It took Palmer quite a few trips to Tuerxun’s back to get the rear-naked choke. But at the 4:34 mark of the third round, he managed to get the tap and secure the No. 2 seed in the post-season tournament.
PFL 4 took place Thursday at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island. The main card aired live NBCSN following prelims on Facebook.
Palmer, who earned nine points for his post-season spot, tried a guillotine choke after his initial submission attempt failed. When that didn’t work, he settled nicely into top position, pounding Tuerxun with punches from top position.
An early takedown in the second led to another attempt at a standing rear-naked choke. Tuerxun survived, only to get mounted. Palmer spent the rest of the frame loosing left hands on his opponent’s head.
Palmer spent about as time futzing with his hair as he did trying for takedowns and dodging those from Tuerxun. But when they finally hit the canvas, he got to the back and got the win.
Palmer (14-3), a former WSOF featherweight champ, is now up two fights in the PFL, while Tuerxun (20-7-1) remains winless in the PFL and has lost his past three bouts.
Andre Harrison cruises for 18th win, playoff spot
Most of the time, Malegarie wound up staring at his opponent, or worse, trapped in a front headlock. More than a few times, he caught hard right hands that rang his bell.
Harrison didn’t particularly steamroll Malegarie over three rounds, but he left no doubt that he was the better fighter, with unanimous scores of 30-27 and a spot in the PFL’s Season 1 playoffs.
Harrison did his best work in transition from takedown to striking. When he couldn’t get Malegarie to the canvas, he pulled back and let go flurries of punches that caught his opponent. His right hand rocked Malegarie late in the second.
When Malegarie tried one last time to get the fight south in the third, Harrison kneed him in the head. Then, Harrison held on as his opponent made one last push.
Harrison’s (18-0) unbeaten streak now stands at 18 fights, while Malegarie (29-4) sees a six-fight streak and a successful PFL debut spoiled.
Francimar Barroso quickly taps Jack May
After a few bolos, Barroso caught a kick and swept May’s other to put the fight on the mat, where his jiu-jitsu skills quickly took over.
As May pawed with his fists from the bottom, Barroso locked in an arm triangle from half-guard and then hopped over to finish the choke. It was all over at the 1:36 mark of the opening frame.
Barroso (21-7) now goes up 2-0 in the PFL’s first season and leads the board with 12 points, while May (10-4) drops to 1-1 in the promotion.
Controversial submission stoppage gives Steven Siler quick win
Miragliotta pulled Siler off Almeida just 34 seconds into their fight, calling Siler the victor via submission. The only problem was, Almeida never tapped, and he instantly popped up in protest.
Even Siler appeared to disagree with the result despite his new season tally of 12 points to Almeida’s six. It was his quick counter that put Almeida down. But as Miragliotta intervened, he smiled ruefully and mouthed, “He’s not out.”
Almeida (19-8) drops to 1-1 in the promotion, while Siler (31-17) now stands at 2-1 and clinches the top seed heading into the featherweight playoffs.
Philipe Lins strikes when Alex Nicholson loses patience
Nicholson stalked Lins around the cage for the better part of two rounds, trying in vain to initiate a brawl he was sure he’d win. Lins’ quick hands and footwork kept him out of danger, though, and Nicholson’s frustration grew.
Tired of waiting for a slugfest, Nicholson charged into one in the middle frame, launching the flying knee that netted a vicious knockout in his season opener. When the technique failed, he chased down Lins and unloaded his fists. But soon, he was the one reeling across the cage.
A sharp one-two caught Nicholson flush on the chin, and a follow up sent him to the canvas at the 3:39 mark of the second round. Furious over the stoppage, Nicholson (12-6) raged around the cage before being calmed down. A jubiliant Lins (11-3), who earned eight points with the win, tried to console his opponent, who now has five points to his name.
Full PFL 4 results include:
- Lance Palmer def. Jumabieke Tuerxun via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:34
- Andre Harrison def. Nazareno Malegarie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Francimar Barroso def. Jack May via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:36
- Steven Siler def. Alexandre Almeida via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:35
- Philipe Lins def. Alex Nicholson via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:39
- Kelvin Tiller def. Jared Rosholt via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 0:54
- Timur Valiev def. Bekbulat Magomedov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Max Coga def. Marcos Galvao via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:19
- Josh Copeland def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Valdrin Istrefi def. Daniel Gallemore via TKO (referee stoppage) – Round 2, 1:42
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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