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Professional Fighters League 2: Harrison vs. Rodriguez fight card preview

Here’s the deal for Professional Fighters League’s sophomore event this Saturday, including Andre Harrison vs. Steven Rodriguez in the main event.


The Professional Fighters League is set for their sophomore show this Saturday, as Everett, Washington is playing host to PFL 2: Harrison vs. Rodriguez. The top of the billing will see the undefeated Andre Harrison look to keep his perfect record intact as he squares of with Steven Rodriguez. The co-main event of the evening will witness MMA mainstay Yushin Okami look to make it four straight wins as he takes on the aggressive Brazilian Andre Lobato. There are quite a few recognizable names on this PFL card, such as Jake Shields, Bruno Santos, Josh Copeland, Jared Rosholt, Luiz Firmino, and even the polarizing Mike Kyle. Saturday’s PFL 2 main card can be seen live on NBC Sports Network at 9:00 P.M. ET with the prelims streaming online.

Main Card: 9:00 P.M. ET on NBC Sports

Andre Harrison (16-0) vs. Steven Rodriguez (10-2): Featherweight

Andre Harrison is looking to keep his flawless 16-0 record intact by putting on another dominant performance like the one we saw from him in his previous outing at WSOF 35, where he captured the featherweight title from Team Alpha Male’s Lance Palmer. Harrison has been coming into his own when it comes to pulling the trigger on the feet, as he was able to drop Palmer at multiple moments in that fight. With his athleticism, wrestling abilities, and new found confidence in his striking, don’t be surprised to see Harrison sticking around at the top of the 145 division.

Steven Rodriguez scored a huge win over Alexandre Almeida in his last bout at WSOF 35 this past March, which makes it nine straight W’s for the Costa Rican fighter. Rodriguez is in for a tall order, as Harrison not only has the experience edge in terms of caliber of opponents, but also appears to be a much more polished version of Rodriguez. If Rodriguez can pull off the upset, then he will take the some of the spot light off of Harrison, and shine it in his own general direction.

Yushin Okami (33-10-1-1) vs. Andre Lobato (25-6-1): Welterweight

The 36-year-old Yushin Okami has gained a bit of traction in the twilight of his career, as the long-time MMA veteran has reeled off three consecutive wins, including a split decision victory over Paul Bradley at WSOF NYC this past December. Having an opponent that is making his big stage debut could be a major advantage for the highly seasoned Okami, but will his salty dog savvy be enough to make it to four straight wins?

Andre Lobato has a chance to burst into the public eye if he can knock off someone with a well-known name like Okami. Lobato can be aggressive both on the feet, and with his savage ground and pound, but submissions are really his bread and butter as 17 of 24 wins involved his opponent crying uncle. Can Lobato use his physical advantages to best an old school vet in order to make a name for himself in the PFL?

Jake Shields (31-9-1-1) vs. Danny Davis Jr. (13-11-1): Welterweight

The legend that is Jake Shields is looking to rebound after coming up short in back-to-back title fights in the WSOF, the first being a submission loss to Rousimar Palhares and the other a decision loss to Jon Fitch. Shields has been facing the upper echelon of MMA competition for some time now, including somewhat recent wins over both competitors involved in Saturday’s UFC 214 welterweight title fight, Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley, so it’s fair to say that Shields is now facing his lowest level of opposition in over a decade.

Danny Davis Jr. is a consummate journeyman who has proven to be a tough out for anyone, as the Xtreme Couture affiliate has not been finished in about half a decade. Davis is set to face the biggest name of his 25-fight career, and win or lose, being able to say you competed against Jake Shields is a pretty badass story to tell your grandkids. Will Davis make the most of this opportunity?

Bruno Santos (15-2) vs. Rex Harris (10-2): Middleweight

The 15-2 Bruno Santos is a hulking figure that uses his physical attributes to muscle his way to victory. Although he is an absolute powerhouse with freakish strength, Santos has only scored two finishes in his career, pro fight #1 and #3, with 13 of his 15 wins coming by way of decision. Having already competed on the big stage in the UFC, will his experience coupled with his physical gifts be the key to success for Santos?

Before the dismantling of the WSOF, Rex Harris was cutting his teeth on the promotion’s undercards, winning three straight for them and six straight overall. Harris brings a bit of professional boxing experience with him to the Decagon, so you can expect to see some fluid combinations, especially if Santos is unable to close the distance. This will be Harris’ toughest test to date, but if he can get through Santos, then he will pick up a quality name win, and put the 185 division on notice.

Prelims: Streaming online

Josh Copeland vs. Mike Kyle: Heavyweight

Jared Rosholt vs. Nick Rossborough: Heavyweight

Luiz Firmino vs. Eddy Ellis: Lightweight

Louis Taylor vs. Zach Conn: Middleweight

Dale Sopi vs. Jared Torgeson: Heavyweight

Miles Hunsinger vs. Andy Nigretto: Welterweight

Puna Soriano vs. John Gover: Welterweight