Heavyweight Blagoy Ivanov ran his win streak to five after a unanimous decision victory over previously once-beaten Caio Alencar at PFL: Fight Night Thursday night at the Washington Hilton. The Bulgarian brawler overcame a slow start and began to take the fight to Alencar in the second round before he was temporarily stopped by an errant finger to his eye from his retreating opponent. After a brief respite, Ivanov (16-1) continued his striking assault until the final bell. Alencar (11-2) did his best work early but couldn’t muster enough offense to stop Ivanov from walking him down in the later rounds.

Lance Palmer earned a unanimous decision win in a hard-fought three round battle with UFC-veteran Steven Siler. The Team Alpha Male-product scored an early knockdown in the first frame but couldn’t manage a finish against the savvy Siler. Palmer (12-3) controlled the fight with his trademark wrestling and defended numerous submission attempts from top position. Siler (29-17) acquitted himself well after the early trip to the canvas but just couldn’t find a finish despite all his efforts.

Mike Kyle made short work of fellow heavyweight Daniel Gallemore with a flurry of knees that forced referee Mario Yamasaki to step in just 61 seconds into the bout. Though the fight was short it was full of action with both fighters getting wobbled before Kyle landed the finishing blows. Gallemore (7-4) rebounded from an early shot to stun Kyle with a hard left that forced him backward momentarily. Kyle (23-15) regathered himself and landed a powerful uppercut that led to the fight-ending series of knees.

In the opening fight of the night Timur Valiev dueled with Josenaldo Silva for two-plus rounds before notching a rear naked-choke in the third round of their bantamweight affair. Valiev (12-2) utilized his wresting advantage to keep Silva on the mat for the majority of the bout and was able to land some hard punches and elbows, eventually opening up Silva (25-6) around his right eye. After softening him up he was able to sink the submission and get the win at 2:12 of the final round.

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PFL: Fight Night:

 

MAIN CARD

  • Heavyweight Main Event: Blagoy Ivanov def. Caio Alencar by Unanimous Decision, (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
  • The heavyweights came out a bit cautious as both Blagoy Ivanov and Caio Alencar didn’t want to be on the wrong end of a highlight reel finish. Alencar attempted to keep Ivanov at range early on and found some initial success. However, Ivanov would eventually find his range on the inside as the fight progressed.

    An eye poke in the second frame appeared to awake the beast as Ivanov came out of the break with a flurry. As the final seconds of the second round ticked by, Ivanov had Alencar backing up all across the cage. The Brazilian was able to survive into the final round but it was Ivanov’s fight to lose from that point on.

    It was surely not his best performance but the former WSOF heavyweight champion did enough to take home a convincing win over a game opponent.

  • Featherweight: Lance Palmer def. Steven Siler by Unanimous Decision, (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • The fight between Lance Palmer and Steven Siler was vintage Palmer. The Team Alpha Male fighter controlled much of the action by keeping Siler on the mat. Siler would threaten with rubber guard and submission attempts, but Palmer was relentless with his top control. A former Division-I All-American wrestler at Ohio State, Palmer’s wrestling proved to be the difference in this fight. Siler had a few moments of success but could not sustain anything for extended periods of time.

    Siler was able to cause a cut in the final frame but it was too little, too late. Palmer’s dominant wrestling was too much for the seasoned veteran as Palmer even took home a 10-8 round during their contest.

  • Heavyweight: Mike Kyle def. Daniel Gallemore TKO(knees), Rd. 1:01
  • Both men promised to deliver an impressive showing and Mike Kyle delivered in spades. The American Kickboxing Academy product left no doubt that he still has plenty left in the gas tank as he dismantled rising contender Daniel Gallemore in just over a minute. Kyle hurt his opponent in the opening seconds but Gallemore was able to recover. However, Kyle kept the forward pressure and put Gallemore on wobbly legs with a solid uppercut. Kyle would finish the fight with a series of knees that dropped Gallemore against the cage, forcing the referee to step in and halt the action.

  • Bantamweight: Timur Valiev def. Josenaldo Silva by Submission (rear-naked choke), Rd. 3 2:12
  • Two top bantamweights kicked off the action for #PFLFightNight but it would be Timur Valiev who would take home the victory. Valiev controlled the action throughout the contest, using a solid top game to neutralize the striking game of Josenaldo Silva. Valiev scored takedowns seemingly at will and kept his foe on the mat for nearly the majority of the contest. Silva managed to land some nice strikes in the second and third round but any momentum he gained was erased by Valiev’s grappling prowess.

    Valiev would secure a tapout finish in the final frame as he softened Silva up with some ground strikes before securing a rear naked choke.

     

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