On Thursday, June 21, the Professional Fighters League continued its 2018 regular season from the Windy City, touching down at the Chicago Theater.
In the night’s main card action, UFC and Bellator veteran Will Brooks looked for redemption and the $1 million dollar prize in the PFL lightweight tournament when he took on experienced World Series of Fighting main stay Luiz “Buscape” Firmino. Brooks was riding a three-fight losing streak following his release from the UFC. Firmino returned to the win column with a first-round knockout against Eddy Ellis at PFL: Everett.
Also, two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, Kayla Harrison, made her anticipated debut against Bellator veteran Brittney Elkin.
The preliminary card aired live at 6 p.m. ET on Facebook. The main card continued on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET.
Sean O’Connell def. Ronny Markes by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 0:41
Efrain Escudero def. Jason High by submission (guillotine). Round 3, 0:35
Kayla Harrison def. Brittney Elkin by submission (armbar). Round 1, 3:18
Brian Foster def. Ramsey Nijem by TKO (knee and strikes). Round 3, 0:23
Will Brooks def. Luiz Firmino by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dan Spohn def. Bazigit Atayev by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:31
Natan Schulte def. Chris Wade by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Robert Watley def. Thiago Tavaes by TKO (accidental low blow). Round 2, 0:35
Maxim Grishin def. Jason Butcher by TKO (injury). Round 1, 1:40
Rakim Cleveland def. Rashid Yusupov by TKO (jaw injury). Round 3, 0:01
Vinny Magalhães def. Jamie Abdallah by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:37
Islam Mamedov def. Yuki Kawana by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Brandon Halsey def. Smealinho Rama by TKO (cut). Round 2, 5:00