Savannah Marshall Impresses In Pro MMA Debut, Setting Up Superfight With Claressa Shields

Savannah Marshall ditched her boxing gloves for MMA mitts and stormed through Mirela Vargas in a frenzied 4:27 minutes of combat at Utilita Arena. The former super-middleweight champ wriggled out of several takedowns, dodged submission attempts, and flashed her lightning-fast fists to prompt the referee’s intervention, all to the delight of a roaring crowd.

The post-fight scene heated up as PFL athlete Claressa Shields stepped into the SmartCage, hinting at a fiery rematch with Marshall under MMA rules, sending the speculation into overdrive.

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Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Dylan Tuke secured a unanimous decision victory over Kane Mousah, leveraging his grappling skills to neutralize Mousah’s aggressive striking and steer the fight.

Further down the card, Jack Grant electrified the audience with a jaw-dropping slam that sent Charlie Leary crashing headfirst into the mat, setting up a ground-and-pound finish in the first round. Grant now moves on to the PFL Europe Playoffs in Glasgow, marked for September 28th at the OVO Hydro.

Lewis McGrillen showcased a full arsenal of MMA tactics against Matiss Zaharovs, captivating the Newcastle crowd with a display that earned him a unanimous decision.

One of the night’s most breathtaking moments came from Shanelle Dyer, who maintained her unbeaten streak with a stunning head kick that abruptly ended Mariam Torchinava’s night in the first round.

Lastly, Ibragim Ibragimov, the Dagestani sensation now calling the UK home, dispatched Josh Reed in under a minute with a suffocating arm triangle, underscoring his reputation as a formidable rising star in the sport.

PFL Europe Newcastle Season Updates
Jack Grant faces Florim Zendeli in the Welterweight semifinals
Julien Lopez will face Alexander Luster in the Bantamweight semifinals
Karolina Wojcik will face Paulina Wisniewska in the Women’s Flyweight semifinals,
Shanelle Dyer faces Valentina Scatizzi in the Women’s Flyweight semifinals
Khurshed Kakhorov faces Dean Garnett in the Bantamweight semifinals. (Garnett earned a walkover win to advance to the playoffs after his opponent had to withdraw)

PFL Europe Newcastle Main Card Results:
Savannah Marshall (1-0) defeated Mirela Vargas (1-3) via TKO at 4:27 of round one

Dylan Tuke (8-4) defeated Kane Mousah (14-7) via unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 30-27)

Jack Grant (20-8) defeated Charlie Leary (17-14-1) via KO at :41 of round one – with the win, Grant advances to the he 2024 PFL Europe Welterweight Playoffs

Lewis McGrillen (9-1) defeated Matiss Zaharovs (6-3) via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Shanelle Dyer (5-0) defeated Mariam Torchinava (9-3) via KO at 3:53 of round one – with the win, Dyer advances to the 2024 PFL Europe Women’s Flyweight Playoffs

Preliminary Card Results:
Ibragim Ibragimov (7-0) defeated Josh Reed (13-9) via submission (head and arm triangle) at :50 of round one

Julien Lopez (135.4 lbs) defeated Dominique Wooding (135.7 lbs) via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 3:10 of round one – with the win, Lopez advances to the 2024 PFL Europe Bantamweight Playoffs

Karolina Wójcik (12-5) defeated Lizzy Gevers (3-2) via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) – with the win, Wójcik advances to the 2024 PFL Europe Women’s Flyweight Playoffs

Claudio Pacella (4-2) defeated Mark Ewen (5-1) via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)

Khurshed Kakhorov (13-1) defeated Tuomas Grönvall (12-7-1) via KO at 1:11 of round three – with the win, Kakhorov advances to the 2024 PFL Europe Bantamweight Playoffs

Valentina Scatizzi (3-2) defeated Marie Loiseau (6-5) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3) –  with the win, Scatizzi advances to the 2024 PFL Europe Women’s Flyweight Playoffs

Ben Woolliss (4-0) defeated Nikola Ivanovic (0-8) via TKO at 4:02 of round one

Alexander Luster (8-1) defeated Alperen Karabulut (10-4) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:59 of round one – with the win, Luster advances to the 2024 PFL Europe Bantamweight Playoffs 

Paulina Wiśniewska (3-0) defeated Dee Begley (4-6) via TKO at 3:08 of round two – with the win, Wiśniewska qualifies for the 2024 PFL Europe Playoffs


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