Kayla Harrison showed why she is the best female fighter in the PFL.
Harrison controlled Marina Mokhnatkina, earning a decision victory in the main event of PFL 3 Friday night. The main card aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
A two-time champion, Harrison was pushed to the distance for just the third time in her 13-fight career.
In the co-main event, Ray Cooper III was bested by Carlos Leal. Cooper, the defending welterweight champion, missed weight for the bout.
Former champions Anthony Pettis and Rory MacDonald both had strong season openers. Pettis submitted Myles Price with a triangle choke, while MacDonald finished Brett Cooper with a rear-naked choke.
Larissa Pacheco opened the main card with a finish of Zamzagul Fayzallanova.
On the prelims, Dilano Taylor, Genah Fabian, Sadibou Sy, Jarrah Al Silawi, Olena Kolesnyk and Martina Jindrova scored wins.
Fabian, though, had her bout in the standings declared for Julia Budd after Fabian missed weight.
Kayla Harrison def. Marina Mokhnatkina via unanimous decision
Carlos Leal def. Ray Cooper III via unanimous decision
Anthony Pettis def. Myles Price via submission (triangle choke) at 4:17 of Round 1
Rory MacDonald def. Brett Cooper via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:23 of Round 1
Larissa Pacheco def. Zamzagul Fayzallanova via TKO (strikes) at 1:25 of Round 1
Dilano Taylor def. Joao Zeferino via split decision
Genah Fabian def. Julia Budd via unanimous decision
Sadibou Sy def. Nikolai Aleksakhin via split decision
Jarrah Al Silawi def. Gleison Tibau via split decision
Olena Kolesnyk def. Abigail Montes via split decision
Martina Jindrova def. Vanessa Melo via unanimous decision
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