'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

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Bruno Santos hopes big win at 'PFL: Everett' has him highly ranked for next year's tourney

After more than two years on the sidelines following an up-and-down four fight run in Bellator and the UFC, Bruno Santos returned this past December to success in a new promotional home.

Santos took a split decision from Vagab Vagabov at WSOF 34 to get his first win since July 2014. Tonight, Santos (15-2) goes after two in a row when he meets Rex Harris (10-2) in a middleweight bout at “PFL: Everett,” the second event for the newly formed Professional Fighters League.

“PFL: Everett” takes place tonight at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

For Santos, the opportunity is a big one. Next year, the promotion will hand out $1 million prizes to tournament winners in each of seven weight classes. And Santos, a Brazilian who has been training at MMA Master in South Florida, believes he’s got as good a shot as anyone to take that big prize.

“Usually, a fighter goes into a fight to earn money to pay to train for the next fight,” Santos told MMAjunkie. “Now it’s different. And the tournament prize next year is an even greater incentive – $1 million can change anyone’s life completely. It makes us feel much more valued as an athlete. A fighter’s life is difficult and uncomfortable. The money gives me extra incentive.

“Since I joined the old WSOF, I joined with the intent to be the champion. I knew it was one of the top promotions, and I was looking to get the belt. Now their format has changed for the better. I’m very happy with all the changes and where I find myself now.”

The fight against Harris is one that came about after Harris’ original opponent got injured. Instead of fighting Louis Taylor on the preliminary card, Santos moved up to the main card to fight Harris, who lost Shamil Gamzatov as an opponent.

Making the switch on short notice wasn’t ideal, Santos said. But then again, maybe it will work out to his advantage.

“I’m always ready for any situation,” he said. “Of course, we like to study our opponents to know where to put focus. I’m mainly happy because I can’t wait to fight. He’s strong and closer to my age, so that motivates me even more, despite the change.”

Within the PFL, Santos believes a win will have him ranked right at the top of the middleweight division when it comes time for the promotion brass to seed the eight-fighter tournament that will take place in 2018. If he gets through the tournament to the final, he’ll be fighting in December 2018 for a PFL title – and that million-dollar life-changing prize.

“If all goes well, I expect to be first- or second-ranked in my weight class for next year’s tournament,” Santos said. “I plan to bring the PFL belt back to Brazil. I hope to show my work in a five-round fight. But the important thing right now is the opponent in front of me.”

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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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Source: MMA Junkie