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)
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Source: MMA Junkie