Bellator, Invicta FC Vet Amber Leibrock Drops Opponent With Head Kick at PFL 2

Amber Leibrock, PFL 2
Amber Leibrock, 2023 PFL 2 Las Vegas at the The Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday, April 7, 2023. (Cooper Neill / PFL)

Amber Leibrock did not waste any time getting her 2023 PFL season going, in style.

Leibrock (6-4), making her Professional Fighters League debut at PFL 2 on Friday night in Las Vegas, was paired up with Martina Jindrova in a regular season women’s featherweight bout on the preliminary card.

Just over two minutes in, Leibrock fired off a kick that looked at first like it might fall short. Instead, the 35-year old California native made contact, instantly dropping Jindrova. While Leibrock’s fallen foe would briefly sit upright, she was immediately met with some fierce ground n’ pound that removed any question as to the outcome — with the ref already on the way in to make the save.

Thanks to that thunderous head kick, Amber Leibrock earned herself six points — at least temporarily putting herself in first place in the league standings, with several more 145lb fights to go on the night.

Taking over from the lightweight division, the PFL’s women’s featherweight division looks stacked this year, with former Bellator champ Julia Budd, former UFC fighter Aspen Ladd, and last year’s 155lb champ, Larissa Pacheco all taking part in the tournament, with a million dollars awaiting the winner at the end of the season.

One name noticeably absent, however, is two-time PFL women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison, who is expected to compete in the league’s super-fight division instead.