PFL 3 results: Renan Ferreira taps, but knocks out Fabricio Werdum, Kayla Harrison rolls

Renan Ferreira upset former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in the headliner of PFL 3 with a flurry of ground-and-pound. Ferreira also tapped twice to a triangle choke that Werdum slapped on seconds before. Ultimately, Ferreira’s knockout win at 2:32 of the opening round was the official result, bringing him six regular season points in the Thursday night headliner at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Referee Keith Peterson was not in position to see Ferreira’s hand make a very clear tap on Werdum’s back and then a smaller one before a series of hammerfists removed Werdum from consciousness. Afterward, the former UFC champ said he loosened his choke because he felt his opponent submit. “I don’t want to say nothing to him,” Werdum said. “But he knows in his mind that he tapped. And it’s not fair.” The fight started with a bang when both heavyweights launched flying side kicks. But it was Werdum that got on top, and he was about to advance before Ferreira, who at 6-8 had a four-inch height advantage, reversed him. Werdum immediately locked in the triangle. But as it turned out, that wasn’t enough. Check out the controversial sequence and finish below: Before his finish against Fabricio Werdum, Renan Ferreira appeared to tap Werdum twice on the shoulder. #2021PFL3 pic.twitter.com/1M5ktz4xX4— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 7, 2021 View this post on Instagram A post shared by MMAFighting.com (@mmafightingdotcom) Harrison dominates Morais Season 2 champion Kayla Harrison barely broke a sweat in her first Season 3 appearance, taking down and pounding out Mariana Morais in less than 90 seconds. The official time of stoppage was 1:23 as referee Gary Copeland stepped in to stop a flurry of ground and pound that followed a takedown and mount from Harrison, who picked up six points in regular season competition. Morais, a longtime bantamweight, had the chutzpah to try a hip toss on Olympic gold medalist judoka Harrison, who countered by reversing direction and putting her on the canvas. While Harrison didn’t get the finish fast enough to usurp her two-time victim Larissa Pachecho, who got a finish in just 51 seconds, she did established herself as the one to beat for the second 155-pound women’s tournament in the PFL. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MMAFighting.com (@mmafightingdotcom) Kayla's hands are rated E for everybody Mic Drop Moment pic.twitter.com/SprH1HkObs— PFL (@PFLMMA) May 7, 2021 Sayles upsets Usman In his first fight in more than three years, Brandon Sayles pulled off a huge upset by choking unconscious Mohammed Usman, the younger brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Sayles, an Army combatives instructor, dropped Usman twice in the second round before securing a rear-naked choke that forced referee intervention at the 3:42 mark of the second round. The end was written in part by the beginning, when Sayles repeatedly landed a powerful left hook. Thankfully, Sayles also brought to the fight a good chin that showed when Usman ducked his head and fired heavy overhand rights. Unable to take the fight to the mat, Usman settled for throwing bombs. In response, Sayles attacked the legs to make him less explosive. The fight could have been stopped when a clearly dazed Usman, who hit the canvas off a right hook, groped for Sayles’ legs. When that didn’t happen, Sayles locked up a guillotine and tried to get the tap. Usman escaped, but was sent to the canvas again by another short right hand. Sayles climbed to the back and got the finish for a second-round finish and a five-point take. Sayles drops Usman in the 2nd round!#2021PFL3 LIVE NOW ESPNhttps://t.co/WfOt9XBfzk pic.twitter.com/0R80cXAPg6— PFL (@PFLMMA) May 7, 2021 Brandon Sayles puts Mohammed Usman to sleep! #2021PFL3 LIVE NOW ESPNhttps://t.co/WfOt9XBfzk pic.twitter.com/SeucuJAcdF— PFL (@PFLMMA) May 7, 2021 Pachecho pounds Pajic Larissa Pacheco made a statement in her first Season 3 appearance, dropping Julija Pajic with a left hook before finishing her off just 51 seconds into the first round. Pacheco advanced to mount and poured on the strikes before the referee intervened. With the win, she picked up six regular season points and the fastest finish in the women’s lightweight division, according to the promotion. The shot that started it all!!#2021PFL3 LIVE NOW ESPNhttps://t.co/WfOt9XBfzk pic.twitter.com/ZG361U6xdS— PFL (@PFLMMA) May 7, 2021 Larissa Pacheco!!! 6 Point Finish to kick off the ESPN card!#2021PFL3 LIVE NOW ESPNhttps://t.co/WfOt9XBfzk pic.twitter.com/IjoCOYDQpu— PFL (@PFLMMA) May 7, 2021 Full PFL 3 Results: Renan Ferreira def. Fabricio Werdum via KO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:32 Kayla Harrison def. Mariana Morais via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:23 Brandon Sayles def. Mohammed Usman via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 3:42 Larissa Pacheco def. Julija Pajic via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 0

PFL 3 results: Renan Ferreira taps, but knocks out Fabricio Werdum, Kayla Harrison rolls

Renan Ferreira upset former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in the headliner of PFL 3 with a flurry of ground-and-pound. Ferreira also tapped twice to a triangle choke that Werdum slapped on seconds before.

Ultimately, Ferreira’s knockout win at 2:32 of the opening round was the official result, bringing him six regular season points in the Thursday night headliner at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

Referee Keith Peterson was not in position to see Ferreira’s hand make a very clear tap on Werdum’s back and then a smaller one before a series of hammerfists removed Werdum from consciousness.

Afterward, the former UFC champ said he loosened his choke because he felt his opponent submit.

“I don’t want to say nothing to him,” Werdum said. “But he knows in his mind that he tapped. And it’s not fair.”

The fight started with a bang when both heavyweights launched flying side kicks. But it was Werdum that got on top, and he was about to advance before Ferreira, who at 6-8 had a four-inch height advantage, reversed him. Werdum immediately locked in the triangle.

But as it turned out, that wasn’t enough. Check out the controversial sequence and finish below:

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Harrison dominates Morais

Season 2 champion Kayla Harrison barely broke a sweat in her first Season 3 appearance, taking down and pounding out Mariana Morais in less than 90 seconds.

The official time of stoppage was 1:23 as referee Gary Copeland stepped in to stop a flurry of ground and pound that followed a takedown and mount from Harrison, who picked up six points in regular season competition.

Morais, a longtime bantamweight, had the chutzpah to try a hip toss on Olympic gold medalist judoka Harrison, who countered by reversing direction and putting her on the canvas. While Harrison didn’t get the finish fast enough to usurp her two-time victim Larissa Pachecho, who got a finish in just 51 seconds, she did established herself as the one to beat for the second 155-pound women’s tournament in the PFL.

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Sayles upsets Usman

In his first fight in more than three years, Brandon Sayles pulled off a huge upset by choking unconscious Mohammed Usman, the younger brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Sayles, an Army combatives instructor, dropped Usman twice in the second round before securing a rear-naked choke that forced referee intervention at the 3:42 mark of the second round.

The end was written in part by the beginning, when Sayles repeatedly landed a powerful left hook. Thankfully, Sayles also brought to the fight a good chin that showed when Usman ducked his head and fired heavy overhand rights. Unable to take the fight to the mat, Usman settled for throwing bombs. In response, Sayles attacked the legs to make him less explosive.

The fight could have been stopped when a clearly dazed Usman, who hit the canvas off a right hook, groped for Sayles’ legs. When that didn’t happen, Sayles locked up a guillotine and tried to get the tap. Usman escaped, but was sent to the canvas again by another short right hand. Sayles climbed to the back and got the finish for a second-round finish and a five-point take.

Pachecho pounds Pajic

Larissa Pacheco made a statement in her first Season 3 appearance, dropping Julija Pajic with a left hook before finishing her off just 51 seconds into the first round.

Pacheco advanced to mount and poured on the strikes before the referee intervened. With the win, she picked up six regular season points and the fastest finish in the women’s lightweight division, according to the promotion.

Full PFL 3 Results:

Renan Ferreira def. Fabricio Werdum via KO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:32

Kayla Harrison def. Mariana Morais via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:23

Brandon Sayles def. Mohammed Usman via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 3:42

Larissa Pacheco def. Julija Pajic via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 0:51

Bruno Cappelozza def. Ante Delija via KO (punches) - Round 1, 0:46

Kaitlin Young def. Cindy Dandois via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Genah Fabian def. Laura Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Denis Goltsov def. Muhammed Dereese via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 4:21

Taylor Guardado def. Helena Kolesnyk via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Magomed Umalatov def. Kyron Bowen via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 0:07

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Jose Augusto vows to ‘slowly hurt’ Anthony Johnson at Bellator 258: ‘I’m more technical and faster than him’
Jose Augusto stepped in to replace Yoel Romero against Anthony Johnson at Bellator 258. | Bellator

Anthony Johnson vs. Yoel Romero was one of the most anticipated fights in Bellator history, and now Jose Augusto steps in to play spoiler.

Augusto agreed to replace Romero on less than a week’s notice to face Johnson at Friday night’s Bellator 258 in Uncasville, Conn., and feels “extremely grateful” to have such opportunity just 10 fights into his professional MMA career.

That said, “Gugu” doesn’t view Johnson as this unstoppable force that has demolished some of the best light heavyweights in the UFC.

“I’m looking at this fight just like any other,” Augusto said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I think he’s stronger than me but I’ve fought stronger men before and I can do well in the fight. I’m more technical and faster than him, and I’m confident on the work I’ve been doing. Getting anxious or doubting myself means I don’t believe my team, and I believe them. I’ll do everything I can to get my hands raised in the end.”

Most of fans had no idea who Gugu was when news broke that he would be stepping in for Romero at Bellator 258. The Pitbull Brothers light heavyweight has only fought once under the Bellator banner, submitting Jonathan Wilson with an arm-triangle choke in one round a month ago.

Augusto doesn’t believe “Rumble” will overlook him though, nor does he expect the UFC veteran to feel rusty after four years away from MMA.

“I think he will try to come in and do what he always does, to go for the finish, and I’m expecting that just so I can do the same thing and land my strikes,” Augusto said. “I expect him to feel [my strikes]. He hasn’t fought in a long time and I’ve been fighting often, and I expect to take advantage of that rhythm.”

“He’s very strong,” he continued. “In my opinion, he has the most dangerous first round of this division. I think he will continue to come out strong like that and fans won’t even notice any difference from his time away, but, like I said, I believe I’m faster and more versatile and I will dominate the distance, score points and slowly hurt him.

“I see two difference scenarios when I meditate. First, he comes in with everything he’s got and I counter and he goes down. The other one, I submit him. I believe in my hand and my jiu-jitsu. Squeeze his neck, choke him out, attack his foot or something like that.”

To step in on short notice and upset Johnson to advance in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix would be a fairytale story for an unknown Brazilian, much like when Daniel Cormier replaced Alistair Overeem in the Strikeforce grand prix to win the tournament and make a name for himself in MMA.

“I hope so,” Augusto said with a laugh. “I’ve always dreamed with something like this but never thought it could happen so fast. God’s plans are so wonderful. I don’t know how this fight will play out, we both like to stand and trade, he’s strong and has good wrestling and I believe my jiu-jitsu is better than his.

“I have the tools to win this fight and the hunger to impose my game on him. Saying this is a bit complicated but I believe I’m hungrier than him. Being here is my dream, and I don’t know if it’s his dream. He has conquered so many things already, but I think I want this win more than him.”

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