What. A. Night.
The women’s lightweights put on a show for the celebrity judges and for the fans at home Friday evening at PFL Challenger Series 3.
Michelle Montague, Jeslen Mishelle, and Jackie Cataline all notched impressive first-round finishes, while Martina Jindrova engaged Jacqueline Cavalcanti in a clear Fight of the Night performance before narrowly squeaking out the split-decision victory.
That back-and-forth throwdown marked the only fight to see the judges’ scorecards, but was the win good enough to earn Jindrova a fresh PFL contract?
Following the fights, PFL President and Co-Founder Ray Sefo took the cage to praise all the women for their performances.
After his words, Sean O’Connell announced the first finalist: Jindrova.
The second? Mishelle.
While their performances were undoubtedly impressive, Cataline and Montague were sent home empty-handed following the announcement.
Then, with those two finalists announced, the decision kicked over to the celebrity judges: Tyron Woodley, Vitor Belfort, and Jarvis Landry.
Woodley admitted their decision was not unanimous, but they eventually named their majority pick: Jindrova.
The fans watching and voting at home had their say next. On a night full of surprises and excitement, you just had to see this one coming.
The fans pick … Mishelle.
With a split vote between the celebrity panel and the fans, Sefo holds the tiebreaker. It’s a tough decision, but somebody’s gotta do it, and the man in charge makes the call.
Jindrova wins the night and earns a contract for the 2022 PFL Season.