PFL World Championship Finals 2023 live fight updates, results, highlights from MMA event

The Professional Fighters League began its 2023 season in April, and since then, fight fans have witnessed intense knockouts and major upsets. On November 24, the World Championship Finals take place at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. The event will air on ESPN+ in the U.S.

Several new faces will appear at the finals. Jesus Pinedo looks to continue his Cinderella Story against Gabriel Braga when the two fight for featherweight bragging rights. Meanwhile, Renan Ferreira vs. Denis Goltsov face off at heavyweight. And finally, a new light heavyweight king will be crowned as Josh Silveira fights Impa Kasanganay.

Old champions return as Olivier Aubin-Mercier faces boxer Clay Collard in lightweight action. Also, the 2022 lightweight champion Larissa Pacheco faces Marina Mokhnatkina at featherweight, while Sadibou Sy defends his status as a champion against Magomed Magomedkerimov, a familiar foe. 

Other fighters that will compete on the card will be the returning Kayla Harrison and Ray Cooper III. Biaggio Ali Walsh competes in another amateur fight, while Derek Brunson makes his PFL SmartCage debut. 

WATCH: PFL World Championship Finals, exclusively on ESPN+

Who will walk out of Washington D.C. with gold and $1 million? The Sporting News will provide results and highlights from the PFL World Championship Finals.

2023 PFL World Championship Finals results, highlights

Round three: 

Round two: Collard tried to land combinations to start, attempting to land decisive blows. High kick by OAM landed and he landed a counter hook. Collard landed body shots and avoided a takedown. OAM looked hurt as he attempted that takedown. The boxer in Collard landed body shots on the inside but OAM countered with a takedown. On Collard’s back, OAM smothered Collard. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Aubin-Mercier (20-18 Aubin-Mercier)

Round one: Collard landed a leg kick to start. He landed jabs and used his boxing defense to avoid being hit. Both traded leg kicks. OAM with a kick to the stomach. Sharp right hands by Collard followed by a leg kick by OAM and a takedown. He drove Collard on his head on the mat and ragdolled him around the cage. OAM tried for the rear-naked choke. Collard reversed and attempted a leglock. Again on the back, OAM landed clean shots to a defenseless Collard. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Aubin-Mercier

The main event is next: 2022 winner Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Clay Collard. OAM has called for retirement after this fight. Will that affect his mindset? Collard has been the MVP for PFL this year, and was in the Top Rank Bubble. Can he get the big win?

Heavyweight power: Renan Ferreira bounces back with knockout win against Denis Goltsov

Round two: Ferreira landed quick shots that dropped Goltsov right away. The referee called the fight off and Ferreira got the win. One right changed the result of the fight. 

Round one: The action was hot right awayGoltsov went for the takedown after going against the cage. He trapped Ferreira’s arm in an attempt to submit him. Goltsov continued to have control time and did not let up through the round. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Goltsov

Heavyweights are in action next, as Renan Ferreira faces Denis Goltsov. 

Larissa Pacheco becomes two-division PFL champion with win over Marina Mokhnatkina

Round five: Pacheco hammered away when Mokhnatkina tried for a takedown. Low leg kick by Pacheco. Big right by Pacheco and a high kick. Mokhnatkina did catch her there and ended up on top while on the floor. Mokhnatkina landed with some clubbing blows for her first real shot since the kneebar. She held control until the last bell, which didn’t matter in the long run. Pacheco becomes the first two-division PFL champion. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Mokhnatkina (49-46 Pacheco)

Round four: A right hand by Pacheco connected. Mokhnatkina landed a leg kick and a jab. Pacheco tossed her on the floor and landed a triangle. Reversed, Mokhnatkina landed another leg submission, this time a heel hook. Back up, they exchanged shots. Pacheco landed a big right, and when Mokhnatkina went to take her down, Pacheco countered. The pace slowed way down as the two were getting tired. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pacheco (40-36 Pacheco)

Round three: Pacheco landed combinations as Mokhnatkina tried to land spinning shots. Big knee by Pacheco, who later landed additional combinations. She almost knocked Mokhnatkina out with a big knee when the latter was going for a takedown. Guillotine attempt was blocked by Pacheco, who ended up on top. On top, Pacheco landed hammerfists. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pacheco (30-27 Pacheco)

Round two: Mokhnatkina tried to grab the leg to open round two, but Pacheco avoided the ground game. The latter landed combinations, as both tried to slow the pace. Pacheco landed a big right and continued to counter all of Mokhnatkina’s shots. A nice takedown by Mokhnatkina, and Pacheco attempted the guillotine. Referee forced the action back on the feet, as Pacheco landed rights. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pacheco (20-18 Pacheco)

Round one: Pacheco landed a right hand to start the fight. She then hit combinations that hurt Mokhnatkina. Mokhnatkina went for a takedown but Pacheco blocked it. Leg kick and Mokhnatkina was running away. Combinations by Pacheco landed. A big right by Pacheco connected followed by a left. Mokhnatkina caught her leg and held her by the cage. Pacheco with a standing guillotine, but Mokhnatkina countered with a kneebar. Wow! After a few seconds of worrying, Pacheco got up top and started pounding away. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pacheco

2022 lightweight champion Larissa Pacheco, now fighting in a new division, faces Marina Mokhnatkina in featherweight action. 

Magomed Magomedkerimov goes 2-0 against Sadibou Sy, becomes a two-time PFL champion

Round three: Sy with a kick to the chest. He tried another kick but slipped. Straight rights by Magomedkerimov and then a guillotine attempt. He got the tap. Magomedkerimov goes 2-0 against Sadibou Sy and is a two-time PFL champion

Round two: Big right hand by Magomedkerimov to start round two. Sy with a kick that affected his balance. Magomedkerimov tried for a takedown, including a spinning body lock, which Sy avoided. Knee by Sy but Magomedkerimov countered with a right. Magomedkerimov caught Sy’s leg and landed a takedown, but Sy got right back up. Sy with a few leg kicks. Right hands by Magomedkerimov connect, as he attempted to land a left hook. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Magomedkerimov (20-18 Magomedkerimov)

Round one: Sy landed a kick to the chest but Magomedkerimov rushed after him to attempt a takedown. It was a stalemate at the feet until Magomedkerimov landed the takedown. Back on the feet, Sy tried to push Magomedkerimov off him. He landed a left as Magomedkerimov went for another takedown. Magomedkerimov with a shot to the face, which Sy brushed off. Big right from Magomedkerimov, and Sy tried to halt his momentum with a hold. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Magomedkerimov

Up next is Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Sadibou Sy in welterweight action. This is a rematch from the semi-finals in 2021, where the former won via UD. Sy won the finals in 2022.

Calm Impa Kasanganay outstrikes Josh Silveira to win PFL light heavyweight gold

Round five: Silveira ended round four on a high note. He tried to continue that run in round five. Kasanganay landed combinations and started swinging away, which Wiz Khalifa recommended Silveira do. High kick by Silveira, then a low kick. Elbow on the inside by Kasanganay followed by jabs. Another takedown countered by Kasanganay, who danced at the final bell, knowing he won gold. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Kasanganay (50-45)

Round four: Combinations landed by Kasanganay to open the round. Left hook by Kasanganay as Silveira’s strong chin is the only thing keeping him in this. More combinations by Kasanganay land. A body shot connected and he later connected with jabs and hooks. Hook landed while Silveira attempted to act as the aggressor for the first time.

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Kasanganay (40-36)

Round three: Kasanganay came in like a bat out of hell. Attempting a takedown, Silveira was blocked. Kasanganay had the takedown edge and landing a big uppercut. He landed a submission but Silveira did not tap. An arm triangle and clubbing blows has Silveira tired. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Kasanganay (30-27)

Round two: Kasanganay landed crisp shots by the cage to start the second round. In the clinch, Kasanganay landed uppercuts. Marching forward like a Terminator, Kasanganay managed to avoid a takedown attempt by Silveira. A few seconds later, Silveira was able to do so. Kasanganay got up and went right to landing hard strikes. He hit a few rights and counter shots in the clinch. Stalking Silveira, Kasanganay would not back down. High head kick as Silveira’s hands were down. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Kasanganay (20-18)

Round one: Kasanganay went for the attack right away. Both attempted a takedown, and Silveira ended with cage control. He attempted a trip but Kasanganay ended up on top for a brief moment. A right and left by Kasanganay pushed Silveira back. The former continued to land flurries while Silveira landed a jab. Takedown by Silveira but Kasanganay was attacking the head. Kasanganay landed on top when Silveira almost had him on his back. By the cage, Kasanganay landed a leg kick and a few combinations. An uppercut caught Silveira by surprise.

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Kasanganay

9:15 p.m. ET: The first of five-straight title fights is up next: Impa Kasanganay vs. Josh Silveira. Kill Cliff vs. American Top Team for light heavyweight gold. Both have competed in the Challenger Series.

Harrison called out Bellator champion Cris Cyborg after the fight. The two have called the other out for years. 

Kayla Harrison returns to form, beats Aspen Ladd

9:05 p.m. ET: Knee to the face of Ladd with about a minute left, and another one. Ladd had one good shot to make the fight interesting. Standing by the cage, Harrison dropped Ladd before the final bell. She won via unanimous decision. 

9:00 p.m. ET: Harrison having no rust following a year away from the PFL is great for her progression. Round two saw a confident Harrison land swift jabs and a few hooks. She landed a right and then pushed Ladd to her back. Attempting to push her off, Ladd got back up, but could not find a clear edge. Harrison took Ladd’s hips and twisted her around onto the floor. Arm triangle attempt by Harrison. Ladd’s eye looks shut as round three began. Spinning attempt missed by Ladd. Jab pushed Ladd’s head back. Double leg takedown by Harrison, but then Ladd took her back. Harrison was too strong, and was on top again.

8:52 p.m. ET: Both slugged it out to open the fight. Harrison landed several jabs to an open Ladd. Ladd landed a few hooks. Harrison slipped on a high leg, and as Ladd went for a shot, Harrison dropped her down to the floor. On top, Harrison, now in side control, wouldn’t let Ladd budge. Ladd got up but Harrison reversed and put her back down. On top, Harrison landed several rights.  

8:45 p.m. ET: Up next is the PFL return of Kayla Harrison, who last fought in November 2022. She fights Aspen Ladd, who replaced Julia Budd. Will the layoff affect Harrison like it did Cooper?

Derek Brunson dominates against former champion Ray Cooper III in PFL debut

8:30 p.m. ET: Round two saw Brunson get a single leg takedown and landed on the back of Cooper. Brunson landed soft but effective shots to the face of Cooper as the latter hasn’t done anything of substance. Brunson was in control on the floor the entire time. No elbows are allowed in the PFL, which severely affected Brunson’s ability to end the fight early. Cooper got on top in round three and managed to find some momentum. Now Brunson got on top and started tagging away. That was the case until the end. Brunson wins via unanimous decision.

8:20 p.m. ET: Spinning kick by Brunson to start the fight. He backed Cooper in the corner right away. Right hand by Cooper, but Brunson blocked the shot, among several others. Off one foot, Cooper dropped Brunson. he landed crisp shots, but Brunson knocked him to the floor and landed hard shots on full mount. Left hands were pouring down on Cooper. Now combinations and Cooper had no answer until the end of the round.

8:15 p.m. ET: Former PFL champion Ray Cooper III faces former UFC fighter Derek Brunson to open the PPV. Cooper is fighting for the first time since July 2022 and missed weight. 

8 p.m. ET: The main card has begun. 

Bellator champion Patricio Freire and Jesus Pinedo faced off in the ring after the fight. The best of 145 fighting in 2024? Yes, please! 

Jesus Pinedo completes Cinderella Story, avenges early-season loss against Gabriel Braga

Round three: Pinedo has not given Braga a chance to breathe. A left hand, a knee and Pinedo had Braga against the cage. The referee saw enough after a flurry and Pinedo is a PFL champion! It might have been an early stoppage. He got a measure of revenge against Braga and finishes his Cinderella Story with a win. 

Round two: Braga’s nose was bleeding, which affected his breathing. Pinedo landed several counter shots to the face of Braga. Bellator champion Patricio Freire is in the house to look at his next potential opponent. As he got closer to Braga, Pinedo landed multiple shots to his face. Combinations landed on the part of Pinedo, and a knee to break through Braga’s defense. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pinedo (20-18 Pinedo) 

Round one: Braga started with the leg kick, and continued his assault. Meanwhile, Pinedo tried to strike his way to victory, eventually landing crisp shots. Pinedo went on the inside and his boxing shots to the face of Braga. High kick by Pinedo landed and they both landed high kicks. 

SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Pinedo 

7:20 p.m. ET: Gabriel Braga vs. Jesus Pinedo in featherweight action is the first championship fight of the night. Pinedo beat 2022 winner Brendan Loughnane and has a true Cinderella Story. It is a rematch from the beginning of the season.

7 p.m. ET: Biaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, defeated Joel Lopez following a brutal knockout in an amateur bout. He should be turning pro soon.

6:45 p.m. ET: In prelim action, Jesse Stirn defeated Josh Blyde via unanimous decision, while Phil Caracappa defeated Khai Wu.

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the PFL World Championship Finals!

2023 PFL World Championship Finals fight card

Main card

  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Clay Collard; PFL Lightweight Finals
  • Renan Ferreira def. Denis Goltsov via TKO (0:26 into round two) PFL Heavyweight Finals
  • Larissa Pacheco def. Marina Mokhnatkina via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46); PFL Featherweight Finals
  • Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Sadibou Sy via guillotine choke (1:17 into round three); PFL Welterweight Finals
  • Impa Kasanganay def. Josh Silveira via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45); PFL Light Heavyweight Finals
  • Kayla Harrison def. Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Derek Brunson def. Ray Cooper III via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)

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Prelims

  • Jesus Pinedo def. Gabriel Braga via TKO (0:58 into round three); PFL Featherweight Finals
  • Biaggio Ali Walsh def. Joel Lopez via KO (1:24 into round two)
  • Phil Caracappa def. Khai Wu unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)
  • Jesse Stirn def. Josh Blyde via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27)

When is 2023 PFL World Championship Finals

The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET, while the main event should begin at 12 a.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 

Region Date Main Card Start Time Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
USA and Canada (ET) Friday, November 24 8 p.m. ET 12 a.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Friday, November 24 5 p.m. PT 9 p.m. PT
UK and Ireland Saturday, November 25 1 a.m. GMT 5 a.m. GMT
Australia Saturday, November 25 12 p.m. AEDT 4 p.m. AEDT

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How to watch 2023 PFL World Championship Finals

Region TV channel Live streaming
USA ESPN ESPN+ PPV, FUBO
Canada TSN
UK and Ireland DAZN
Australia Stan Sport

In the U.S., the prelims of the World Championship Finals will begin on ESPN+. The main card will air on ESPN and ESPN+ PPV. It is also available to stream on FUBO, which includes a free trial.

Fight fans can watch the World Championship Finals on DAZN, while those in Australia can watch via Stan Sport.

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2023 PFL World Championship Finals price: How much does the event cost?

You can pay $10.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or buy an annual subscription for $109.99.

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DAZN monthly subscription: £9.99 in the U.K. on a 12-month contract or £19.99 month-to-month

DAZN annual subscription: $224.99 in the U.S., $199.99 in Canada, £99.99 in the U.K.

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