distance. He dodges Deaton's punches again, as Deaton looks to counter whenever Flores throws leg kicks. Deaton does, however, score with a nice leg kick of his own. They exchange in the pocket, but none of the punches actually land. A front kick by Deaton misses, too. A head kick by Flores misses by a considerable margin. A leg kick by Flores partially lands. Flores misses a solitary jab, as both are defending well. An eager jumping head kick by Flores misses by a large margin, too. Deaton jumps forward and Flores almost counters him with an uppercut, but not quite. Flores opens up with some kicks that land to end the stanza. Deaton gets in Flores' face at the end, gesticulating, but it would have served him better to show more of that during the actual fight. 10-9 Flores.

Round 2

Flores lands a leg kick to begin the stanza. He then adds a hard one soon after. Flores is going for several hard side-kicks to the obliques, and he manages to land a good one. Deaton is coming forward looking to counter, but his punches aren't landing. A 1-2 by Deaton does find a little success, getting through a little. Flores throws a jumping switch-kick, but it's blocked. He lands a nice inside leg kick, however. Flores gets a little lazy, dropping his hands, and Deaton throws a combination punctuated with a left hook that briefly drops Flores. He gets up immediately, but that was easily the best strike of the contest. Flores tries to get it back, throwing some punches, but Deaton is ready and moves out of the way. Flores is more caution now, and the pace really slows. Deaton finally explodes forward, and once again, Flores briefly stumbles, although this time it may have been more of a slip. Flores goes back to the leg kicks, but is missing them now, as Deaton is ready. Flores lands a jumping switch-kick to the body. He comes forward again, and gets countered by Deaton's right cross. Flores lands a nice head kick with about 30 seconds, his best of the round. They clash with simulatenous leg kicks at the end. Deaton lands a nice jumping knee and then a right hook that wobbles Flores. Nice comeback round for Deaton, one which he clearly won. 10-9 Deaton.

Round 3

Flores misses a leg kick to begin the final stanza. He goes for a flying knee of his own, but it misses. Deaton lands a solid leg kick. Flores finally tries a few jabs again, but they're all short. A winging left hook misses, too. Flores misses another jab, as Deaton is defending well. A Flores leg kick, however, lands. More jabs by Flores, but Deaton moves his head well to defend. Deaton is defending well, but is waiting a little too long to attack, perhaps hoping for another perfect moment as in round 2. Deaton partially gets a right hand through, but it's not enough. Flores throws a few kicks, and the leg kick scores. An overhand right by Deaton misses. A Flores jab finally connects. Flores throws an interesting switch-kick that connects with Deaton's leg. Deaton finally comes forward with punches, but it's mostly blocked. Flores lands another leg kick. Deaton partially counters a Flores jab with one of his own. Flores with another leg kick, even if it's not very hard. With 40 seconds left, Flores is winning the round on activity alone. Deaton goes for a takedown, and while Flores briefly stumbles, he soon gets back to his feet and gets away. Deaton throws another left hook, but Flores avoids it. Deaton lands a jab near the end, but it's just not enough. Deaton is heated and triumphant as the final bell rings, but he appears to have given this contest away. 10-9 Flores (29-28 Flores).

The Official Result

Alejandro Flores Garcia def. Carl Deaton via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jason Knight (145.8) vs. Bobby Moffett (148.2: Missed Weight)

Round 1

We have a very intriguing fight on our hands here, as two UFC veterans in Bobby Moffett (13-6) and Jason Knight (22-6) square off. Knight was once 20-2 with a 4 fight winning streak in the UFC including a triumph over Dan Hooker, but was cut after losing 4 straight. After a stint in bare knuckle boxing, he has won 2 straight since returning to MMA. He will absolutely be looking to strike, while Moffett, who missed weight by over 2 pounds, will surely be looking to grapple, while going for his go-to submission, the brabo/anaconda choke. Having the best vantage point for this fight will be referee James Larry Folsom, Jr. Knight starts throwing out the jab to test the waters. He soon lands a nice front push-kick to the body. Moffett throws a cautious leg kick that does little damage. As Knight comes forward with punches, Moffett shoots a double-leg. Knight sprawls but doesn't angle off, and Moffett chain-wrestles. They end up in an exotic position, a type of North-South with both on their sides. Knight is looking for a possible inverted triangle choke, and manages to get his legs around Moffett's throat. Knight gets the higher position, practically sitting on Moffett, and landing a few body punches to boot. Moffett continues to defend, and Knight continues throwing some body punches, some of them being hard. Eventually, Moffett manages to rise, and Knight partially slides off, although he keeps the hold. Moffett almost gets him off, but Knight retains it. As he rises again, Knight lands some absolutely vicious punches to the body, with tremendous, thudding impact. With 70 seconds left, Moffett finally escapes and both men get back to their feet. Moffett throws punches, but none land. Knight partially lands to the body, and then misses a leg kick. Both are a little tired from that grappling exchange. Moffett comes forward and Knight lands a few body punches. Moffett lands a big body kick to end the round that clearly hurt Knight. It's almost enough to steal it, but not quite. 10-9 Knight.

Round 2

Knight begins the round jabbing, and lands a few leg kicks, as Moffett is unable to counter. Knight is throwing some straight punches, but none are doing more than touching Moffett. Moffett goes for a single-leg, and gets Knight against the cage. Knight goes for a flying triangle, but it's ill-advised, with no chance of succeeding, and Moffett now on top in half-guard against the fence. This might feel like deja vu for Knight, who has lost many decisions going for submissions off his back. Knight does manage to sit up against the cage, and eventually posts up. Moffett, however, simply picks him up and slams him away from the cage. Knight goes for a rubberguard, but he is simply keeping Moffett in his guard, little more. Moffett is landing very little from the top, but Knight is doing little of his own. Knight manages to spin out, but Moffett gets a hold of the neck and is possibly looking for his patented Brabo choke. Knight eventually spins onto his back and now uses a triangle guard, which is little better. He looks for an armbar with 30 seconds left, but there is nothing there. Knight goes for a rubber guard again, but there is nothing. With less than 10 seconds left, Knight goes for a triangle and it's tight! However, time runs out. You know what? With Moffett doing absolutely nothing from the top, Knight winning the striking, and almost submitting him at the end, I'll give him the round. 10-9 Knight.

Round 3

They are cautious to begin the round, but Knight lands a nice left cross. Moffett grabs the neck, however, and lands a few uppercuts. Oddly, it's Knight who shoots a double-leg and gets Moffett down! Moffett scrambles up, but Knight briefly takes the back. They continue scrambling, however, and Moffett ends up on top. Knight has an interesting body lock from the bottom going on, but I don't believe he has anything against Moffett. Moffett gets out and is in side-control. Moffett is, however, not throwing anything from the top position, except for a few very meager strikes, more touches than anything. However, it's Knight's job to get up, not the referee's to bail him out. With 2 minutes remaining, Knight is talking trash to Moffett rather than actually fighting. Finally, Knight gets to his knees and starts posting up with about 90 seconds left. He gets up, but with 70 seconds left, Moffett again scores on a double-leg pick-up and slam. Moffett is is in half-guard now, looking for a possible arm triangle. Moffett lands a few very minor arm punches. Finally, with 30 seconds left, the referee stands them up. Knight lands a small leg kick. Knight looks a little too tired to do much. He moves forward, but his punches are slow and miss. Moffett easily ducks and grapples with him. This was similar to Round 2, except with Knight doing much less, so I have it for Moffett. I have it for Knight, but given how much judges reward simply being on top, wouldn't be surprised to see Moffett take it. 10-9 Moffett (29-28 Knight).

The Official Result

Bobby Moffett def. Jason Knight via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Anthony Dizy (145.6) vs. Jesse Stirn (144.6)

Round 1

In our third straight featherweight contest, Frenchman Anthony Dizy (13-4) is a considerable favorite against American Jesse Stirn (11-5). No clue why this is higher billed than the previous contest. Referee Andrew Glenn will oversee the action. Dizy throws a jab and Stirn blocks it, while bouncing around on the outside. Dizy throws a 1-2, but Stirn again defends it well. Dizy fires a solid jab, but Stirn again evades. Stirn is moving a lot on the outside, but throwing little offense of his own. Dizy comes forward with punches, but Stirn again just barely manages to get away. Stirn throws a jab of his own, but it's blocked by Dizy. Stirn does land a straight left (not a real jab), and soon after, Dizy decides to wrestle. His initial single-leg is blocked, so he continues grinding against the cage. Stirn works the whizzer well, however, and moves his hips correctly. Dizy manages to get an angle, though, and has a rear waist-lock, while kneeing Stirn's thigh. He momentarily gets Stirn down, but Stirn immediately gets up and turns into the Frenchman. Dizy goes for some old-school footstomps. He gets a bodylock, but isn't able to convert it into a takedown. With 70 seconds left, Stirn finally gets off the cage. They both throw punches, but they're largely blocked or dodged. Stirn lands another straight left. Dizy goes for a double-leg, but Stirn defends this one easily. A Dizy jab misses. Dizy lands a solid left hook, probably the best strike of the round. Dizy shoots in to end the round, but Stirn stays upright. Close, largely uneventful round, but Dizy just barely edged it out. 10-9 Dizy.

Round 2

Dizy begins the round jabbing, although Stirn circles away nicely. He continues doing so, evading a Dizy cross. Stirn scores with a leg kick. Dizy goes for a few uppercuts, and one of them touches Stirn. Stirn lands a solid right hand, as Dizy overextended. They get close, and Dizy grabs Stirn around the waist, grinding for another takedown. He manages to get a rear waistlock against the cage, grapevining Stirn's legs. Stirn drops to his knees, as Dizy throws a few punches while draped over him. Dizy is looking for a RNC too, which Stirn is forced ot defend. Eventually, Dizy flattens Stirn, but Stirn nimbly turns around and regains half-guard, averting possible disaster. Stirn tries to posture up, but Dizy controls the wrists well and gets him back down flat. Dizy lands a few punches and then gets to half-guard. Stirn begins to wall-walk, but Dizy tries to take the back and go for the RNC again. Stirn manages to get to his feet though, and then turns nicely into Dizy. Stirn then goes for an outside trip of his own, but Dizy shows powerful legs and stays up. He turns into Stirn and is now back in top position. An ill-advised grappling attempt by Stirn! Dizy is in deep half-guard, trying to get his leg out to get into side control, while landing some right hands, although none are especially powerful. He finally gets his leg free and throws some short shoulder strikes from side control. Stirn scrambles with his feet to get up, although Dizy is threatening his neck. Stirn does get up, though, and with 10 seconds left, he scores with a few punches, and then some solid leg kicks. He then scores with a nice flying knee as time expires. That last exchange made it close, but I still have to give it to Dizy. 10-9 Dizy.

Round 3

Dizy jabs to begin the final stanza, and Stirn evades. Stirn scores with a nice outside leg kick, and then adds a second one for good measure. Dizy is missing the jab now, as Stirn circles well. Dizy lands with a few straight punches, though none are eespecially hard. His follow-ups are all evaded well by Stirn, though. Stirn lands a solid straight left. Stirn lands a decent body kick. Stirn evades some punches, but is touched by a Dizy right hook. Dizy lands an uppercut more solidly, as Stirn is having too much fun defending, but isn't landing enough himself. Another Dizy uppercut touches Stirn. Stirn comes forward and misses a straight punch. Dizy ducks down and goes for a single-leg. Stirn defends it against the cage, as Dizy slowly comes up, pushing his opponent hard into the fence. Dizy looks for the angle to get the single-leg, but Stirn frames well and temporarily turns him around. Dizy drops levels for the legs, but it doesn't work. Stirn pushes him off, with 85 seconds remaining. Dizy's punches are tired now, but Stirn isn't taking advantage. A head kick is easily blocked by Dizy. Dizy misses a 1-2. Stirn dodges a few jabs and then connects on a leg kick. Stirn then lands a more solid leg kick. Dizy partially connects on an uppercut. Stirn is clowning around as the fight ends, and the commentators are as flabbergasted by it as I am, as he has absolutely lost the fight. 10-9 Dizy (30-27 Dizy).

The Official Result

Anthony Dizy def. Jesse Stirn via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Chris Camozzi (203.4) vs. Cory Hendricks (205.6)

Round 1

Moving up to the light heavyweight division, a revitalized Chris Camozzi (26-15), who very nearly defeated PFL champion Emiliano Sordi during the regular season and then scored a big upset of former UFC contender Cezar Ferreira, is practically a pick'em against Cory Hendricks (8-3), who had his own nice upset this PFL season with a submission victory over Marthin Hamlet. Referee Gary Copeland will be dwarfed by the fighters, but keep them honest, regardless. Hendricks shoots a few jabs to test the distance, and then lands a leg kick. Camozzi comes forward with short punches and lands a knee to the head when Hendricks ducks. Camozzi then lands a leg kick when at range. They both punch, but evade one another's blows. Hendricks shoots for a takedown, but Camozzi defends it easily. Camozzi throws a few short punches and they partially get through. Camozzi touches Hendricks with another leg kick. Camozzi throws a 1-2 and the cross partially lands. He comes forward again and touches Hendricks with another punch. Camozzi records another leg kick, as Hendricks seems a little off-balance and uncertain. Camozzi gets in another leg kick and then a wild Hendricks head kick almost causes him to fall down. Camozzi tries a flying knee, as Hendricks retreats. Camozzi lands two hard leg kicks, and Hendricks is starting to feel it, moving them in obvious pain. Another Hendricks jab is evaded and Camozzi uses it to counter with more short punches and then adds what else, but another hard leg kick. As Hendricks wades forward, Camozzi hits him with a short combo to the exposed chin. Hendricks finally has some success, landing a leg kick of his own. Hendricks then gets a jab through. Camozzi throws an axe kick that partially lands. Hendricks lands a punch of his own. A big power punch by Hendricks, however, hits nothing but air. Camozzi scores more on some small punches to end the round. Camozzi threw more to land than to damage with his punches, but in doing so, they're faster, and Hendricks will have to figure out what to do, especially in conjunction with the kicks. 10-9 Camozzi.

Round 2

Hendricks paws a few jabs and then throws a hard head kick, but Camozzi is ready and blocks it well. Camozzi throws another combination as Hendricks simply covers up. Hendricks changes levels as Camozzi comes forward and briefly gets him down, but Camozzi immediately gets up. They grapple against the fence and it's Camozzi with underhooks, but a Camozzi attempt at an outside trip is blocked and Hendricks pushes him down to get on top. Camozzi is undeterred and goes for a heel hook. Hendricks tries to get away, but in the ensuing scramble, Camozzi ends up on top. Hendricks isn't discouraged either, though, and he scrambles to the side and as Camozzi doesn't react in time, takes Camozzi's back! Crazy ground action! Hendricks threatens with a RNC, which looks clsoe, but Camozzi manages to barely defend. Camozzi tries to find ahip, and with a little less than 2 minutes remaining, starts scrambling and getting to his feet. Hendricks moves with him, though, and pushes him back down onto the canvas. Hendricks works for an arm triangle, but Camozzi manages to defend. Camozzi finds another hip and tries to get up, as Hendricks holds onto his hip for dear life. Suddenly, Camozzi gets Hendricks's arm into a kimura lock and it looks very deep! Hendricks winces in tremendous pain, but refuses to tap. Camozzi continues cranking it and uses it to sweep into top position. With the arm seemingly badly damaged, he lets go of the hold. Camozzi goes for a guillotine to end the round, but it's unsuccessful. Absolutely insane round, but that kimura looked very close and painful, and Camozzi did win the striking for as long as it lasted there. 10-9 Camozzi.

Round 3

Hendricks barely touches Camozzi with a left hook and barely dodges the straight punch counters. Camozzi lands on another leg kick. Hendricks lands a good jab, his best one of the fight. Camozzi lands a few leg kicks in response. Camozzi comes forward, but he is slower, and Hendricks dodges out of the way. A wild head kick by Hendricks misses by a large margin. Camozzi lands another leg kick, but it doesn't have the same starch as earlier rounds. He doubles up on the jab, both of which land. Camozzi comes forward and lands a couple of nice uppercuts as Hendricks covers up. Camozzi lands another leg kic and then lands a few short punches as Hendricks suddenly looks very tired himself. Hendricks throws a very tired jab to Camozzi's stomach, which lands but does little damage. Hendricks shoots for a takedown, but it's slow and telegraphed now, and Camozzi easily defends. Camozzi lands a leg kick, and Hendricks counters with a right hook, but it has little on it despite the flush connect, not particularly hurting Camozzi. They clinch against the cage, with Camozzi having a bodylock. Hendricks blocks the takedown attempt and soon breaks off, landing a knee for good measure. Camozzi comes back with a nice 1-2, with the cross landing flush. A few follow-up jabs land as well. Hendricks is tired and Camozzi continues to excel at close range, landing a multitude of small punches. Hendricks clinches and Camozzi very nearly gets an outside trip, but Hendrick manages to stay on his feet. They clinch against the cage, with both men visibly tired. They break off, but soon re-engage. As they break off again, Camozzi lands another combination, and then pushes Hendricks back into the cage. Impressive performance by Camozzi against a tough opponent, showing skills on the ground as well as the feet. 10-9 Camozzi (30-27 Camozzi).

The Official Result

Chris Camozzi def. Cory Hendricks via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Sheymon Moraes (146) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (145.6)

Round 1

Talented striker and UFC veteran Sheymon Moraes (12-5), who just snapped a 3 fight losing streak by going to his grappling and winning via kimura, faces Lazar Stojadinovic (14-8), who was done no favors in his PFL debut in April, having faced this card's main eventer, Movlid Khaybulaev. This should be a more winnable contest. Referee Keith Peterson will keep a keen eye on the fisticuffs. Stojadinovic pumps out a quick jab, but Moraes is out of range. Moraes is very calm to begin the fight, not throwing a single strike for the first minute. A Stojadinovic 1-2 misses. He touches Moraes with a leg kick, but it's not damaging. Stojadinovic throws a front kick to the face that Moraes dodges, too. Moraes STILL hasn't thrown, over 90 seconds into the contest. Finally, he throws a neat jab that partially lands. A head kick by Stojadinovic is blocked by a follow-up body kick partly connects. Stojadinovic comes forward with punches, misses, but lands a knee on the break. Stojadinovic goes for a telegraphed single-leg, but Moraes defends it very easily. Stojadinovic touches Moraes with a jab, but misses the follow-up cross. The action has been very slow through the first 3 minutes. Finally, they open up a little, with an exchange in the pocket that Stojadinovic gets the better of. Stojadinovic clinches from there and then lifts Moraes from the side and slams him down. Stojadinovic appears to briefly have mount, but Moraes does a beautiful job of hip-escaping and getting back up. They continue grappling and Stojadinovic overextends, with Moraes taking him down and now working from the top. However, Moraes postures up and Stojadinovic uses it to sit up and push Moraes against the fence. Stojadinovic has double underhooks, as Moraes appears a little confused and listless. They finally disengage, with Stojadinovic missing two big hooks on the break. Stojadinovic throws a body kick that is blocked and which causes him to fall as the round ends. Not a big round for Stojadinovic, but he won it since Moraes did so little. 10-9 Stojadinovic.

Round 2

Moraes misses a leg kick to begin the round. That's more activity than he showed in the first 90 seconds of Round 1! Moraes lands a front kick to the face. Stojadinovic pursues him, but Moraes times him well with a nice body kick. Stojadinovic decides to grapple after this, pushing Moraes against the fence. Moraes gets some space and disengages, although Stojadinovic lands a few hooks in the process. Moraes lands a couple of jabs and then a head kick that is barely blocked. Stojadinovic comes forward aggressively, but Moraes hip-tosses him, using his momentum against him. Stojadinovic instantly gets up, and they separate again to strike at range. Moraes digs a right hook to the body and the left hook upstairs barely misses. Stojadinovic throws a few hooks of his own, but they're largely blocked. A Stojadinovic head kick almost gets through however, as they're finally fighting more actively now. Stojadinovic throws an off-balance kick and Moraes counters him with a punch to the body, as Stojadinovic loses his footing. They come forward in the pocket and clash heads, as Moraes also gets the better of the punch exchange. Stojadinovic paws a jab, but gets nothing from it. Moraes lands another nice body kick. Stojadinovic tries one of his own, but Moraes catches him and gets Stojadinovic down. Once again, however, Stojadinovic immediately explodes back up. Moraes times his opponent and comes forward with a beautiful knee to the body that stumbles him back. An overhand left by Stojadinovic partially gets through. A Stojadinovic kick is neatly countered by a Moraes overhand right that stumbles him back. A Moraes head kick partially connects with Stojadinovic, who then decides to rush forward. He regrets it, as he eats a gorgeous overhand right that connects right to the center of the temple. Stojadinovic wobbles back and then his legs give out. Moraes jumps all over him and pounds him out with hammerfists and then punches. Great turn-around by Sheymon Moraes from the first round, and a fine, highlight reel knockout.

The Official Result

Sheymon Moraes def. Lazar Stojadinovic via TKO (Punches) at 4:45 of Round 2

Cezar Ferreira (205.2) vs. Marthin Hamlet (205.8)

Round 1

In a battle of musclebound light heavyweight grapplers, Marthin Hamlet (7-2) is a small favorite against former UFC contender Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira (14-9). The third man in the cage will be James Larry Folsom, Jr. Ferreira starts the fight with a solid body kick. However, after it lands, Ferreira pulls the leg back gingerly, screaming in pain, and holding on to the hamstring. Hamlet rushes forward, Ferreira falls down while retreating on the injured leg, and Hamlet swarms with punches until the referee stops it. A very bizarre and anti-climactic opening to the main card. One hopes that "Mutante" isn't too badly injured, as the doctors tend to him after the fight is over, with him still clutching his leg on the canvas.

The Official Result

Marthin Hamlet def. Cezar Ferreira via TKO (Leg Injury) at 0:13 of Round 1

Antonio Carlos Jr. (205.4) vs. Emiliano Sordi (206)

Round 1

BJJ legend Antonio Carlos Junior (11-5), whose striking has looked noticeably improved since he came to the PFL, faces PFL champion and star Emiliano Sordi (23-8-1), who has looked shaky this PFL season, including giving up a draw to Dan Spohn. The lines reflect this, favoring the Brazilian over the Argentinian. Keeping them honest will be referee Andrew Glenn. Junior fires a jab to begin the fight. Sordi responds with two of his own, but Junior evades well. They're both throwing jabs, and Sordi eventually lands a solid one to the body. Junior touches Sordi with a jab of his own. A short while later Junior lands a hard leg kick that stumbles Sordi. Junior is boxing well, and lands an interesting type of slapping right hand after a technical jab. Sordi pumps the jab and very nearly lands a cross at the end of his punches as Carlos Junior retreats. Junior comes forward with punches, misses, and throws a head kick which Sordi gets out of range of. Sordi comes forward now, and lands a nice right cross that gets Carlos Junior's attention. Junior answers with another hard leg kick. Sordi throws a neat jab into an overhand right that just barely misses. Junior comes forward aggressively with punches, misses, but gets the clinch against the fence. Sordi defends, however, and manages to turn Junior around. There is a brief halt to the occasion as Sordi lands a knee low and the Brazilian winces in pain. They resume and throw jabs simultaneously, with Sordi's landing better. Sordi comes forward again and lands a night right cross. He throws a 1-2 and the 2 connects again. Sordi is starting to take over in the striking now. He comes forward with another 1-2, but is a little overeager, and Junior counters with a right cross of his own, although his is less powerful. Sordi misses another 1-2, Junior goes for a takedown, bails, and lands a cross. Sordi doubles up a jab, and then touches Junior with a right cross. Carlos Junior lands a spinning back kick to the body as the round ends. Very close, but Sordi's big connects did more damage. 10-9 Sordi.

Round 2

Both men throw jabs to begin the round, but Sordi's is more successful. Sordi then lands a decent leg kick. Junior goes for one of his own, but Sordi pulls his leg out of range. Sordi touches Carlos Junior with a couple of jabs. Carlos Junior lands a nice leg kick. Junior goes for a couple of takedown attempts, but each one is easily blocked, and he eats an uppercut on one of them. Junior is now cut, with blood pouring down from his face. Sordi scores with a jab to the body. Sordi lands a leg kick, but it's naked and Carlos Junior lands a right cross. He soon lands another right cross, but these punches lack the sting of Sordi's own fists. Junior manages to duck a 1-2 by Sordi, and he lands a jab, while missing the follow-up overhand right. Sordi lands a nice little left hook to the body, although Junior barely dodges the follow-up right hand. Sordi's jab is working now, touching the Brazilian again. Carlos Junior grabs Sordi's leg, but Sordi wrenches it out soon, and Carlos Junior is once again stifled in his attempts to get it to the ground. Sordi scores with another leg kick. A big overhand right by Junior misses. Sordi partially gets a 1-2 through. Junior is tough though, and partially lands a right cross. He throws a jumping knee, misses, but then finally gets Sordi down. However, Sordi almost immediately gets up. The round ends. A very close one, but I think Carlos Junior just barely edged this one with his strikes at the end. 10-9 Carlos Junior.

Round 3

Both men hug to begin the final round. Carlos Junior pops the jab twice, and touches Sordi with each one. Sordi returns the favor, connecting with Junior's body. Sordi continues using the jab, but Carlos Junior evades it. Junior lands a leg kick. They then exchange jabs, with neither one's being clearly better. Sordi lands a leg kick of his own. Sordi lands a jab, and Junior isn't quite able to counter with a right hand. Carlos Junior comes forward and clinches, pushing Sordi against the fence. He wrenches hard and breaks Sordi's balance briefly, but Sordi gets up. Sordi blatantly grabs the cage, getting only a warning from the ref, although it may have kept him upright. Carlos Junior is undeterred, however, and eventually scores on an inside trip. Sordi builds up his base against the cage, but Junior gets a backpack position. Eventually, he bails on it, going for a double-leg in a clinch against the cage. Sordi sprawls well though, and eventually spins away, gaining separation! Both men are tired now, with 2 minutes to go. Sordi throws a few slower punches, and Carlos Junior is able to evade. Carlos Junior goes for another single-leg, but Sordi is ready and easily turns him around. Sordi lands a knee to the body and once again gets separation. Undeterred, Carlos Junior goes back to the same single-leg, and after grinding, he gets him down! Carlos Junior tries to take the back, but Sordi builds back up to his feet. Carlos Junior takes him down again. Yet again, Sordi uses the cage to get up. As the fight ends, Carlos Junior has a rear waistlock. A very close round yet again. Given how even the striking was, I do give Carlos Junior the smallest of edges for his takedowns, though he did little with them. 10-9 Carlos Junior (29-28 Carlos Junior)

The Official Result

Antonio Carlos Junior def. Emiliano Sordi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Chris Wade (145.6) vs. Bubba Jenkins (146)

Round 1

In the co-main event, two PFL mainstays collide, as Chris Wade (19-6) takes on Bubba Jenkins (16-4). Referee Gary Copeland gets this assignment. As the fight begins, Jenkins runs straight at Wade and throws a crazy flying knee which goes over the top without a clean connect. They soon grapple, with Wade desperately using a whizzer, but with Jenkins chain-wrestling, eventually getting Wade onto his butt. He eventually gets Wade firmly on the canvas. Wade, however, starts building up, and eventually wall-walks along the cage. Before long, however, Jenkins gets a single-leg and takes him back down. As Jenkins grapples, though, Wade gets a deep guillotine choke in! Jenkins, however, neatly spins out of it. As he gets out, it's Wade who decides to wrestle, pushing Jenkins against the cage and looking for alternately a single-leg or ankle pick. Jenkins is too experienced of a wrestler, and he puts his full weight on Wade's back. He pancakes him, landing a few punches to the body. He goes for a switch, but Wade just manages to get his leg out, although he is still in bad position. Wade manages to get his head up and Jenkins goes over the back of him. Jenkins looks for a possible inverted triangle, but he misses and Wade is on top. They continue wrestling, with Wade briefly taking the back before Jenkins bucks him off. These grappling exchanges are absolutely insane. As Jenkins pushes Wade against the cage, Wade gets a beautiful cradle takedown that gets Jenkins down. He lands some ground-and-pound from the top, with Jenkins' head trapped against the fence as he absorbs punches. He continues pounding away for the final 30 seconds, stealing the round. 10-9 Wade.

Round 2

Wade begins the round with a nice leg kick. Jenkins tries a jab and then a body kick, but neither connects. Wade throws a few kicks, including a spinning wheel-kick, but Jenkins dodges them. They exchange kicks, but all are blocked. Wade then partially lands a leg kick. A 1-2 by Jenkins misses. Jenkins throws a two-punch combination and immediately drops levels, looking for a takedown. Jenkins drops down to his knees, but his head is too low, and Wade is able to get a kimura grip and then sit up. They scramble and Wade has a front headlock. Chris Wade gets an angle and works a possible guillotine or anaconda attempt. Jenkins fights to get out, but Wade is close to rolling for an anaconda choke. Wade's left hand is already through and gripping his right bicep, but Jenkins is fighting the hands well. However, he eventually gives it up and Jenkins pushes forward. Wade, however, goes right back to the anaconda and has it in deep! Jenkins, however, beautifully spins out of it yet again. Wade follows him, and and continues to have dominant position. Jenkins tries to get out, but Wade has him in three quarters mount, occasionally threatening with a RNC. He lands a few small punches as the round ends. A tactically brilliant performance by Wade thus far. 10-9 Wade.

Round 3

Wade throws a leg kick to begin the round, but Jenkins blocks it. Bubba Jenkins throws some fast punches, including an overhand right that touches Wade, and uses it to clinch. This time, he is more successful, getting deep position and then working to taking the back. He is, however, very high. Wade shakes him off and ends up on top. Wade is in side control now, pushing Jenkins into the fence, with heavy shoulder pressure. Jenkins pushes with his feet against the cage to rotate, with Wade now in north-south position. Eventually, Jenkins bails on it and uses the cage to wall-walk back up, with Wade having a rear waistlock. Wade drops levels for a double-leg takedown. As in round 1, Jenkins collapses his weight on Wade's neck, and then spins around to a wrestling ride. Wade desperately hangs onto Jenkins' wrist. Jenkins has Wade's back, but yet again, he is far too high. Wade works to shake him off and eventually does so, taking Jenkins' back. He has him largely flattened. After a few short punches, Wade goes for a rear-naked choke. He gives up on it, but lands a few punches from the top. Jenkins gets against the cage to try to get up, but Wade is draped all over him, and controls the hips to keep him from rising. Wade works for a possible guillotine with roughly 25 seconds remaining. Wade poses to the crowd with 5 seconds left, having achieved a very nice upset. 10-9 Wade (30-27 Wade).

The Official Result

Chris Wade def. Bubba Jenkins via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Brendan Loughnane (145.8) vs. Movlid Khaybulaev (145.8)

Round 1

In the main event, Brendan Loughnane (21-3), who has been sensational since Dana White claimed he wasn't enough of a "killer" to get a UFC contract after defeating Bill Algeo on Dana White's Contender Series (ironically, Algeo is presently fighting in the UFC), faces an enormous challenge in undefeated Dagestani Movlid Khaybulaev (17-0-1), who, as you may have guessed, is a superlative grappler. Getting the final assignment of the night is referee Keith Peterson. Loughnane lands a leg kick, but Khaybulaev uses it to get a takedown. That took about 20 seconds! Khaybulaev goes body to head with his punches on the ground, but Loughnane is landing some solid punches off his back. Both exchange punches, with Khaybulaev landing both lefts and rights, while Loughnane is mostly throwing left hands off his back. Khaybulaev lands some solid punches to the body, which might deplete Loughnane's gas tank. As times goes by, Loughnane's offense from the bottom decreases, while Khaybulaev continues landing well with punhches, maintaining a nice rhythm with strikes to the body and then head. Halfway through the round, and Loughnane is concentrating solely on defense. Loughnane opens up his guard, but soon locks the full guard back up. With 90 seconds left, Khaybulaev lands a sharp left punch to the head, the best connect of the round. When Loughnane presses Khaybulaev close, the Dagestani takes advantage with a series of meaningful punches to the body. Loughnane appears to be trapped on the bottom, absorbing strikes, with Khaybulaev doing more than enough from the top to stay there. With 30 seconds left, Khaybulaev lands a sharp right handto the body. With just 5 seconds left, Loughnane manages to hip-escape and get back to his feet. It's not for long, as Khaybulaev slams him back down to the canvas to end the round. A very dominant opening. 10-9 Khaybulaev.

Round 2

Khaybulaev opens the round with an overhand right, but Loughnane isn't even close. Loughane lands a nice leg kick and gets out of the way of Khaybulaev's counter right hand. Loughnane fires a few jabs, but he is out of range, and Loughnane is wary of coming forward because of the possible takedown. Loughnane lands a cautious leg kick and this time, Khaybulaev doesn't take him down. Loughnane misses a jab, and Khaybulaev lands a nice one of his own. Loughnane tries another leg kick, but misses this one, as Khaybulaev moves well on the outside, showing nice stand-up defense. He then blocks a Loughnane jab. Khaybulaev misses a right hook. Another right hand by Khaybulaev misses and Loughnane partially connects with a jab. Khaybulaev shoots in for a takedown, wrenches a leg against the fence, and gets Loughnane to his knees against the fence. Loughnane works back up against the fence, but Khaybulaev has his arms clasped around his back. Khaybulaev lands a few knees to the thighs as he works to break the base. Loughnane eventually stands up, but Khaybulaev soon muscles him back to his knees against the canvas. He lands a few more knees to the thighs and then laces a leg inside of Loughnane's. Khaybulaev does a great job of farside wrist control, breaking Loughnane down, and causing him to solidly be on the canvas. With one of Loughnane's hands trapped, Khaybulaev is able to pound away with hard punches, all landing flush. Finally, with a few seconds left, Loughnane gets his hand out. But the damage is done, and it's another round for the undefeated Dagestani. 10-9 Khaybulaev.

Round 3

Loughnane throws a jab to begin the final stanza, and Khaybulaev blocks it. Loughnane lands a leg kick, but Khaybulaev counters with a technical 1-2. Khaybulaev blocks a Loughnane right cross. Khaybulaev blocks another Loughnane right hand. Loughnane tries another one, and yet again, the Dagestani blocks it. A Khaybulaev left hook touches Loughnane. Loughnane responds with a nice inside leg kick. Loughnane comes forward with a very sneaky right uppercut, and it appears to wobble Khaybulaev! However, Loughnane doesn't capitalize, allowing the Dagestani to recover. Loughnane finally gets back to work throwing a few jabs, but they're all solidly blocked. Loughnane touches Khaybulaev with a right cross, but winning the round isn't enough, he needs a finish. Loughnane partially gets a pretty 1-2 through, as Khaybulaev's face is badly bloodied up. Khaybulaev clinches with Loughnane and lands some dirty boxing. Loughnane retreats, but Khaybulaev hits him with another punch coming forward and starts wrestling. He quickly gets Loughnane down against the fence with just under 2 minutes remaining. Off his back, Loughnane lands a few open-handed slaps to Khaybulaev. Khaybulaev postures up, but Loughnane controls the wrists. Loughnane tries to wall-walk, but yet again, Khaybulaev utilizes expert wrist-control. Loughnane eventually rises, but Khaybulaev is draped all over his back, and with a leg laced through, brings him back to his knees. As the fight ends, Loughnane works to get back up, but doesn't manage to do so. I gave him the final round due to damage, but it wasn't enough. 10-9 Loughnane (29-28 Khaybulaev).

The Official Result

Movlid Khaybulaev def. Brendan Loughnane via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
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