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Taila Santos Shines in PFL Debut, Secures Quick Victory Over Ilara Joanne

Taila Santos shines in PFL Debut
Taila Santos

In her debut at 2024 PFL 1, former UFC title challenger Taila Santos showcased her skills and determination, securing a quick victory over Ilara Joanne with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

The fight, which took place on the event's prelims at Boeing Center in San Antonio, was a significant addition for PFL, as Santos' impressive performance added excitement to the flyweight division. Santos' victory came at 3:57 of Round 1, earning her six valuable points in the regular season standings.

Santos, with a record of 20-3, bounced back from a two-fight skid in the UFC, where she faced tough opponents like Valentina Shevchenko and Erin Blanchfield. Her departure from the UFC surprised many, considering her recent near-successful title challenge.

On the other hand, Joanne (11-9) faced a tough situation stepping in as a short-notice replacement for Denise Kielholtz, who withdrew just days before the fight. The loss adds to Joanne's current three-fight skid, highlighting the challenges of last-minute changes in the fight game.

Santos' quick victory and impressive debut in PFL set a positive tone for her future in the promotion, showcasing her skills and determination to make an impact in the flyweight division.


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