PFL 2 Results: Will Brooks, Ramsey Nijem, Kayla Harrison, Efrain Escudero, Jason High, Brandon Halsey, Vinny Magalhaes & More In Action

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Main Card (9pm EST., NBC Sports Network)

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Will Brooks def. Luiz Firmino by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Brian Foster def. Ramsey Nijem by TKO via strikes (0:23, R3)

Kayla Harrison def. Brittany Elkin by submission via arm bar (3:18, R1)

Efrain Escudero def. Jason High by submission via guillotine choke (0:35, R3)

Sean O’Connell def. Ronny Markes by TKO via strikes (0:41, R2)

Preliminary Card (6pm EST., Facebook Live)

Brandon Halsey def. Smealinho Rama by TKO via doctor stoppage (0:01, R3)

Islam Mamedov def. Yuki Kawana by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Vinny Magalhaes def. Jamie Abdallah by submission via rear naked choke (1:37, R1)

Rakim Cleveland def. Rashid Yusupov by TKO via injury (0:01, R3)

Maxim Grishin def. Jason Butcher by TKO via injury (1:40, R1)

Robert Watley def. Thiago Tavares by TKO via fighter injury (0:35, R2)

Natan Schulte def. Chris Wade by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

Dan Spohn def. Bozigit Ataev by TKO via strikes (4:31, R3)


Dan Spohn vs. Bozigit Ataev

Round One: The round begins with Spohn attacking Ataev with some leg kicks, Spohn accidentally nails Ataev low and the fight is halted. The fight resumes with Spohn taking a few swings at Ataev, Spohn also backs up Ataev with a high kick attempt. Ataev accidentally nails Spohn low with a knee strike and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with Ataev attacking Spohn with some leg kicks. Spohn continuously attacks Ataev with two punch combinations, Ataev backs Spohn up by landing a punching combination. Ataev gets Spohn against the cage wall while landing some strikes, Ataev gets free after nailing Spohn with a four punch combination. Ataev again gets Spohn against the cage wall while the two exchange some blows, Ataev stuns Spohn by landing an overhand right. The fighters clinch as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ataev

Round Two: The round begins with Spohn attacking Ataev with some leg kicks, Spohn also pops Ataev with a left. Spohn goes for a takedown and jumps on the back of a standing Ataev, Spohn pops Ataev with a few strikes. Ataev shakes Spohn off of his back and he gets top position on the ground, Ataev starts attacking Spohn with some ground and pound. Spohn rolls for a triangle choke and Ataev gets free to keep top position as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ataev (Overall Score: 20-18 for Ataev)

Round Three: The round begins with Ataev accidentally poking Spohn in the eye and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with Spohn catching Ataev with a left. Ataev lands a combo on Spohn while eating a knee strike, Ataev gets Spohn against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. The fighters briefly separate and exchange some blows, the fighters separate and Spohn attacks Ataev with some punching combinations. Spohn eats a few punches while attacking Ataev with some knee strikes, Ataev again gets Spohn up against the cage wall. Ataev catches Spohn with some punches to the midsection, Spohn rocks Ataev with some knee strikes. Ataev then cracks a kicking Spohn with a counter right, Ataev again gets Spohn up against the cage wall. Spohn drops Ataev with a multiple punch combination and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Dan Spohn def. Bozigit Ataev by TKO via strikes (4:31, R3)

Chris Wade vs. Natan Schulte

Round One: The round begins with Schulte attacking Wade with a high kick, Schulte also attacks Wade with some leg kicks. Wade scores a takedown and Schulte gets right back to his feet, Schulte scores a takedown on Wade and Wade gets right back up. Wade then scores another takedown on Schulte and Schulte gets up a few moments later, Schulte drops Wade with a left hook and he gets back control on the ground. Wade scrambles to get the fight standing again, Schulte charges forward and he swings away at Wade. Wade barely connects with a hook kick to the head of Schulte, Schulte trips up Wade and Wade gets back up a few moments later. Wade comes forward and he nails Schulte with an uppercut, Wade then hits Schulte with a knee strike to the midsection. Wade continues nailing Schulte with punching combinations, the fighters clinch and exchange strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Schulte

Round Two: The round begins with Wade attacking Schulte with a kick to the midsection, the fighters clinch and throw some strikes. Wade gets Schulte against the cage wall while landing knee strikes, the fighters separate and Schulte nails Wade with a straight right. Wade continues catching Schulte with punching combinations, Wade also catches Schulte with a lot of uppercuts. Schulte responds by cracking Wade with a few knee strikes, Schulte scores a takedown on Wade and he gets the open guard. Schulte advances to the half guard against Wade. Schulte gets up and he allows Wade to stand up, the fighters stay close and swing away at each other. Schulte continues catching Wade with knee strikes to the head, Schulte cracks Wade with a few rights as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Schulte (Overall Score: 20-18 for Schulte)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters immediately having a huge striking exchange, Schulte charges forward and he swings away at Wade. Wade looks for a takedown and Schulte controls his head, Schulte attacks Wade with some ground and pound. Schulte fails at a guillotine choke attempt and still manages to get back control on Wade, Schulte goes right back to attacking Wade with ground and pound. Wade gets up and Schulte drags him back to the ground, Wade scrambles and Schulte gets the full guard against him. Schulte gains the half guard against Wade, Schulte returns to back control against Wade while landing more strikes. Wade scrambles again and Schulte gets the half guard against him, Wade gets up and Schulte swings away at him as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Schulte (Final Score: 30-27 for Schulte)

Official Result: Natan Schulte def. Chris Wade by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

Thiago Tavares vs. Robert Watley

Round One: The round begins with Tavares attacking Watley with a high kick, Tavares starts hitting Watley with some leg kicks. Tavares goes for the takedown and Watley catches him with a few strikes, Watley drops and gets the half guard against Tavares. Tavares rolls for a heel hook and Watley escapes to regain top position, Watley attacks Tavares with a few strikes to the head. Tavares again rolls for the heel hook and Watley defends while landing some strikes. Watley eventually stands up and he allows Tavares to stand as well, Watley nails Tavares with a left followed by a knee strike. Watley scores a takedown on Tavares as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Watley

Round Two: The round begins with Tavares attacking Watley with some leg kicks, Watley pops Tavares with a few lefts. Tavares comes forward and he swings away at Watley, Watley accidentally kicks Tavares low and the fight is halted. The fight is waved off because Tavares cannot continue.

Official Result: Robert Watley def. Thiago Tavares by TKO via fighter injury (0:35, R2)

Maxim Grishin vs. Jason Butcher

Round One: The round begins with Grishin getting a swinger Butcher against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Butcher nails Grishin with a right. Grishin drops Butcher with a straight right and he pounces on him with more strikes, Grishin allows Butcher to stand up and Butcher is unable to stand and that causes the referee to call the fight.

Official Result: Maxim Grishin def. Jason Butcher by TKO via injury (1:40, R1)

Rashid Yusupov vs. Rakim Cleveland

Round One: The round begins with Cleveland attacking Yusupov with some leg kicks, Yusupov keeps Cleveland at bay by throwing jabs. Yusupov backs Cleveland into the cage wall while throwing a combination, Yusupov scores a takedown on Cleveland and he gets the open guard. Cleveland gets to his feet as Yusupov swings away at him, Yusupov drags Cleveland back to the ground while gaining back control. Yusupov goes for the rear naked choke and Cleveland defends, Yusupov attacks Cleveland with ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Yusupov

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters having a brief striking exchange, Cleveland gets Yusupov against the cage wall before separating a few moments later. Cleveland starts attacking Yusupov with some leg kicks. Yusupov pops Cleveland with jabs to keep him at a distance, Cleveland charges at Yusupov while keeping him at a distance. Cleveland again gets Yusupov up against the cage wall, Cleveland nails Yusupov with some knee strikes to the midsection. Cleveland rocks Yusupov with a left and Yusupov responds with a combo of his own as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cleveland (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

In between rounds, Yusupov’s corner waved off the fight because their fighter cannot continue.

Official Result: Rakim Cleveland def. Rashid Yusupov by TKO via injury (0:01, R3)

Vinny Magalhaes vs. Jamie Abdallah

Round One: The round begins with Magalhaes attacking Abdallah with leg kicks, Abdallah charges forward and he swings away at Magalhaes. Magalhaes scores a takedown on a swinging Abdallah and he gets back control, Magalhaes attacks Abdallah with ground and pound. Magalhaes locks in a rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Vinny Magalhaes def. Jamie Abdallah by submission via rear naked choke (1:37, R1)

Islam Mamedov vs. Yuki Kawana

Round One: The round begins with Kawana swinging away at Mamedov, Kawana gets Mamedov against the cage wall after eating a knee strike. Mamedov lands more knee strikes as Kawana continues holding him against the cage wall, Mamedov gets free after attempting a standing guillotine choke. Mamedov scores a takedown on Kawana and Kawana gets right back up, Mamedov gets Kawana down again and he gets back control. Mamedov attacks Kawana with ground and pound, The referee stands up the fighters after Mamedov continued grabbing the cage, Mamedov then attacks Kawana with a flying knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Mamedov

Round Two: The round begins with Mamedov cracking a swinging Kawana with a counter right, Kawana grabs Mamedov and he holds him against the cage wall. Mamedov spins Kawana and he attacks him with knee strikes before separating, Mamedov gets Kawana against the cage wall while landing knee strikes. Mamedov scores a takedown on Kawana and he gets back control, Kawana gets up with Mamedov holding onto him. Mamedov drags Kawana back to the ground while maintaining back control, Kawana scrambles to his feet with Mamedov holding onto him. Kawana drops for a knee bar and Mamedov escapes to get back control again, the fighters get to their feet as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Mamedov (Overall Score: 20-18 for Mamedov)

Round Three: The round begins with Kawana coming forward and swinging away at Mamedov, Kawana rocks Mamedov with a punching combination. Kawana follows Mamedov around the cage while swinging away at him, Mamedov grabs Kawana and he gets him against the cage wall. Mamedov scores a takedown on Kawana and Kawana gets right back up, Mamedov gets Kawana back to the ground while maintaining back control until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Mamedov (Final Score: 30-27 for Mamedov)

Official Result: Islam Mamedov def. Yuki Kawana by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Smealinho Rama vs. Brandon Halsey

Round One: The round begins with Rama rocks Halsey with a right hook, Halsey scores a takedown on Rama and he gets the full mount. Halsey starts attacking Rama with some ground and pound, Rama sweeps Halsey and he gains top position. Halsey rolls for a heel hook and Rama escapes to keep top position, Halsey scrambles to his feet while Rama pops him with strikes. The fighters separate and Rama catches an incoming Halsey with a knee strike, Rama gets Halsey on the rgound and he gets back control. Halsey gets to his feet and he shakes Rama off of him, Rama drops Halsey with a kick to the midsection and Rama again gets top position on the ground. Halsey gets back up and Rama nails him with a knee strike, Halsey drops for a heel hook and Rama escapes to get top position. Halsey gets back up and separates from Rama, Rama starts attacking Halsey with leg kicks. Rama rocks Halsey and drops him with a knee strike, Rama goes for a rear naked choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Rama

Round Two: The round begins with Halsey charging at Rama while swinging away at him, Rama drops Halsey a few moments later and Rama gets back control on the ground. Halsey recovers and scrambles to get top position, Rama uses a heel hook attempt to get top position again on Halsey. Halsey scrambles to his feet and he scores a takedown on Rama, Rama scrambles to his feet and Halsey scores another takedown on him. Halsey transitions to back control against Rama, Halsey attacks Rama with a ton of ground and pound while gaining full mount. Halsey continuously destroys Rama with a plethora of strikes, Rama shakes Halsey off of him to get top control on the ground. Rama rolls for a knee bar and Halsey escapes to regain full mount, Halsey attacks Rama with a ton of ground and pound again. Halsey transitions to back control on Rama before regaining full mount, Halsey attacks Rama with more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Halsey (Overall Score: 19-18 for Halsey)

In between rounds, the doctor stopped the fight due to the massive cut above the eye of Rama.

Official Result: Brandon Halsey def. Smealinho Rama by TKO via doctor stoppage (0:01, R3)

Ronny Markes vs. Sean O’Connell

Round One: The round begins with the fighters attacking each other with leg kicks, Markes scores a takedown on O’Connell and he gets back control. Markes starts attacking O’Connell with some ground and pound, O’Connell scrambles at the right time to get top position against Markes. Markes would quickly sweep O’Connell to regain top position, Markes returns to back control against O’Connell. O’Connell eats strikes as he scrambles and gets top position again against Markes, Markes sweeps O’Connell again to get top position once more. O’Connell gets to his feet and he gets into a wild striking exchange with Markes, Markes scores another takedown on O’Connell and he gets back control. O’Connell scrambles to his feet as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Markes

Round Two: The round begins with Markes attacking O’Connell with some leg kicks, O’Connell drops a swinging Markes with a counter left hook and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Sean O’Connell def. Ronny Markes by TKO via strikes (0:41, R2)

Efrain Escudero vs. Jason High

Round One: The round begins with High kicking Escudero in the midsection, Escudero goes for a takedown and High catches him in a guillotine choke. Escudero escapes after falling backwards and both fighters get back to their feet, High holds Escudero against the cage wall while the two exchange strikes. High starts attacking Escudero with some knee strikes to the midsection, the fighters separate and High nails Escudero with a left to the midsection. Escudero gets behind High and he gets him up against the cage wall, High scores a takedown on Escudero and he gets him in the seated position. High lands a few strikes as Escudero scrambles to his feet, High scores yet another takedown on Escudero and he gets the open guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for High

Round Two: The round begins with High immediately cracking Escudero with a left to the midsection, Escudero charges forward and swings away at High. Escudero gets High against the cage wall before the fighters separate, High scores a takedown on Escudero and he gets the full guard. High transitions to the half guard on Escudero while landing a few strikes, Escudero eventually gets High back in his full guard. High regains the half guard while peppering Escudero with some strikes, Escudero again gets High back in his full guard as the round comes to an end.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for High (Overall Score: 20-18 for High)

Round Three: The round begins with High attacking Escudero with some front kicks, Escudero attacks High with some punching combinations. High goes for a takedown and Escudero catches him in a guillotine choke to force a tap out. High clearly didn't actually tap out, and is protesting the stoppage. 

Official Result: Efrain Escudero def. Jason High by submission via guillotine choke (0:35, R3)

Kayla Harrison vs. Brittany Elkin

Round One: The round begins with Elkin nailing an incoming Harrison with a punching combination, Harrison grabs Elkin and holds her against the cage wall. Harrison scores a takedown on Elkin and she gets the full guard, Harrison transitions to side control after landing a few strikes. Harrison moves to the half guard while nailing Elkin with more strikes, Harrison gains back control on Elkins while landing more strikes. Harrison attacks Elkins with ground and pound, Harrison rolls for an arm bar and Elkins taps out.

Official Result: Kayla Harrison def. Brittany Elkin by submission via arm bar (3:18, R1)

Brian Foster vs. Ramsey Nijem

Round One: The round begins with Nijem attacking Foster with a punching combination, the fighters would then get into a wild striking exchange. Foster scores a takedown on Nijem and Nijem gets up a few moments later, Nijem gets Foster against the cage wall while landing knee strikes. Nijem scores a takedown and Foster sweeps him to get top position, Foster transitions to back control against Nijem. Nijem sweeps Foster and gains top position with the half guard, Nijem starts attacking Foster with some ground and pound. Foster causes a scramble to get head control on Nijem, Nijem powers through Foster and he regains top control. Foster uses a kimura sweep to regain top position as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Foster

Round Two: The round begins with Nijem kicking Foster in the midsection, Foster starts attacking Nijem with some leg kicks. Foster goes for a guillotine choke and Nijem escapes to get top position on the ground, Nijem attacks Foster with a few strikes. Foster does his best to nail Nijem with some strikes while on his back, Nijem jumps to full mount and he catches Foster in a guillotine choke. Foster escapes the choke and get top position on the ground, Foster postures up and he swings away at Nijem as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Nijem (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with both fighters going for spinning back kicks, Foster crushes Nijem with a flying knee strikes and he pounces on him with strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Brian Foster def. Ramsey Nijem by TKO via strikes (0:23, R3)

Luiz Firmino vs. Will Brooks

Round One: The round begins with Brooks jabbing away at Firmino, Brooks scores a takedown on Firmino and he gets head control. Firmino gets to his feet and he goes for a jump guillotine choke, Brooks escapes the choke and gets top position on the ground. Brooks gains the half guard against Firmino before posturing up, the referee eventually intervenes and allows Firmino to stand up. Brooks goes right back to jabbing away at Firmino, Firmino comes forward and he swings away at Brooks. Firmino gets Brooks against the cage wall, the two fighters separate after exchanging knee strikes. Firmino scores a takedown on Brooks and he gets the half guard, Brooks scrambles to his feet as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Brooks

Round Two: The round begins with Brooks attacking Firmino with some leg kicks, Firmino looks for the takedown after attacking Brooks with a high kick. Brooks scores a takedown on Firmino and he gets the half guard, Firmino scrambles to his feet and Brooks gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Brooks nails Firmino with a two punch combination, Firmino catches Brooks with a knee strike followed by a right. The fighters separate and they exchange some jabs, Firmino comes forward and he nails Brooks with an uppercut. Brooks scores a takedown on Firmino and he gets the half guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Brooks (Overall Score: 20-18 for Brooks)

Round Three: The round begins with Brooks scoring a takedown on Firmino and he gets the open guard, Brooks briefly gains the half guard while nailing Firmino with a few strikes. Firmino rolls for a heel hook and Brooks nails him with more strikes, Firmino gets up and Brooks gets him against the cage wall. Brooks scores another takedown on Firmino and he gets the half guard, Brooks maintains top position and lands some more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Brooks (Final Score: 30-27 for Brooks)

Official Result: Will Brooks def. Luiz Firmino by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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