Alejandro ‘Gallito’ Flores made PFL history by beating Carl Deaton by split decision and becoming the first Mexican-born fighter to do so.
The Monterrey native took the scorecards of two of the three judges in a fight that went completely on his feet, with a single unsuccessful takedown attempt by Deaton as the third round wore off.
Flores opened doors for Mexican MMA since he entered the PFL cage, as only Anthony Pettis had represented Mexico, but the former UFC champion also carried the Puerto Rican flag and was born in the United States.
During the fight, the ‘Gallito’ always maintained the initiative, in the first round he established the low kicks and released his hands almost in proportion to twice that of his opponent, who could not decipher it, but waited patiently.
For the second, the fighter who trains with Mike Valle in Chicago, released more his high kicks, landed a front that hurt and maintained the strategy, but Deaton’s counterattack paid off, first with a combination of hook to the body and then up with the left sent him to the canvas. Although he got up immediately, the American secured the round with another good left foot that made evident the bleeding in the opponent’s nose.
With the fight on a 19-19 clear, they both knew they had to secure. Flores took more risks with the overhead kicks and spinning elbows, while Deaton stuck to the waiting plan, so he could surprise.
But another coup of power did not come that changed the course of the confrontation and although the third was very close, it remained on the side of flowers in two of the three cards.
After this fight, Flores will have to sit down with the promoter to look for an opportunity in next year’s tournament, as PFL plans to increase its number of events in 2022.