Undefeated Andre Harrison Dominates Steven Rodriguez in PFL ‘Everett’ Headliner

By Mike Sloan Jul 29, 2017
Professional Fighters League featherweight champion Andre Harrison showed once again why he is considered one of MMA’s best-kept secrets, as he dominated Steven Rodriguez in the PFL 2 main event on Saturday at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington.

Harrison outstruck the Costa Rican on the feet and outmuscled him in the clinch, but he did his best work when he executed takedowns and mauled Rodriguez on the canvas. The challenger refused to yield, but Harrison was relentless and won a lopsided unanimous decision. All three cageside judges scored it 49-46 for Harrison, who remained undefeated at 17-0.

The well-traveled Yushin Okami was equally impressive against Andre Lobato in the welterweight co-feature. The Japanese veteran took down Lobato at will, controlling him with suffocating pressure and strikes from top position. He had no answers for Okami, who cruised to a convincing unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 30-25.

Former Shooto and Strikeforce champion Jake Shields had no issues with Danny Davis Jr., as he grounded the Xtreme Couture rep repeatedly, softened him with punches and threatened with countless submission attempts, primarily the rear-naked choke. Davis survived to the final bell but found himself on the wrong side of a 30-25, 30-24 and 30-24 unanimous decision.

Finally, Bruno Santos was in charge of virtually every aspect of his fight with Rex Harris. Santos struck for several takedowns and did as he pleased on the canvas, save for the finish. After three rounds, all three judges scored it 30-27 for Santos.

In other action, Josh Copeland defeated fellow heavyweight Mike Kyle via unanimous decision, earning 29-28 scores across the board; heavyweight Jared Rosholt thrashed journeyman Nick Rossborough to a unanimous decision, drawing 30-25 marks from all three judges; lightweight Luiz Firmino stopped Eddy Ellis with a left hook 1:45 into the first round; middleweight Louis Taylor zipped past Zach Conn to a unanimous decision, sweeping the scorecards with matching 30-27 nods; heavyweight Jared Torgeson edged Dale Sopi via split decision -- 29-28, 29-28, 28-29; welterweight Miles Hunsinger outpointed Andy Nigretto to a unanimous decision, taking 30-27 scores on all three scorecards; and Punahele Soriano pummeled Jon Gover with punches, stopping him at 2:36 of the first round.
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