Renan Ferreira upset former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Verdum in the PFL 3 headliner with a wave of earth. Ferreira also knocked twice to a triangle that Werdum hit seconds earlier.
In the end, Ferreira’s 2:32 knockout victory in the opening round was the official result that brought him six points from the regular season in the headliner on Thursday night at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Referee Keith Peterson was unable to see Ferreira’s hand touch Verdum’s back very clearly, and then smaller, before a series of hammers removed Verdum from consciousness.
The former UFC champion then said he let go of his throttle because he felt his opponent was obeying.
The fight began with a bang as both heavy launchers launched flying side kicks. But it was Verdum who climbed to the top, and he was about to advance before Ferreira, who had a 6-8-inch advantage at 6-8, turned him around. Verdum immediately locked himself in the triangle.
But as it turned out, that was not enough. See the disputed sequence and finish below:
Harrison dominates Morais
Season 2 champion Kayla Harrison barely sweated in her first appearance in Season 3, knocking down and hitting Mariana Morais in less than 90 seconds.
The official stopping time was 1:23 when referee Gary Copeland intervened to stop the wave of earth and pounds that followed the removal and installation by Harrison, who took six points in the regular season race.
Morais, a longtime heavyweight driver, tried to throw a hip at Olympic gold medalist in judoka Harrison, who resisted, reversing the direction and putting it on the sail. Until Harrison won the final fast enough to usurp her two-time victim, Larissa Pachecho, who won the final in just 51 seconds, she established herself as the winner of the second 155-pound women’s PFL tournament.
Sales upsets Usman
In his first fight in more than three years, Brandon Sales caused a huge uproar by strangling the unconscious Mohamed Usman, the younger brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Sales, an army combat instructor, released Usman twice in the second round before securing a choke from behind that forced referee intervention at 3:42 a.m. in the second round.
The ending was written in part from the beginning, when Siles landed a powerful left hook several times. Fortunately, Siles also brought a good chin to the battle, which showed when Usman bowed his head and fired a heavy shot. Unable to take the battle to the mat, Usman contented himself with throwing bombs. In response, Siles attacked his legs to make him less explosive.
The battle could have been stopped when a clearly stunned Usman, who struck the sail from the right hook, touched Sales’s legs. When that didn’t happen, Sales locked the guillotine and tried to pick up the crane. Usman escaped, but was sent back to the canvas by another short right hand. Siles climbed from behind and got the final for the second round and five points.
Pachecho lyre Paich
Larissa Pacheco made a statement in her first appearance in Season 3, releasing Julia Payic with a left hook before finishing just 51 seconds in the first round.
Pacheco advanced to get on and hit before the referee intervened. With the victory, she collected six points from the regular season and the fastest finish in the women’s lightweight category, according to the promotion.
Full results of PFL 3:
Renan Ferreira defeated Fabricio Werdum by KO (hits) – 1st round, 2:32
Kayla Harrison defeated Mariana Morais through TKO (strikes) – 1 round, 1:23
Brandon Sayles defeats Mohamed Usman by passing (suffocated from behind) – Round 2, 3:42
Larisa Pacheko defeated Julija Pajic through TKO (hits) – 1st round, 0:51
Bruno Cappelozza defeated Ante Delia through KO – 1 round, 0:46
Kaitlin Young defeated Cindy Dandoas by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Genah Fabian defeated Laura Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Denis Goltsov defeated Muhammed Dereese through TKO (strikes) – 1st round, 4:21
Taylor Guardado defeats Helena Kolesnik by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Magomed Umalatov defeated Kyron Bowen through TKO (strikes) – 2nd round, 0:07