Denis Goltsov, Liz Carmouche and Dakota Ditcheva earn victories in 2024 PFL Global Season bouts

In the pulsing heart of San Antonio, Texas, the Professional Fighters League lit up the night with the electrifying opener of its 2024 Global Season. Warriors from the Heavyweight and Women’s Flyweight divisions clashed within the high-tech confines of the PFL SmartCage, setting the Boeing Center ablaze with their fiery combat spirit.

The evening’s crescendo was reached when Valentin Moldavsky, stepping into the PFL arena for the first time, unleashed a storm of ferocity on Ante Delija, the defending Heavyweight champion of 2022. Moldavsky’s barrage of strikes in the opening round signaled a thunderous TKO, catapulting him to the division’s zenith with a perfect six-point debut.

The twilight tussle saw Denis Goltsov and Linton Vassell, two titans of the heavyweight realm, exchange blows in a riveting tango of power and resilience. Goltsov’s triumph via a third-round TKO not only marked a four-point leap in the league but also a resounding comeback narrative.

Liz Carmouche and Juliana Velasquez, veterans of Bellator, graced the Women’s Flyweight stage in a duel that saw Carmouche’s strategy and precision clinch a unanimous decision victory, her third over Velasquez, enriching her tally with three more points and elevating her record to a laudable 21-7.

Dakota Ditcheva’s encounter with Lisa Mauldin turned into a display of sheer dominance as Ditcheva, the reigning PFL Europe Women’s Flyweight Champion, showcased her prowess with a swift TKO in the very first round, her unblemished record now a formidable 11-0.

The league’s stewards, PFL CEO Peter Murray and Fighter Operations President Ray Sefo, reflected on the night’s battles, highlighting the league’s unique competitive edge and the promise of an unparalleled season ahead, filled with grit, determination, and the relentless pursuit of glory.

The night also featured a heavyweight showdown between Daniel James and Marcelo Golm, with James securing a first-round TKO victory, albeit with a slight setback due to a weight penalty, landing him five points. The heavyweight canvas further witnessed Sergei Bilostenniy outmaneuvering Blagoy Ivanov to a unanimous decision victory, bagging three points and advancing his record to 12-3.

The Women’s Flyweight division shone brightly as Taila Santos ensnared Ilara Joanne in a rear-naked choke, marking a stellar win and adding six points to her scoreboard. The division continued to sparkle with Kana Watanabe’s judo mastery clinching her a unanimous decision over Shanna Young, and Jena Bishop’s armbar submission of Chelsea Hackett rounding off the women’s battles with a flourish.

Featherweight and Bantamweight showcase fights added layers to the evening’s saga, with Dimitry Ivy and Bryce Meredith etching their victories in the league’s annals, their triumphs a testament to the league’s diverse and dynamic combat tableau.

PFL San Antonio Main Card Results:

Valentin Moldavsky (13-3-1 NC) def. Ante Delija (24-6) 1st round TKO (2:17)
Denis Goltsov (32-8-0) def. Linton Vassell (23-8) 3rd round TKO (3:11)
Liz Carmouche (20-7) def. Juliana Velasquez (12-2) unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dakota Ditcheva (11-0) def. Lisa Mauldin (6-3-0) 1st round TKO (3:54)

Early Card Results:

Daniel James (14-7-1, 1 NC) def. Marcelo Golm (10-4) 1st round TKO (4:59)
Sergey Bilostenniy (12-3) def. Blagoy Ivanov (19-7-1 NC) unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Taila Santos (20-3) def. Ilara Joanne (11-9) 1st round submission (3:57)
Oleg Popov (17-1) def. Steve Mowry (10-2-1, 1 NC) 2nd round TKO (3:47)
Kana Watanabe (13-2-1) def. Shanna Young (9-6) unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jena Bishop (7-0) def. Chelsea Hackett (4-2-1) 1st round submission (4:50)
Dimitre Ivy (13-7) def. Lucas Brennan (9-1) unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bryce Meredith (6-0) def. Ty Johnson (13-7) unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)