PFL 4: Palmer vs. Tuerxun Results and Recap

Lance Palmer and Juma Tuerxun, PFL 4
PFL 4's Lance Palmer and Juma Tuerxun Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

PFL 4 gets underway tonight in Long Island, as the Professional Fighters League brings featherweight and heavyweight action to Uniondale!

Uniondale, NY — The Professional Fighters League returned to action on Thursday, July 19 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The PFL 4 card in Long Island marked the second batch of fights in the promotion’s regular season for the featherweight and heavyweight divisions. Who would be making the playoffs, and who would lose out on their shot at one million dollars would be determined in part based on the night’s outcomes.

That made PFL 4 critical for all involved. For those who suffered defeat at PFL 1 it was a last chance to make the post-season. For those who came out victorious at that event, it was all about moving up the standings.

Check back come fight time for results and a recap of the night’s action, plus exclusive PFL 4 coverage that can be found on our event page!

Alex Nicholson vs. Philipe Lins

Heavyweight action between ‘The Spartan’ Alex Nicholson and Brazil’s Philipe Lins kicked off the PFL 4 main card on Thursday night in Uniondale. Lins went to the body with a jab early, then chopped at the Spartan’s leg. Nicholson would answer with kicks throughout the round, to the calf, thigh, and body. He showed restraint, patiently walking Lins down. At times that translated to a lack of action, until ‘The Spartan’ lifted his arms, signaling for Lins to do something. A couple of spinning kicks for Nicholson ended off the round.

Lins opened round two with a kick, and the pair traded strikes — single shots, no combos. The second ‘USA’ chant of the fight broke out in the crowd; neither men took notice. Nicholson continued to stalk his prey, while Lins threw out a leg kick. A third ‘USA’ chant seemed to work some magic however. Nicholson began lighting Lins up! Tagging him with left and rights, and Lins was backpedaling to escape. Nicholson needed to be wary of a counter, as he was chasing his opponent down. He initiated a clinch, seemed to have things under control. Again, Lins escaped, and this time, he caught Nicholson with a counter when they re-engaged by the fence. Lins turned it on then, tagging ‘The Spartan’ with a right hand, dropping him. He moved in for the ground n’ pound, and that was it!

Philipe Lins def. Alex Nicholson by TKO, Round 2, 3:39

Alexandre Almeida vs. Steven Siler

The second bout of the PFL4 main card got back to the 145lb division. And it did not last long. Siler caught Alemeida in an exchange early, and when they went to the ground, he quickly locked in the guillotine. The only problem — a clearly quick stoppage by the ref. Alemedida hadn’t tapped, didn’t seem out, but the bout was called, and Siler had the win. Backstage, he told reporters he had felt his opponent begin to go limp, but wasn’t sure if he was out or not.

Steven Siler def. Alexandre Almeida by submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 0:34

Francimar Barroso vs. Jack May

Another quick finish came in the final heavyweight bout of the evening. Francimar Barroso pushed Jack May as he entered the cage, and it looked like this one could get nasty. But after some early action Barroso got the fight to the ground, and locked in an arm-triangle choke. That was all it took, as Barroso forced May to tap!

Francimar Barroso def. Jack May by submission (arm-triangle choke), Round 1, 1:36

Andre Harrison vs. Nazareno Malegarie

The co-main event saw local favorite Andre Harrison holding center and stalking Nazareno Malegarie early. Malegarie would shoot, easily stuffed. Harrison threw a kick that looked like it could have done some serious damage had it connected; Malegarie then shot, but again, no dice. Harrison then cut off the cage, trapping Malegarie and landing a few blows.  Malegarie changed levels and wound up caught in a headlock, with knees a very real threat. They  separated, and Malegarie briefly pressed the action. Another big shot for Harrison landed, and they’d go to the bell.

Round two had Harrison backing up Malegarie once again. Just over a minute in, he forced Malegarie and unleashed a good combo that landed clean. Another combo came minutes later, but Malegarie, a wounded animal, fired back a counter that connected. Harrison answered then changed levels, driving Malegarie into the fence looking for a takedown. Malegarie managed to reverse. Malegarie would control for a bit, then eat a heavy blow that got them trading fast and furious. Big hooks from both men, and Harrison added in a high kick and uppercut for good measure. Malegarie looked hurt but escaped; Harrison would nearly score a takedown by the fence moments later, and wind up landing a few more solid strikes. They’d escape the round, but Harrison was clearly in the lead.

Harrison flashed his jab early in round three, but the pair appeared to have slowed. Though Malegarie had been hurt in the second, he seemed to have recovered fully by round three. Of course, he was well behind on the scorecards, and needed a finish, but unable to land much of significance, that just wasn’t in the cards.

Andre Harrison def. Nazareno Malegarie by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Lance Palmer vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun

The main event featured another featherweight favorite in Lance Palmer, taking on Juma Tuerxun. Tuerxun circled outside early as the pair went through a feeling out process. It wasn’t long, however, before Palmer had the fight to the ground. From there, he moved to side control — and pretty much controlled the remainder of the round.

Things got a little more dire for Juma in round two. Palmer again got the fight down, but this time was able to move to mount. That seemed like a prime finishing position, but Tuerxun forced his opponent back to half guard. Palmer added some short strikes to the head but Juma was tying up one arm as best he could. He managed to get Palmer back in guard, at least briefly. Once again, however, it was all Palmer for the bulk of the round, controlling from the top.

Round three saw a lot of feeling out on the feet, and frankly not a ton of action through the first two minutes. Tuerxun pressed forward, leading the attack, as the midway point approached. He’d slip as Palmer countered, but nothing came of it. Tuerxun went high with a kick then dropped low and shot a takedown, only for Palmer to stuff the attempt and get on top. The scramble that ensued saw Palmer land in side control, then take the back. He sunk hooks in, and the RNC was a possibility. Tuerxun tried to defend, but the ref pulled a hand away from grabbing a glove. Eventually Palmer got the submission in place — more across the face than anything. Tuerxun tapped, giving Lance Palmer the rear-naked choke victory to end the night!

Lance Palmer def. Jumabieke Tuerxun by submission, Round 3, 4:34

PFL 4 Results:

Main Card (NBC SN):

Lance Palmer def. Jumabieke Tuerxun by submission, Round 3, 4:34
Andre Harrison def. Nazareno Malegarie by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Francimar Barroso def. Jack May by submission (arm-triangle choke), Round 1, 1:36
Steven Siler def. Alexandre Almeida by submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 0:34
Philipe Lins def. Alex Nicholson by TKO, Round 2, 3:39

Preliminary Card (Facebook Live):

Kelvin Tiller def. Jared Rosholt by submission (guillotine choke), Round 2, 0:54
Timur Valiev def. Bekbulat Magomedov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Max Coga def. Marcos Galvao by TKO, Round 3, 2:19
Josh Copeland def. Shawn Jordan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Valdrin Istrefi def. Daniel Gallemore by TKO, Round 2, 1:42


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