The 2023 PFL Europe season roared back to life with thrilling action, unfolding live at the Zenith Paris La Villette in Paris, France.
In a highly anticipated all-French showdown, the main event witnessed Cedric Doumbe and Jordan Zebo going head-to-head. In a jaw-dropping turn of events, Cedric Doumbe secured a spectacular knockout victory just 9 seconds into the first round, electrifying the crowd. Doumbe’s unbeaten streak extended to 5-0, and he eagerly anticipates his next challenge within the PFL SmartCage.
Meanwhile, the co-main event showcased ‘The Lazy King’ Abdoul Abdouraguimov’s dominance over the seasoned Brad Wheeler. Abdoul achieved an impressive submission victory with a rear-naked choke at 2:43 of the first round, extending his winning streak to 8 consecutive victories and boasting a remarkable record of 18-1.
Two of the UK’s top prospects, Simeon Powell and Dakota Ditcheva, continued their undefeated runs, advancing to 9-0 in their professional careers. ‘Dangerous’ Ditcheva achieved a third-round TKO victory over Cornelia Holm, while ‘Smooth’ Simeon Powell secured his place in the championships with a unanimous decision win over Daniel Ladero. Both fighters are now on the path to competing at the 3Arena for the coveted PFL Europe title and a $100,000 prize.
Irish MMA had a memorable night as Frans Mlmabo and John Mitchell secured victories for Ireland. John Mitchell clinched a unanimous decision win over Geisym Derouiche in their second encounter, while Frans Mlambo engaged in a hard-fought battle against Mokhtar Benkaci, ultimately winning via a split decision. Both fighters are gearing up for their upcoming bouts on their home turf in Dublin, Ireland.
Shanelle Dyer made her debut in PFL Europe, delivering an impressive performance and securing a unanimous decision victory over Luisa Cifuentes. This victory marks her entry into the tournament for the 2024 season.
Here are the complete results:
Welterweight Main Event: Cedric Doumbe defeats Jordan Zebo via KO (left hook) in Round 1 at 0:09.
Catchweight (180lbs) Co-Main Event: Abdoul Aadbouraguimov defeats Brad Wheeler via TKO (Rear-naked choke) in Round 1 at 2:43.
Light Heavyweight Semifinal: Jakob Nedoh defeats Anthony Salamone via TKO (punches) in Round 1 at 1:35.
Light Heavyweight Semifinal: Simeon Powell defeats Daniel Ladero via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Women’s Flyweight Semifinal: Dakota Ditcheva defeats Cornelia Holm via TKO (body punch) in Round 3 at 2:55.
Lightweight: Yazid Chouchane defeats Henrique Madureira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Catchweight (180lbs): Laureano Staropoli defeats Baba Nadjombe via TKO (corner stoppage) in Round 2 at 5:00.
Bantamweight Semifinal: Khurshed Kakhorov defeats Ali Taleb via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27).
Bantamweight Semifinal: Frans Mlambo defeats Mokhtar Benkaci via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Lightweight Semifinal: Jakub Jaszuba defeats Dylan Tuke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
Lightweight Semifinal: John Mitchell defeats Geisym Derouiche via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Women’s Flyweight: Shanelle Dyer defeats Luisa Cifuentes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).