Renan Ferrerira defeated Fabricio Werdum at the PFL 3 following one controversial battle.
Ferreira knocked out the older compatriots at 2:32 of the first round, but previously it seems that he tapped out during one of Werdum’s submission attacks.
The judge in the octagon, Keith Peterson, apparently didn’t see what happened, and she allowed the fight to continue. In the meantime, Werdum stopped with his triangle choke, but Ferreira came back to fight him with no signs of the judge’s reaction.
Ferreira got away from the nasty position, and along the way, hurt Werdum with a couple of big punches that definitely shook the former UFC heavyweight champion. As the fight went on, it was more and more obvious that Werdum has no chances of escaping a loss as Ferreira gained a favorable position, starting to deliver nasty hits.
Eventually, hammerfists ended the job, and this time, judge Peterson had to interfere and stop the bout. She would receive a massive negative backlash following the fight, as well as Ferreira.
Many believe that Peterson’s poor guidance of the fight and Ferreira’s dishonest behavior were the two biggest reasons for Werdum’s loss. The 43-year old veteran was a favorite coming into this event, and not just that, but he performed better in the opening moments.
The situation with the controversial tapping out will see an appeal per Werdum’s manager Ali Abdelaziz. PFL will have to send the footage of the fight to the NJACB, which is going to make the final verdict for this case.
A second big name that landed from the UFC during this season suffered a loss at PFL on its debut. Following Anthony Pettis’ shocking decision loss to Clay Collard, this comes as another sensation.
A second most interesting match of the night, lightweight bout between Kayla Harrison and Mariana Morais, ended in just 83 seconds, with Harrison remaining perfect, earning her ninth career win.-->
The American entered the match furiously, immediately tarting to pressure the rival and hurt her with high kicks. After a short exchange and some close fight, Harrison made a successful takedown, taking over the full control from that moment on. She didn’t need too much time before unloading numerous ground and pound strikes, forcing the judge in the ring, Gary Copeland, to stop the battle.