PFLMMA 1 June 7 2018 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, was an action packed fight card.
Fighters from all over the world showed up, to showcase their talent, and have a shot at taking home one million dollars, New Years Eve.
There wasn’t one great fight on th card, there was many great fights to be seen. Each ending in spectacular fashion, submissions, KOs, TKOs, first round finishes, and some of the best coming down to a decision.
The stars came out and so did they fans to see New Yorks own Andre “The Bull” Harrison, fight for his spot as one of the six MMA fighters to compete New Years Eve for a cool million each.
Andre Harrison undefeated MMA fighter faced off in the nights co main event against Juma Tuexran.
A three, five minute round battle, that Andre had that edge over Juma Tuerxun, the entire fight. Virtually dominating all three rounds, starting with a leg kick that swept Tuexran off his feet, Andre chipped away at Juma for 15 minutes. There was some back and forth moments, Tuexran couldn’t capitalize on any as Andre pushed forward with head kicks, takedowns, and a systematic striking display.
It all came down to judges decision that saw the fight in favor, and deservedly so, for Andre Harrison, a unanimous decision. The entire theater was on their feet as, Harrison retained his undefeated record in front of, family, teammates and friends, which emanated in his energetic, emotional post fight interview in the cage with Bas Rutten.
Lance Palmer vs Bekbulat Magamedov was an exciting precursor to the main event in a three, five minute round featherweight bout.
The first round was a battle for both fighters, both Palmer and Magamedov had success on their feet, and on the ground. That energy did not transfer into the second round, Palmer had dominated on his feet, and got Magamedov to the ground where he worked his grappling, and took Magamedovs back to finish him with a Rear Naked Choke.
Another stand out bout on the main card was, Jake Heun vs Alex Nicholson. The first round was very competitive for Heun and Nicholson. Heun started off the first with a leg kick followed by a few jabs, and Nicholson answered with his own striking, cutting Heuns eye. The minutes went on, Heun found success countering Nicholson to end the round.
As the bell sounded for the second round, Heun threw some leg kicks as they circled each other, and just like that the fight was over with Nicholson launching a flying knee that sent Heun to the mat. Arguably one of the most exciting fights of the evening.
The fights weren’t the only treat PFL had for everyone in attendance. A star studded organization, with Bas Rutten, Yves Edwards, Todd Harris, Caroline Pearce, and Randy Couture head their broadcasting team for the 2018 season. Also on hand for Professional Fighters League, inaugural fight card, was Eddie Truck Gordon, Jake Sheilds, Chris Wade, and th first female signed to PFL, Kayla Harrison. In an interview with the press, Kayla noted being given two different contracts, one to fight for the new promotion, and one to be a broadcasting tam member. A unique opportunity, from a unique fight organization, giving us a look into what is to come, for what could be the new upcoming top promotion for mixed martial arts.
With a regular season, playoffs, and a 10 million dollar championship, Professional Fighters League is “MMA Reimagined”.