The PFL will crown their Season 10 champions in six weight classes on Friday night inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. This finale will give the winning fighters a $1 million cash prize.
Undefeated two-time champion Kayla Harrison, currently ranked No. 8 in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings, will go for a third season championship in the main event, facing Larissa Pacheco, who scored first-round knockouts in all three of her 2022 bouts.
Follow along all through the night as ESPN’s Jeff Wagenheim recaps all of the action.
Fight in progress:
Men’s lightweight: Natan Schulte vs. Jeremy Stephens
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Catchweight (175 pounds): Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision
The fighters hugged at the center of the cage at the start, which was about as close as they got for three rounds. Tibau’s takedown defense kept Magomedkerimov off of him, but the Brazilian offered little offense in losing all three rounds on all three scorecards.
Magomedkerimov, the 2018 PFL welterweight champion, stalked his opponent for nearly all of the 15 minutes and landed with frequency, but while he marked up Tibau’s face, he never had him in serious trouble.
In addition to being a past champion, Magomedkerimov also made it to last year’s final. But the 32-year-old from Dagestan has seen his PFL run stalled by chronic visa issues. This season he competed only once, scoring a second-round knockout of Dilano Taylor, who went on to make the playoff finals.
Tibau, who is 39 and from Brazil, has lost two in a row.
Women’s flyweight: Dakota Ditcheva vs. Katherine Corogenes by first-round KO
Ditcheva scored her second first-round knockout in the PFL and showed off a more well-rounded arsenal of skills.
She came in looking to strike, while Corogenes closed the distance, hoping to take the fight to the canvas. But Ditcheva, a 24-year-old from England, held her own in clinches while landing knees to the body. And when she had some space, Ditcheva landed a flurry of punches, punctuated by a right hand that gave her the knockout at 4:20.
“I woke up this morning,” Ditcheva said, “and I choose violence every single day.”
Corogenes, who has the typical MMA background of Ivy League Ph.D., is a 33-year-old from Philadelphia. She falls to 3-1.
Men’s lightweight (amateur): Biaggio Ali Walsh def. Tom Graesser by first-round KO
Ali Walsh, the grandson of “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali, kicked off the evening in a pretty great way, blasting Graesser with straight punch after straight punch, bloodying him and then dropping him for the finish just 45 seconds in.
Ali Walsh was busy from the get-go, throwing 25 punches and kicks in the short fight and landing 20. He looked sharp for an amateur who is now 2-1.
Along with his overmatched opponent, Ali Walsh had to deal with the pressure of being the grandson of a legend. “The pressure, it’s going to be there,” he said. “But I talk to myself a lot, I meditate, I visualize. There’s certain things I do to deal with that pressure. It’s always going to be there, and I think I handled it pretty well.”
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