Watching PFL For The First Time

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With no MMA on this weekend, I wondered how I would get my MMA fix. Enter the Professional Fighters League World Championship.

When I was trying to make my way as an MMA writer and blogger, I would watch as many events as I could. Everything from Aussie promotions, if they were streaming, through to regional US promotions, and of course, I was also watching Strikeforce and Bellator. Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I have watched another promotion besides the UFC.

I watched almost the entire thing, though I did fall asleep just as Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Stevie Ray were making their way to the cage; I woke up in enough time to see the start of the co-main event between Brendan Loughnane. While asleep, I did miss Aubin-Mercier’s KO, which was a bummer.

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Watching the event from start to finish was excellent. I enjoyed all the fights I watched, but my favourite was ‘Razor’ Rob Wilkinson’s fight. The Tasmanian defeated Omari Akhmedov for the Light Heavyweight Championship. Wilkinson also won 1 million USD (1.4 million AUD). Wilkinson looked sharp, and a performance like that will get the UFC’s attention.

The co-main event and the main event were both excellent contests. Brendan Loughnane showed that Dana White shouldn’t have passed on giving him a UFC contract, defeating Bubba Jenkins via unanimous decision. Loughnane is a quality fighter with the perfect game plan for the win.

In the main event, Larissa Pacheco gave Kayla Harrison her professional loss, winning unanimously. In a back-and-forth fight, Pacheco showed the heart of a champion by overcoming Harrison. She also got one over on her biggest rival, with Harrison winning the last two fights.

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Here in Australia, we were lucky enough to have the event on Stan Sports. For those that don’t know, Stan is a streaming platform in Australia like Hulu and the like, and it is a joint venture by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media. Stan has rights to Rugby Union, Superbikes, and the UEFA Champions League.

The only criticism I had with the stream was that when the commentators were doing their analysis on screen, the sound would be so low, but when they went to a fighter’s package, it would be back at the normal sound. Also, there were a couple of times that the Spanish commentary was played over the top of the English commentary; I’m not sure if the same thing happened on the ESPN+ feed, which wasn’t enjoyable. The good thing was that it didn’t happen all the way through.

I really enjoyed the fights I watched, and I will watch PFL whenever possible.

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