Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information
and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and
portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into
the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories
behind those numbers.
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TOTAL NUMBER OF PFL FIGHTS: 748
TOTAL NUMBER OF PFL EVENTS: 80
Professional Fighters League wrapped up the first round of its
regular season with welterweights and women’s lightweights vying
for playoff spots. Results before and during the event put both
brackets up for grabs, while bringing questions for past dominant
champs. PFL 3: 2022 Regular Season featured a couple shocking
weight misses, an undefeated destroyer that did not destroy and a
pair of old lions showing out like vintage performers.
More Splits than Hanna-Barbera: Throughout the
11-fight card, four bouts ended up with split scorecards. This four
split decision tally is the highest of a single event in company
history, with no past show featured more than two.
Excruciating Start: The first six bouts on the
card all went to three-round decisions, making this event the first
to start in such a fashion since WSOF 26 in 2015. While PFL 2018 9
started with seven straight fights that went the distance, they
were all two-rounders.
Judo + Sambo = Stall: The decision win for
Harrison over Marina
Mokhnatkina earned her three points, as she remains in second
place for the women’s lightweight standings at the moment. It is
the first time she has gone the distance since the year-end
championships of the 2019 season.
Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Even though it came
by decision, Harrison has racked up 12 wins under the PFL banner.
This ties her for the second-most all-time with Ray Cooper
III, while trailing Lance
No Pound-for-Pound Consideration Yet: Virtually
flawless in 12 appearances with PFL, Harrison now has claimed the
top spot for the greatest undefeated record in company history.
Gaethje and David
Branch each prevailed 10 times without a loss under the
promotion’s banner, while Marlon
Moraes was previously tied with Harrison with 11 victories
apiece opposite zero defeats.
Passing MMK: As she has fought 12 times and won
them all, Harrison’s win streak is the lengthiest in World Series of Fighting-PFL history. She
overcomes 11-fight stretches for Magomed
Magomedkerimov, Moraes and Palmer.
She Can Do It, And Does It: Harrison remains as
the winningest female fighter in league history with 12, while also
improving her own record for the most appearances as well. Her
three decision wins on her PFL ledger tie her with former foe
Guardado for the most of any female fighter.
No Value Whatsoever: Although some books showed
her at an astronomical -10000, Harrison closed as a -4000 favorite
ahead of her matchup with the sambo practitioner Mokhnatkina. This
is the fourth time in her PFL run that she has clocked in at -4000
or higher, and the only other person favored that heavily under the
company banner was Andre
Harrison at -4500 in 2018.
The Lion Sleeps Well Tonight: In the co-headliner,
Leal Miranda upset Cooper by a shocking decision. “The Lion,”
stepping in as a late replacement after two wins on the PFL
Challenger Series, improved his win streak to 11 straight dating
back to 2015.
The Dark Horse Emerges at 170: Miranda has not
suffered a loss since September 2014, when he dropped a decision to
Garvon. At that time, eight of the other 21 competitors on the
card had not yet made their pro debuts.
Looked Very Un-Cooper: Ahead of the match with
Miranda, Cooper missed weight by 5.4 pounds, making him ineligible
to win playoff points with a win and deducting one point from his
standings. He is the first PFL fighter to ever miss weight multiple
times and still compete at a PFL card.
Putting the Show in Showtime: Snagging a triangle
choke on Myles Price
in the lone men’s lightweight match on the card, Anthony
Pettis claimed the top spot on the standings with his
first-round finish at 4:17. His six-point finish puts him about
Manfio, who earned four with his stoppage at PFL 1.
Still In His Prime at 32: In two minutes, 23
MacDonald posted up with the top spot on the welterweight
standings for a six-point submission of Brett
Cooper. He scored the only finish of his division on this fight
Similar Start, Differing Trajectories: Both
MacDonald and B. Cooper began their storied careers back in 2005.
Their debuts took place on the exact same date of October 15, in
the western parts of North America. MacDonald fought in British
Columbia, Canada, while B. Cooper competed in San Diego. They both
prevailed that night by first-round stoppage.
The Pacheco Train Rolling: Larissa
Pacheco started her 2022 run off strong with an 85-second
knockout of Zamzagul
Fayzallanova. She recorded the lone stoppage at women’s
lightweight, earning her six points and likely a playoff spot after
just one win.
Can She Make a Run? Throughout her career, Pacheco
has earned 15 of her 16 wins inside the distance. Her lone decision
victory came in 2019 over Sarah
Welterweight in Shambles: R. Cooper was not the
only welterweight with problems this season, as Magomedkerimov
withdrew from his match with Joao
Zeferino due to visa issues. On extremely short notice,
Challenger Series winner Dilano
Taylor stepped in and won a split decision. “The Postman”
became the first fighter to beat Zeferino in nearly five years.
Negative Yardage: Over the course of three rounds,
Fabian beat Julia Budd by
decision. The Kiwi missed weight by 4.8 pounds, and therefore did
not earn any points for her victory and instead lost one.
Unstreakiest Streak: Sadibou Sy
managed to take a split decision over Nikolay
Aleksakhin in their rematch, securing three points towards the
playoffs. Since joining the PFL in 2018, the Swede has never
notched consecutive results of any kind, be it wins, losses, draws
or no contests after 11 appearances.
Never Say Never Again: Coming into PFL 3: 2022
Regular Season, Fayzallanova had never been finished (eight
fights), Budd had never lost by decision (19 fights) and Helena
Kolesnyk had never won on the scorecards (10 fights).