Professional Fighters League: Daytona features three three-round bouts and one highly-anticipated five-round main event that pits Jon Fitch vs. Brian Foster for the No.1  seed when league play begins in January 2018. Fights will take place on Friday, June 30 as part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola at the Daytona International Speedway.  The event, which will be held in the infield of the “World Center of Racing” in the UNOH Fanzone, will begin  immediately following the completion of the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at approximately 10:30 PM ET  Both events will be televised LIVE and FREE on NBCSN.  (Click here to locate NBCSN in your channel lineup.) The historic event will also be available on the FITE TV app outside of the of the U.S. for $9.99.

The eight fighters competing at #PFLDaytona will be among the first signed to compete in the inaugural 2018 Professional Fighters League season. The first Professional Fighters League championships will be awarded in December 2018 to the fighters who emerge victorious after the post-season tournament.

#PFLDaytona features a welterweight main event between MMA veterans  Jon Fitch (29-7-1) vs. Brian Foster (26-9) with the winner being awarded the No. 1 seed for 2018 league season; the light heavyweight co-main event between Smealinho Rama (10-2) vs. Ronny Markes (16-4); a welterweight battle between Joao Zeferino (21-8) vs. Herman Terrado (14-3-1) and a lightweight bout with Jason High (19-5) vs. Caros Fodor (11-5).

MAIN CARD (Live on NBCSN, Friday at 10:30 PM ET / 7:30 PM PT, June 30)

 
Welterweight Main Event: Jon Fitch def. Brian Foster via Sub (Bulldog Choke)

Jon Fitch and Brian Foster entered the Decagon with the No. 1 seed on the line for the upcoming Professional Fighters League season and it showed in their performances. The fight was exciting from bell to bell as both men had moments of total control. After landing some strikes to open the contest, Foster attempted to go for a guillotine choke but Fitch escaped. The WSOF welterweight champ took over for the rest of the first round, throwing leather from inside Foster’s guard.

In the second round, Foster landed a huge right hand that had Fitch on wobbly legs. Foster continued to press for the finish and came within moments of finishing the fight. However, Fitch’s toughness would show through as he survived the onslaught and eventually took top position. In one of the strangest finishes in recent MMA history, Fitch would lock in a modified rear naked choke to get the tap out in the second frame. However brief the welterweight clash was, it will go down as one of the most entertaining bouts in the promotion’s history.

Light Heavyweight: Ronny Markes def. Smealinho Rama via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

The light heavyweight division was on display as two of the best 205-pound fighters on the roster went at it to begin the #PFLDaytona event. In the early goings, the two men exchanged leg and body kicks. As the feeling-out process ended, it was Markes who landed the first decisive move of the fight, securing a takedown after a body kick. Rama would immediately reverse position and get the fight back to the fight. The first round would prove to be Rama’s best moments of the fight as the Brazilian took over in the second and third round.

Markes landed takedowns in each round and easily held his opponent to the mat. The Brazilian did a great job of neutralizing Rama’s striking with his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game and would wind up with an unanimous decision win over the former WSOF heavyweight champ.

Welterweight: Herman Terrado def. Joao Zeferino via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

The two welterweights had to endure some shuffling on the card due to the ongoing weather issues but that didn’t stop both men from putting on an exciting performance. Joao Zeferino came out and looked to take control of the fight by utilizing his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game. Zeferino controlled the pace of the fight early on but Terrado came roaring back in the final moments of the first frame to possibly steal the frame on the judges’ scorecards.

The second round was all Terrado as the Guam-born fighter threw heavy leather and stunned his opponent multiple times. He controlled the action by staying in Zeferino’s guard for much of the second round and landed some heavy ground strikes. As the fight headed to third round, many fight fans felt it was 1-1. Both men looked exhausted due to the nature of the fight combined with the Florida humidity. Terrado would prove to be the fresher fighter as the minutes wore on. His cardio would wind up earning Terrado a split decision victory in his Proffesional Fighters League debut.

Lightweight: Jason High def. Caros Fodor via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

In a battle of durable veterans, Jason High would emerge victorious over Caros Fodor. High utilized his wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu game to neutralize Fodor’s forward pressure. High was able to cut his opponent early in the fight by throwing down some heavy punches from top position.

It would be Fodor who reversed position in the second round as he put High’s back to the mat. Still, High avoided any serious damage or submissions and took over the fight in the final frame. The judges scored the fight 29-28 across the board, giving High a much needed victory.