'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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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.”

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

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, July 26: Is Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones the rightful No. 1?

The light heavyweight division has proven an interesting case study in recent times.

The 205-pound weight class is the only division in the entire USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings where the reigning UFC champion doesn’t sit at No. 1 in the world.

After all, Jon Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) is essentially undefeated for his career, his lone loss coming via questionable disqualification. And while he doesn’t hold the UFC title, he never lost it in the cage – hence why he has retained his spot in our list.

Meanwhile, current UFC champ Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) sits at No. 2. His lone career loss, of course, came in a head-to-head battle with Jones at UFC 182 in January 2015.

The pair meet again this Saturday in the main event of UFC 214, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

At the end, we should have a clear idea of who’s the world’s No. 1 light heavyweight. Or have we had it right all along?

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Jake Shields training in NYC for upcoming PFL fight, focused on winning $1 million tourney

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Two-time World Series of Fighting title challenger Jake Shields gets back to work next week under a new promotional banner, with a new promotional goal: $1 million dollars.

That’s going to be up for grabs next year, according to the PFL, when a 12-man tournament commences at welterweight.

“I’ve got to see how everything’s structured, but that’s probably the plan,” Shields, who on July 29 faces Danny Davis, Jr. at PFL: Everett, told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’ve got to win that million dollars to keep paying that rent.”

PFL: Everett takes place at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. The event’s main card airs live on NBSCN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Shields (31-9-1), who lost bids for the WSOF belt against Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch, recently relocated from his longtime home in San Francisco to New York City. He now trains at Renzo Gracie Academy, where he’s taken up with jiu-jitsu coach John Danaher, who famously strategized ex-UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre’s mat assault.

“He’s been a phenomenal coach – the guy’s a genius in jiu-jitsu,” Shields said of Danaher. “His style is all about submission. I’ve always been an OK submission guy but really good at controlling with jiu-jitsu. I’m looking to take my game to a different level and get those finishes.”

Those would undoubtedly give Shields a high seed in the tournament, which will crown a winner by December 2018. But first, he needs to beat Davis, Jr., who poses his own set of challenges as an opponent.

The danger, at least the way Shields sees it, is that he’s supposed to win. Davis, Jr. (13-11-1) is an unflattering 3-3 in the WSOF cage.

“He’s a guy I don’t really know anything about,” Shields said. “I’m sure I’m the big favorite. I think I’ve beaten five UFC or PRIDE champs. When you have a record like that, and you fight somebody you’ve never heard of, makes it a little tough to get psyched up for. But my mindset is to take it serious, because you don’t want to lose to the guy you’re supposed to beat.”

After all, Shields doesn’t want to miss out on the biggest potential payday of his career.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Michael Chandler, Miles Hunsinger, Jo Nattawut

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Michael Chandler, Miles Hunsinger, Jo Nattawut.

Former Bellator lightweight champion Chandler calls in to give an update on the leg injury he sustained at Bellator NYC. Hunsinger competes against Andy Nigretto on July 29 at “PFL: Everett.” Nattawut defends his Lion Fight super welterweight title on July 28 vs. Petchtanong Banchamek at Lion Fight 37.

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.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, July 19: Welcome to the list, Cynthia Calvillo

Don’t look now, but UFC women’s strawweight contender Cynthia Calvillo is having herself one heck of a year.

The Team Alpha Male product hasn’t even been competing professionally for one full year, yet she’s already picked up six victories in six appearances, including three under the UFC banner.

This past weekend, Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) picked up a hard-fought decision win over Joanne Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 113 and was rewarded the No. 12 spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings.

A few other new names cracked into the honorable mentions, as well. Check out all of the rankings above.

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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.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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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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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2485 with Tony Ferguson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Silva

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Tony Ferguson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Silva and Mike Bohn.

Ferguson, a UFC lightweight title contender, discussed his preferred scenarios for his next fight. Trigg and Bohn co-hosted the episode and helped the hosts cover the latest MMA news. Silva talked about WSOF alum Justin Gaethje and his debut at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Tony Ferguson, Carlos Silva, Frank Trigg, Mike Bohn

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Tony Ferguson, Carlos Silva, Frank Trigg and Mike Bohn.

Ferguson looks to fight for the UFC lightweight title vs. Conor McGregor – or perhaps for an interim title against another top contender. Silva is CEO of PFL (formerly WSOF). Retired MMA fighter/former MMAjunkie Radio host Trigg and MMAjunkie reporter Bohn are our in-studio guest hosts.

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.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
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