PFL Announces Women’s Lightweight Tournament Matchups

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) has announced the initial fights for their highly anticipated women’s lightweight tournament.

Not surprisingly, the tournament’s two favorites, PFL/World Series of Fighting veteran and Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison and former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Sarah Kaufman, are not fighting each other in the first round.

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Kaufman’s opponent is Morgan Frier (4-1). The California native has won all of her four fights in the first round, three by KO/TKO and one by rear-naked choke. She has fought all of her MMA matches for the Gladiator Challenge promotion.

 

 

 

Svetlana Khautova

Harrison is fighting Svetlana Khautova (2-0). The Russian fighter has not fought since 2017, and fought both matches for Fight Nights Global in her home country.

Perhaps the most interest matchup of the first round is a fight between two hard-hitters in Genah Fabian and Bobbi Jo Dalziel.

See the source imageFabian (1-0) has only fought once in MMA, but is best known as a lethal Muay Thai striker. She won the WMC (World Muaythai Council) title by knocking out Invicta FC veteran Charmaine Tweet. She is from New Zealand, but currently lives in San Francisco.

The Canadian Dalziel (4-0) is 6’0”, and makes the most of her usual height advantage by stopping her opponents. Her four wins came over notable veterans Brittney Elkin, Jozette “Headbusta” Cotton, Andria Wawro, and Tamikka Brents.

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Larissa PachecoThe remaining tournament fight is between Larissa Pacheco and Roberta Samad. Pacheco (11-2) is a UFC veteran who suffered losses in the Octagon to Germaine de Randamie and Jessica Andrade. She also loss to Macy Chiasson during the Ultimate Fighter Season 28. but holds a notable win against durable UFC and Invicta fighter Irene Aldana.

Samad (4-1) is a BJJ black belt and is returning to competition after having a child. Her one professional MMA loss came against current Bellator Featherweight Champion Julia Budd. All of her four wins came by stoppage.

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How do you see the first round going? Who will make it into the next round of the tournament?

Terence
Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.

15 comments

  1. Looking far more forward to these match-ups than I initially thought I would. Does anyone have a link for Dalziel’s last fight with Elkin? I heard she broke Elkin’s arm in the first round. but haven’t been able to find a video or even a gif of it.

      1. In case you see this, Tim. Any luck in tracking down a copy of the Bobbi-Jo/Elkin fight? jryuenhi@gmail.com The site’s “Notify me of follow-up comments by email.” doesn’t work for me. Thanks , JR

  2. Not sure if Kaufman is really one of the favorites here. Is she big enough for this division? I would keep an eye on Dalziel instead. She hits like a truck. She broke the arms of two of her opponents with her kicks. Her vs Harrison would be an interesting fight.

    1. OUCH !! That would get really interesting if later in her career , she can make 145 and make some noise in UFC or Bellator.

      1. Do you mean Dalziel? I don’t think she can, she is quite big. Plus, she is not that young. It would be better if UFC or Bellator would create a 155 women’s division. Heavier fighters would mean more KO power, and thus more spectacular fights. If women can fight at those weights in boxing, I don’t see why they wouldn’t do that in MMA.

        1. Oh, I’ve never seen her fight or in TV interviews, etc. Didn’t realize she was truly that big ! Definitely attractive.

          1. oh, never mind ! I’m realizing now that the picture above that I thought was Dalziel is Fabian, the one she’s fighting ! ha ha ha !

        2. Some organization such as PFL should make 146+ an open weight or HW division. They may actually then be able to dig up enough fighters to make it interesting.

    2. Elkins isn’t that good, but Bobbi-Jo finished her a lot faster than Kayla did. Didn’t realize that Bobbi-Jo broke 2 of her opponents’ arms. Nasty.

  3. In the Elkins fight dalziel easily picked her apart and finished the fight with big knees and punches and didnt have a scratch on her

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