PFL’s Harrison critical of win but stays undefeated

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Two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison is a notoriously harsh critic of her personal performances, and that development continued as soon as once more on Friday.

Harrison (13-0) prolonged her undefeated document with a dominant unanimous choice over Marina Mokhnatkina (6-2) contained in the Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas.

In doing so, Harrison kicked off her 2022 light-weight season with three factors — however she wasn’t solely completely happy.

Though the bout was one-sided — judges scored it for Harrison by way of scores of 30-26, 30-27 and 29-27 — it was not almost as definitive as nearly all of Harrison’s performances in MMA. Her bodily presence was apparent within the bout, however she struggled to threaten Mokhnatkina with a end and regarded fatigued within the remaining spherical.

“I believe it was utter canine crap,” Harrison mentioned. “Sorry to the followers. I needed to placed on a greater present for you. Generally, these women are more durable than you suppose.”

A two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, Harrison has walked by means of nearly all of her MMA competitors and was a prized free agent following her PFL season victory in 2021. She fielded presents from a number of organizations earlier than in the end touchdown again within the PFL on a profitable deal.

Regardless of Harrison’s disappointment, she is going to go into her second regular-season bout in a four-way tie for second place. Larissa Pacheco (16-4) earned six factors with a first-place end on Friday, whereas Martina Jindrova, Olena Kolesnyk and Genah Fabian every tied Harrison with three-point choice wins.

Past Harrison, two of PFL’s prime names scored spectacular victories on Friday. Light-weight Anthony Pettis (25-12) submitted Myles Price within the first spherical and welterweight Rory MacDonald (23-8) submitted Brett Cooper within the opening spherical with a rear-naked choke. Each Pettis and MacDonald surged to the highest of their division’s standings with the win.

The evening’s largest upset got here within the co-main occasion, as 2021 champion Ray Cooper (24-8-1) suffered a stunning defeat to Carlos Leal by unanimous choice.

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