The first Professional Fighters’ League card of the second season takes place Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
Before we begin, there are a couple of notes to impart: Louis Taylor, who had been slated to compete this season in the PFL as a welterweight, announced last week on his Instagram that he has withdrawn from competition.
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PSA: Thank You So Much @pflmma @sugarraysefo for giving me the chance to compete 2018 & 2019 unfortunately Life throws curve balls and I will not be competing this season. I’ve searched my entire career for a home in MMA so I’ll be watching as a fan Next Thursday May 9th. PFL on ESPN is Going to be Amazing!
Although no official explanation was given by Taylor, reports from ESPN indicated that the New York State Athletic Commission would not medically authorize Taylor to fight in the division.
Secondly, due to the PFL’s season format, we will now abstain
from referring to fights in the PFL as prelims.
The Professional Fighters League has returned for its 2019 season. Its first card of 2019 takes place on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY (as will the forthcoming PFL 2 and PFL 3 cards.)
PFL 1 will feature contests in both the Welterweight and Women’s Lightweight divisions. The first five fights will be streamed on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT on ESPN+, with the last five fights airing on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT.
Highlighting the card is a Women’s Lightweight bout matching 3-0 Kayla Harrison with 11-2 Larissa Pacheco. Note: All regular season fights in the PFL are a maximum three rounds in length.
Heading into this main event, Kayla Harrison is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-8, one inch taller than Larissa Pacheco’s 5-foot-7 frame.
Harrison competed in three PFL showcase fights last year during the promotion’s inaugural season, winning all of them. None of those fights went beyond the opening round. Most recently, she defeated Moriel Charneski by first-round knockout during the PFL Championship card
on New Year’s Eve at Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In the other corner, Pacheco has gone 3-2 in her last five professional MMA appearances. Most recently, she submitted Karoline Rosa (guillotine choke) in WOCS 49 on Mar. 24, 2018.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Larissa Pacheco holds a 3.5-inch reach advantage (69 inches to 65.5 inches) heading into this fight.
Prediction: Kayla Harrison by first-round TKO.
Four other fights make up the televised portion of this card:
Magomed Magomedkerimov (23-5) vs. John Howard (27-14-1) [Welterweight, co-main event]
Ray Cooper III (17-6) vs. Zane Kamaka (13-3) [Welterweight]
Sarah Kaufman (20-4) vs. Morgan Frier (4-1) [Women’s Lightweight]
Sadibou Sy (7-4-1) vs. David Michaud (15-4) [Welterweight]
PFL 1 at a Glance
ESPN+ fights: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT, ESPN+
ESPN2 fights: Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT, ESPN2
Post-show: Thursday after the main event, ESPN+
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