PFL 3 Results: Renan Ferreira Taps, Then Knocks Out Fabricio Werdum

The main event of last night’s PFL 3 ended in a controversial call after the referee appeared to miss Renan Ferreira tapping out to a choke from Fabricio Werdum.

Werdum kicked off the fight by quickly bringing Ferreira to the ground, battling against his opponent’s efforts to get back to his feet and attempting to transition to mount. While Ferreira managed to get the top position, he soon found himself inside Werdum’s triangle choke. Ferreira appeared to tap multiple times, but the referee didn’t stop the fight. Werdum’s triangle loosened, and Ferreira defended against a momentary armbar attempt to get on top and land a series of hammerfists until Werdum went out.

Ferreira was declared the winner by knockout in a huge and controversial upset at 2:32 in the first round.

In a post-fight interview, Werdum claimed to have loosened the triangle after feeling his opponent tap.


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ESPN has since reported that Werdum has filed an appeal with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.


  • Renan Ferreira def. Fabricio Werdum via KO (Round 1)
  • Kayla Harrison def. Mariana Morais via TKO (Round 1)
  • Brandon Sayles def. Mohammed Usman via rear naked choke (Round 2)
  • Larissa Pacheco def. Julija Pajic via TKO (Round 1)
  • Bruno Cappelozza def. Ante Delija via KO (Round 1)
  • Kaitlin Young def. Cindy Dandois via decision
  • Genah Fabian def. Laura Sanchez via decision
  • Denis Goltsov def. Muhammed Dereese via TKO (Round 1)
  • Taylor Guardado def. Helena Kolesnyk via decision
  • Magomed Umalatov def. Kyron Bowen via TKO (Round 2)



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