'PFL: Everett' results: Andre Harrison tops Steven Rodriguez in night of decisions

On a fight card full of decisions, Andre Harrison topped featherweight Steven Rodriguez at tonight’s “PFL: Everett” event.

Harrison (17-0) continued his six-year undefeated career with a unanimous-decision victory over Rodriguez (10-3) via 49-46 scores across the board.

“PFL: Everett” took place at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash., and the main card aired on NBCSN.

Harrison, who lost only the fourth round, was his own harshest critic after the wrestling-heavy victory, which marked his 12th decision in 17 career wins.

“I am not happy with that performance,” said Harrison, a 29-year-old New Yorker who defeated Lance Palmer for the WSOF title in his previous bout. “I know I’m still 17-0, but like I always say, I don’t look at the record – I look at the performance – and that was not up to my standards.

“He wasn’t really fast, didn’t really hit hard, and he was nowhere near the opponent Lance was when I fought him. He’s the kind of guy I have to get out of there, and I didn’t do it.”

Vets Okami, Shields also victorious

In the co-headliner, veteran Yushin Okami (34-10) finished strong to pick up a no-doubt unanimous-decision victory over welterweight Andre Luis Leal Lobato (24-7). Okami easily scored takedowns and simply overpowered the underdog once on the mat during the three-round affair.

Okami, a former UFC middleweight title challenger, has now won four straight since dropping down to welterweight.

In welterweight action, former WSOF title challenger and ex-Strikeforce champion Jake Shields(32-9-1) dominated Danny Davis Jr. (13-12-1) for a clear-cut unanimous-decision victory. With a stifling ground game and an endless string of submission attempts, the big-show vet took the victory via lopsided 30-24, 30-24 and 30-25 scores.

In the main-card opener, middleweight Bruno Santos (16-2) used a heavy top game to wear down Rex Harris (10-3) and pick up a unanimous-decision victory. The Brazilian controlled the former collegiate wrestler and picked up the win via 30-27 scores across the board.

Official “PFL: Everett” results included:

MAIN CARD

  • Andre Harrison def. Steven Rodriguez via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
  • Yushin Okami def. Andre Luis Leal Lobato via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jake Shields def. Danny Davis Jr. via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-24, 30-25)
  • Bruno Santos def. Rex Harris via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD

For more on “PFL: Everett,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Video: Watch today's PFL: Everett weigh-ins at 8 p.m. ET

PFL: Everett weigh-ins take place today at 8 p.m. ET, and you can watch them streamed live on MMAjunkie.

The event’s main card, which takes place in Everett, Wash., on Saturday, will air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, Andre Harrison (16-0) takes on Steven Rodriguez (10-2) in a featherweight bout.

But the rest of the main card has some solid star power. Yushin Okami (33-10) takes on Andre Lobato (24-6) at middleweight; Jake Shields (31-9-1) meets Danny Davis Jr. (12-11-1) in a welterweight bout; and Shamil Gamzatov (9-0) fights Rex Harris (10-2) at middleweight.

Check back later today to see the weigh-ins.

The full PFL: Everett lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Andre Harrison vs. Steven Rodriguez
  • Andre Lobato vs. Yushin Okami
  • Danny Davis Jr. vs. Jake Shields
  • Shamil Gamzatov vs. Rex Harris

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6 p.m. ET)

For more on “PFL: Everett,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2488 with Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell.

Shields and Harrison compete on July 29 at “PFL: Everett” vs. Danny Davis Jr. and Steven Rodriguez, respectively. Bell is coming off a win at Bellator 181 this past Friday, defeating Brittney Elkin via TKO.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Kurt Holobaugh, Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Kurt Holobaugh, Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell.

Holobaugh defeated Matt Bessette on July 11 at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1.” Shields fights Danny Davis Jr. and Harrison meets Steven Rodriguez on July 29 at “PFL: Everett.” Bell defeated Brittney Elkin on Friday at Bellator 181.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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12-fight lineup set for PFL: Everett, including returns of Yushin Okami and Jake Shields

The lineup is set for the PFL’s second event later this month, and a full dozen fights are on tap for Washington.

PFL: Everett takes place in Everett, Wash., on July 29 with a main card on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the previously reported main event, Andre Harrison (16-0) takes on Steven Rodriguez (10-2) in a featherweight bout.

But the rest of the main card has some solid star power. Yushin Okami (33-10) takes on Andre Lobato (24-6) at middleweight; Jake Shields (31-9-1) meets Danny Davis Jr. (12-11-1) in a welterweight bout; and Shamil Gamzatov (9-0) fights Rex Harris (10-2) at middleweight.

The eight-fight preliminary card features notable names, as well. Josh Copeland (14-4) takes on Mike Kyle (22-14-1) in the featured bout at heavyweight, and Jared Rosholt (14-4) meets Nick Rossborough (26-19-1) in another heavyweight bout. And recent WSOF lightweight title challenger Luiz Firmino (19-8) meets Eddy Ellis (21-16-1).

“We are excited to be back in Everett,” PFL President of Event Productions and Business Operations Carlos Silva stated. “I can’t wait to introduce the Professional Fighters League to all the MMA fans in the Pacific Northwest as we continue to build toward the game-changing 2018 launch of our $10 million league format.”

The newly launched Professional Fighters League, the rebranded promotion formerly known as WSOF, will have an official debut season in 2018. The PFL’s tournament structure will be based around seven traditional weight classes, from bantamweight up to heavyweight. There will be 12 fighters per weight class. Between January and August, each fighter will get three fights in the regular season. Fighters will earn points for wins and losses, bonus points for finishes, and additional points the earlier they finish.

There will be 18 total events making up the regular season from January to August, all in North America, and the winners of a tournament in each weight class will receive $1 million.

Harrison won the WSOF featherweight title in March with a unanimous decision victory over Lance Palmer. The victory kept Harrison unbeaten at 16-0. The former Titan FC featherweight champ won both his fights for WSOF and went 7-0 for Titan FC. Prior to that, he was a perfect 7-0 for Ring of Combat and that promotion’s 145-pound champion.

Rodriguez, from Costa Rica, has won nine straight fights. Seven of his wins in that stretch have come by stoppage, including six submissions. One of the two decisions in his current run came by split call to Alexandre Almeida at WSOF 35 in March.

MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Andre Harrison vs. Steven Rodriguez
  • Andre Lobato vs. Yushin Okami
  • Danny Davis Jr. vs. Jake Shields
  • Shamil Gamzatov vs. Rex Harris

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6 p.m. ET)

For more on “PFL: Everett,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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WSOF featherweight champ Andre Harrison meets Steven Rodriguez in 'PFL: Everett' main event

The newly announced Professional Fighters League will get off the ground Saturday in Florida and has three other cards planned for later this year before going full-bore into events in 2018 with its debut season.

Next month’s PFL card in Everett, Wash., now has a headliner. Andre Harrison (16-0), who will go down as the final WSOF featherweight champion, will take on Steven Rodriguez (10-2) in the main event, MMAjunkie has confirmed with a promotion official.

“PFL: Everett” will take place July 29 and is expected to air on NBCSN. PFL officials will use the fights in the four events in 2017 to determine rankings for the 2018 season, which will start in January. The tournament-style promotion, formed from WSOF, expects to award each of its winners a $1 million prize.

Harrison won the featherweight title in March with a unanimous decision victory over Lance Palmer. The victory kept Harrison unbeaten at 16-0. The former Titan FC featherweight champ won both his fights for WSOF and went 7-0 for Titan FC. Prior to that, he was a perfect 7-0 for Ring of Combat and that promotion’s 145-pound champion.

Rodriguez, from Costa Rica, has won nine straight fights. Seven of his wins in that stretch have come by stoppage, including six submissions. One of the two decisions in his current run came by split call to Alexandre Almeida at WSOF 35 in March.

For more on “PFL: Everett,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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