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