Andre Harrison Keeps His Record Spotless After Decisioning Steven Rodriguez

Yushin Okami, Jake Shields and Bruno Santos Score Victories at PFL: Everett

 
Andre Harrison ran his record to a perfect 17-0 but you wouldn’t have known it by talking to him after his five-round main event fight with a very game Steven Rodriguez (10-3) at XFINITY Arena. The top promotional featherweight took four of the five rounds on each judge’s card but was not satisfied with his performance.

“I am not happy with that performance,” said Harrison. “I know I’m still 17-0 but like I always say, I don’t look at the record, I look at the performance and that was not up to my standards. He wasn’t really fast, didn’t really hit hard and he was nowhere near the opponent Lance (Palmer) was when I fought him. He’s the kind of guy I have to get out of there and I didn’t do it.”

Yushin Okami (34-10) used his grappling skills to control Andre Lobato (25-7) on his way to a comfortable unanimous decision victory. The Japanese veteran pressed forward and kept the pressure on Lobato who could not keep the fight standing long enough to do much damage. In the end Okami impressed one judge enough and was awarded a 30-25 score while the other two saw it as a 30-27 score.

Jake Shields (32-9-1) put together one of the most lopsided scorecards you’ll ever see in mixed martial arts after dominating Danny Davis Jr. (13-12-1) over three rounds. After cycling through mount and back mount at will Shields attempted multiple choke attempts but Davis thwarted him at every turn. Shields continued to pepper him with short shots trying to open him up for a submission but his efforts proved futile. The judge’s tallies, when read, spelled out just how dominant Shields was. Scores of 30-24, 30-24 and 30-25 drove home the overwhelming nature of the win.

“His skill level was about what I expected but his heart and desire to compete were way better than I figured they would be,” said Shields. I had him in a lot of bad positions and especially in the third round I thought I would be able to get the choke but he kept pushing through. I think it was a moral victory for him to get to the end of the fight and he definitely didn’t roll over.”

Bruno Santos (16-2) went to work early on the legs of Rex Harris (10-3) and it paid off late when the Brazilian was able to stalk his opponent around the cage, close the distance and win the exchanges on his way to a unanimous decision victory. The middleweight contender expressed his desire to fight for a title and he’ll likely get that chance when the Professional Fighters League kicks off their 2018 season.

“I prepared very well for this fight and I knew I would be able to put on a good fight,” said Santos. I went after his legs, that is my specialty and it paid off later in the fight. Now it’s time for me to fight for the middleweight title, I think I have proven I deserve it.”

MAIN CARD (Live on NBCSN, Saturday, July 29 at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT)

  • Featherweight Main Event: Andre Harrison def. Steven Rodriguez via UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).
  • Steven Rodriguez came into the #PFLEverett main event with a smile on his face. The Costa Rican prospect knew everyone was discounting his chances against Andre Harrison and faced a no-lose situation. Rodriguez proved to be a durable opponent and may have even surprised Harrison with his speed in the opening minutes. The WSOF champion would gather his bearings and would eventually find his groove.

    It would be Harrison’s wrestling game which would prove to be the difference as the fight wore on. Each time Rodriguez managed to land a solid strike or two, Harrison sent the Costa Rican to the mat with a takedown. Although Harrison didn’t get the second-round TKO like he wanted, he still took home a W in dominant fashion. It seems as though Shane Kruchten is next on “The Bull’s” hit list.

  • Welterweight: Yushin Okami def. Andre Lobato via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
  • Andre Lobato’s US debut didn’t go as planned as he dropped a decision loss to Yushin Okami. The MMA veteran used a heavy top game to grind out the win as Lobato was unable to keep the fight on the feet for any extended amount of time. It was vintage Okami as his superior grappling and size earned him the win in the #PFLEverett co-main event.

  • Welterweight: Jake Shields def. Danny Davis Jr. via UD (30-24, 30-24, 30-25)
  • Danny Davis Jr. put up a valiant effort but Jake Shields was simply too much for the Las Vegas native. Shields would score takedowns in each round and held on to back control after getting the fight to the mat. Davis Jr. was able to escape a number of submission attempts but Shields easily controlled much of the three-round affair. Shields left the Decagon believing another run at the top of the division is in his future.

  • Middleweight: Bruno Santos def. Rex Harris via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • The Brazilian utilized a wrestling-heavy gameplan to take the W in this one. Rex Harris entered this fight as a former collegiate wrestler but it was Bruno Santos who was able to maintain top position throughout the contest. Harris found some success in the final frame but Santos was able to secure another takedown to earn a 30-27 unanimous decision.

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  • Heavyweight: Josh Copeland def. Mike Kyle via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • The featured prelim of the evening saw Josh Copeland edge Mike Kyle in a battle of attrition. Copeland struggled initially to get on the inside of the taller Kyle but found success in the second round. Kyle came out furiously in the final round but settled back in after realizing “The Cuddly Bear” wasn’t going to be put away. Kyle showcased a nice jab and some footwork to avoid Copeland’s charging attacks. Copeland’s face was a mess after the fight but he managed to take home an unanimous decision after out-striking Kyle.

  • Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt def. Nick Rossborough via UD (30-25, 30-25, 30-25).
  • The former Division I All-American wrestler secured a number of takedowns throughout all three rounds. Rossborough wasn’t able to get any offense going as Rosholt’s wrestling stymied Rossborough. Rosholt caused a cut early on and wore down Rossborough as the fight continued. Rosholt’s dominant showing earned him a pair of 10-8 rounds en route to an unanimous decision victory.

  • Lightweight: Luiz Firmino def. Eddy Ellis via TKO, Rd. 1, 1:45.
  • Both Luiz Firmino and Eddy Ellis came out looking to land heavy kicks. It was one of those kicks which got Ellis in trouble as Firmino landed a beautiful left hook counter to one of Ellis’ kicks. Ellis immediately motioned to the referee, indicating something was wrong with his jaw. The referee stepped in and waved the contest off, giving Firmino the TKO finish.

  • Middleweight: Louis Taylor def. Zach Conn via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • Louis Taylor stayed the course for three rounds as he took Zach Conn down with ease in each round of their contest. Conn didn’t threaten much in terms of submissions or sweeps, allowing Taylor to keep the fight on the mat. Conn showed tremendous heart and toughness as he took some serious punches from Taylor while on the bottom. However, Conn’s heart and toughness would not earn him the win as Taylor had his hand raised in victory.

  • Heavyweight: Jared Torgeson def. Dale Sopi via Split Decision (29-28,29-28,28-29)
  • The two heavyweights fought an evenly matched contest early on until Jared Torgeson landed some heavy shots to close the first round. Dale Sopi did a good job of using his head movement to avoid most of the shots but Torgeson still managed to nearly end the fight early. Sopi did a better job of avoiding the big shots as the fight wore on but Toregson would take home a split-decision victory.

  • Welterweight: Miles Hunsinger def. Andy Nigretto via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • Miles Hunsinger felt the power of Andy Nigretto early on but utilized a heavy top game to neutralize Nigretto’s striking. Hunsinger scored impressive takedowns throughout the contest and kept Nigretto on the mat when he got him there. Nigretto scored a knockdown in the second round but Hunsinger’s wrestling game kept Nigretto on the defensive for the majority of the bout.

  • Welterweight: Puna Soriano def. John Gover via TKO (Strikes), Rd. 1, 2:36
  • Puna Soriano got the action started quickly at #PFLEverett by dropping John Gover early in their contest. A left hand sent Gover to the canvas and put him in survival mode for the remainder of the fight. Soriano won his MMA debut in 2-minutes and 30-seconds but bested his time at #PFLEverett by getting the stoppage in 2-minutes and 29-seconds.

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