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Blagoy Ivanov, Lance Palmer victorious at PFL Fight Night

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Blagoy Ivanov scored a decision victory in his PFL debut.
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Professional Fighters League put on its third event Thursday night, and two former WSOF champions were victorious in Washington, D.C.

Ex-WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov took on Brazilian veteran Caio Alencar in the main event, and the Bulgarian talent scored an unanimous decision win after three slow-paced rounds.

Both fighters traded leg kicks and body kicks for the majority of the contest. Ivanov landed the heaviest punches, hitting Alencar with a pair of left hands that didn’t do much damage.

Ivanov, who was poked in the eye in the second round, kept chasing Alencar as he moved backwards for most of the bout. In the end, Ivanov improved to 16-1 in MMA as all three judges gave him the win (29-28x2, 29-27).

In the co-main event, former WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer took on UFC veteran Steven Siler, and bounced back into the winning column with an unanimous decision.

Palmer, who lost two of his last three WSOF fights, dropped Siler with a left hand in the opening round, but couldn’t secure the finish. He continued to use his wrestling to take the action to the ground and score points, but had to work to escape from a tight guillotine choke from Siler in the final round. Palmer also went for the finish on the ground with a rear-naked choke in the final moments of the fight, but Siler escaped only to lose a decision.

The second heavyweight bout in the card didn’t last long. After competing under the UFC and Strikeforce banners throughout his 40-fight MMA career, Mike Kyle only needed 61 seconds to stop Bellator veteran Daniel Gallemore.

Kyle, who lost to Josh Copeland in his PFL debut back in July, forced referee Mario Yamasaki to stop the action after dropping Gallemore with five knees in the clinch to score his first win since January.

One of the rising stars in the WSOF bantamweight division, Timur Valiev dominated Josenaldo Silva on Thursday night.

With perfectly-timed takedowns, Valiev took Silva’s back several times over the course of the bout, landing heavy punches and elbows before finally getting the tap with a rear-naked choke with 2:42 left in the clock in the final round.

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