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Two-time Olympic medalist Kayla Harrison enhanced her reputation as one of MMA’s rising stars on New Year’s Eve, dominating Larissa Pacheco to win the Professional Fight League (PFL) main event along with its 155 pound title and a cheque for $1 million inside Madison Square Garden.

Harrison came out on top in the tournament which came after a ‘regular season’ on a night in which numerous world champions were crowned, each winner automatically being made millionaires thanks to the extensive cash prize.

Harrison’s performance left no doubt in the mind of the judges, as the judoka dominated proceedings from bell to bell and utilised several clever techniques to dominate position throughout. Brazilian opponent Pacheco had occasional success with her strikes and offered some submission attempts from the bottom but the (now) 7-0 Harrison proved too savvy an opponent to fall into any traps.

Elsewhere on the card, Ray Cooper III beat David Mitchell to win the 170 pound tournament and title belt, while there was also wins for Ali Isayev (heavyweight), Natan Schulte (lightweight), Lance Palmer (featherweight) and Emiliano Sordi (light heavyweight).

Popular UK fighter Brendan Loughnane also fought on the prelims, beating David Valente by unanimous decision on the undercard. He is expected to compete in the PFL’s next featherweight season.

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