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  • PFL Results: Dakota Ditcheva Makes Perfect Start, Valentin Moldavsky Scores First Round Finish

PFL 1 results: Dakota Ditcheva makes perfect start, Valentin Moldavsky scores first round finish

Britain's Dakota Ditcheva improved her unbeaten record as the new PFL Global Season officially kicked off in San Antonio, Texas.

In the main event Valentin Moldavsky picked up a TKO victory over 2022 PFL Heavyweight Champion Ante Delija in the first round.

Moldavsky overwhelmed Delija, landing heavy strikes en route to the stoppage in his PFL debut. The former Bellator World Champion currently sits atop the Heavyweight division with six points.

In the co-main event of the evening, 2023 PFL Heavyweight runner-up Denis Goltsov faced Linton Vassell in Season action. The two Heavyweights went back-and-forth, with Goltsov securing a third round TKO victory and earning four points in the standings.

Bellator veterans Liz Carmouche and Juliana Velasquez faced off in Women’s Flyweight action with Carmouche defeating Velasquez via unanimous decision. The victory gave Carmouche her third win over Velasquez and three points in the PFL Global Season standings while improving her career record to 21-7.

The 2023 PFL Europe Women’s Flyweight Champion, Dakota Ditcheva, battled 2023 PFL Challenger Series finalist Lisa Mauldin in a Women’s Flyweight contest. Ditcheva made quick work of Mauldin with a first round TKO and earned six points in the division, improving her undefeated record to 11-0.

Heavyweights Daniel James and Marcelo Golm closed out the night’s undercard action. James defeated Golm by first round TKO (4:59), yet only earned five points in the standings after he received a one point penalty for missing weight.

Further Heavyweight action saw Sergei Bilostenniy defeat Blagoy Ivanov via unanimous decision and earned three points in the Heavyweight Division. Bilostenniy’s career record now stands at 12-3.

In Women’s Flyweight action, Taila Santos submitted Ilara Joanne at 3:57 in the 1st round via rear-naked choke. The victory improved Santos’ professional record to 20-3 and earned her six points in the standings.

The 2024 PFL Global Season Heavyweight action began with Oleg Popov facing Steve Mowry. Popov, making his Professional Fighters League debut, defeated Mowry by TKO at 3:47 of the second round. The win was Popov’s 15th straight, giving him five points in the Heavyweight standings.

Judo black belt Kana Watanabe matched up with Shanna Young in an exciting Women’s Flyweight division contest. Watanabe earned the unanimous decision victory in her PFL Global Season debut and secured three points in the division.

The PFL’s first Women’s Flyweight Division matchup of the 2024 PFL Global Season featured Australia’s Chelsea Hackett and Bellator veteran, Jena Bishop. Bishop locked Hackett in an armbar forcing Hackett to tap at 4:50 of the opening round and the victory earned Bishop six points.

In a Featherweight Showcase bout, Dimitry Ivy handed Lucas Brennan his first career loss via unanimous decision and pushed his career record to 13-7.

In a Bantamweight Showcase bout, Bryce Meredith made his PFL debut and defeated Ty Johnson by unanimous decision, moving his undefeated career record to 6-0.

The 2024 PFL Global Season action returns on Friday, April 12 at The Theater At Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas with Light Heavyweight and Lightweight action.

All 2024 PFL Global Season events are live across ESPN platforms in the U.S. and DAZN in Canada and Europe with additional international premium sports platform distribution reaching 160 countries globally.


PFL San Antonio Main Card Results:

Valentin Moldavsky (13-3-1 NC) def. Ante Delija (24-6) 1st round TKO (2:17)
Denis Goltsov (32-8-0) def. Linton Vassell (23-8) 3rd round TKO (3:11)
Liz Carmouche (20-7) def. Juliana Velasquez (12-2) unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dakota Ditcheva (11-0) def. Lisa Mauldin (6-3-0) 1st round TKO (3:54)

Early Card Results:

Daniel James (14-7-1, 1 NC) def. Marcelo Golm (10-4) 1st round TKO (4:59)
Sergey Bilostenniy (12-3) def. Blagoy Ivanov (19-7-1 NC) unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Taila Santos (20-3) def. Ilara Joanne (11-9) 1st round submission (3:57) 
Oleg Popov (17-1) def. Steve Mowry (10-2-1, 1 NC) 2nd round TKO (3:47) 
Kana Watanabe (13-2-1) def. Shanna Young (9-6) unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 
Jena Bishop (7-0) def. Chelsea Hackett (4-2-1) 1st round submission (4:50) 
Dimitre Ivy (13-7) def. Lucas Brennan (9-1) unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bryce Meredith (6-0) def. Ty Johnson (13-7) unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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