PFL 2024 has arrived! Taila Santos opens season in search of the millionaire prize this Thursday

In addition to Taila Santos, three other Brazilians take the yellow-green flag to the PFL cage; see details

Taila Santos weighing in at the PFL. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter/@PFLMMA

Taila Santos weighing in at PFL. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter/@PFLMMA

The time has come to open the season PFL. This Thursday (4), in San Francisco (USA), the first fights of the 2024 edition will take place, with the kickoff being made in the flyweight (up to 56,7kg) and heavyweight (up to 120,2kg) divisions. . In total, four Brazilians take the yellow-green flag to the circular cage and dream of a check for US$1 million (around R$5 million).

The leading role is the debut of Taila Santos in the organization. Although on the preliminary card, the former UFC belt challenger makes her debut with new gloves and comes face to face with compatriot Illara Joanne.

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Taila Santos makes her debut against Illara Joanne

New year and new life is what you hope to have Taila Santos. Brazilian representative in the UFC between 2019 and 2023, the 30-year-old from Santa Catarina came close to shocking the world the year before last, when she fought closely and lost a split decision in her fight against Valentina Shevchenko by the belt.

In search of recognition, Taila hoped to have a rematch, but his expectations were not met by the UFC. She even made another presentation at Dana White's company, but after another defeat – this time against Erin Blanchfield, the destiny was set for a new direction: the PFL.

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To overcome the negative series and in search of the millionaire prize in a new organization, the former UFC title challenger makes her debut against her compatriot Illara Joanne, representative of Pitbull Brothers, who is making the transition from Bellator to the PFL.

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Former Bellator champion, the Brazilian finally returns after health problems in the previous season, but needs to beat Liz Carmouche for the first time.

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The North American, known for starring in the UFC's first female confrontation with Ronda Rousey, has already beaten Velasquez on two occasions – both for the Bellator title. In the initial meeting, in April 2022, a controversial outcome meant that the Brazilian lost her unbeaten career record via knockout in the fourth round.

Eight months later, in the same year, the scenario repeated itself again, with the North American winning by submission in the second round. And now, with the new gloves, change is necessary to overcome the 'North American ghost' and smile again.

PFL 1 2024 technical sheet

Order date: April 04th 2024

Open Hours: From 19pm (Brasília time)

Location: Boeing Center, San Antonio, United States

How to watch: SUPER FIGHTS LIVE, Canal Combate (the entire card) on TV and CombatePlay (the entire card) on the internet

MAIN CARD (23pm Brasília time):

Heavy weight (up to 120,2kg): Before Delija x Valentin Moldavsky

Heavyweight (up to 120,2kg): Denis Goltsov x Linton Vassell

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Liz Carmouche x Juliana Velasquez

Heavyweight (up to 120,2kg): Tyrell Fortune x Daniel James

PRELIMINARY CARD (19pm Brasília time):

Heavy weight (up to 120,2kg): Marcelo golm x Daniel James

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Dakota Ditcheva x Lisa Mauldin

Heavy weight (up to 120,2kg): Blagoy Ivanov x Sergei Bilostenniy

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Taila Santos x Ilara Joanne

Heavyweight (up to 120,2kg): Steve Mowry x Oleg Popov

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Kana Watanabe x Shanna Young

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Chelsea Hackett x Jena Bishop

Flyweight (up to 56,7kg): Lucas Brennan x Dimitre Ivy

Bantamweight (up to 61,2kg): Ty Johnson x Bryce Meredith

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