HYDEN BLOG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from PFL 3 and the Current Standings for the 2024 Season

By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist

PFL 3 from Chicago, IL was the third event of the 2024 season and included matchups featuring welterweights and featherweights. There
were six fights on the main card, two winners got the coveted six points for finishes in the first round while another got five points
and the other three winners got three points for decision wins. Who are the winners who got the points? Let’s get to the rundown.

PFL-2024 Season
GOOD- Kai Kamaka III vs. Bubba Jenkins
They start off with kicks before Jenkins shoots in for a takedown. He can’t get it but they’re fighting on the fence for a while. They resume trading strikes for a while and the first round ends. The
second round begins with them trading punches before Jenkins gets a
takedown. Kamaka is up but Jenkins takes him back down again and the
second round ends. The third round starts with the fighters trading
kicks before Jenkins gets another takedown. Kamaka is quickly back up,
though, and he starts tearing into Jenkins with some power punches.
Kamaka is really doing some damage here with these strikes. That continues until the fight ends. He’s not able to finish Jenkins as
he’s too tough but he hurt him badly there. We go to the judges to render their verdict. Kamaka wins the decision to improve to 13-5-1
and has won 4 straight fights while Jenkins drops to 21-8. Good win for Kamaka.

GOOD- Goiti Yamauchi vs. Neiman Gracie
Yamauchi lands some good power strikes early that cause Gracie to go
to the mat to try to get the fight moved there. It doesn’t work and Yamauchi continues to land at will. It appears he drops Gracie at one
point with a strike but Gracie obviously wants this fight on the mat so I’m not sure if it was completely from the strike or not and the first round ends. The second round begins with Gracie backing away
from Yamauchi to try to trap him. This leads to a slowdown in the action but Gracie does connect with several strikes before the second
round ends. The third round starts with Yamauchi landing more strikes
before Gracie starts spamming takedown attempts. He’s not able to get
any of them as Yamauchi sprawls well and the fight ends. We go to the
judges to render their verdict. Yamauchi wins the decision to improve to 29-6 while Gracie drops to 12-5. Good win for Yamauchi.

GOOD- Gabriel Braga stops Justin Gonzales
Gonzales has striking success early and also gets a takedown. They end
up separating and go back to striking. Just as the first round is
about to expire, Braga nails Gonzales with a short left hook that
knocks him out with one second remaining in the first round. Whoa.
Braga improves to 13-1 while Gonzales drops to 14-4 and has lost 3 straight fights. Good win for Braga.

GOOD- Shamil Musaev stops Logan Storely
They clinch early before a huge spinning body kick from Musaev hurts Storely. Musaev continues battering Storely and drops him with a right hand. Storely fights on but gets dropped again by more punches after a
jumping knee. Storely is saved by the bell, though. The second round begins with Musaev crushing Storely with a big right hand that drops
him. He follows up with more punches and the referee is forced to jump
in to stop the fight just under thirty seconds into the second round.
Musaev improves to a nearly perfect 15-0-1 while Storely drops to 15-3. Good win for Musaev.

GOOD/BAD- Brendan Loughnane stops Pedro Carvalho
They’re trading strikes early until Loughnane drops Carvalho with a
right hand. Loughnane is punching away at Carvalho, who’s on his knees
trying to grab Loughnane’s legs. The referee jumps in to stop the fight not quite a minute and a half into the first round. Seems early to me but Loughnane was looking pretty good. At the same time, though,
Carvalho wasn’t close to going out. Not a great stoppage in my eyes
but maybe I missed something? Regardless, Loughnane improves to 28-5
while Carvalho drops to 13-9 and has lost 3 straight fights. Good win for Loughnane.

GOOD/BAD- Magomed Umalatov vs. Andrey Koreshkov
Koreshkov is firing kicks early before Umalatov gets a takedown.
Koreshkov is right back up, though. Umalatov gets a throw and is on
top. Koreshkov threatens with an omoplata but Umalatov escapes and the
first round ends. The second round begins with Umalatov knocking
Koreshkov down with a big right hand. Koreshkov gets up and they struggle for a while before Umalatov gets another takedown. Not a lot
going on until the final seconds, when both men stand and Umalatov
lands a flying knee. The third round starts with them trading kicks.
Umalatov gets a takedown and again the action slows considerably. The fight ends with them on the ground. Not the most exciting of fights but we go to the judges to render their verdict. Umalatov wins the decision and improves to a perfect 15-0 while Koreshkov drops to 27-5 and has his 5 fight winning streak snapped. Good win for Umalatov.

To recap for those who may not know. PFL scoring is as follows.
Win: 3 points
Loss: 0 points
Failure to make weight: -1 points and cannot earn any points from the bout

Bonus points for Finish by KO or Sub
Round 1: 3 points
Round 2: 2 points
Round 3: 1 point

So a maximum of 6 points can be earned in one fight.

After the first events the standings are:

6 points: Brendan Loughnane (28-5)
6 points: Gabriel Braga (13-1)
3 points: Timur Khizriev (15-0)
3 points: Adam Borics (19-2)
3 points: Kai Kamaka (13-5-1)

6 points: Don Madge (11-4-1)
6 points: Murad Ramazanov (12-0, 1 No Contest)
5 points: Shamil Musaev (15-0-1)
3 points: Magomed Umalatov (15-0)
3 points: Goiti Yamauchi (29-6)

The other divisions are as follows:

6 points: Valentin Moldavsky (13-3, 1 No Contest)
6 points: Oleg Popov (17-1)
5 points: Daniel James (15-7-1, 1 No Contest)
4 points: Denis Goltsov (33-8)
3 points: Sergei Bilostenniy (12-3)

Light Heavyweight
6 points: Rob Wilkinson (18-2, 1 No Contest)
6 points: Josh Silveira (13-2)
6 points: Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (22-7-1)
6 points: Impa Kasanganay (16-4)
6 points: Antonio Carlos Jr. (16-5, 2 No Contests)

5 points: Michael Dufort (13-4)
5 points: Clay Collard (25-12, 1 No Contest)
5 points: Brent Primus (13-3, 1 No Contest)
4 points: Elvin Espinoza (10-0)
3 points: Gadzhi Rabadanov (21-4-2)

6 points: Dakota Ditcheva (11-0)
6 points: Taila Santos (20-3)
6 points: Jena Bishop (7-0)
3 points: Liz Carmouche (21-7)
3 points: Kana Watanabe (13-2-1)

The season just began so the standings will likely look different at the end but those names are in good shape moving forward.

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