Mixed martial arts: Kiwi Genah Fabian opens PFL season in style with shutout decision win

Kiwi Genah Fabian has opened her Professional Fighters League account in style, scoring a shutout unanimous decision win over Laura Sanchez.

Competing in the lightweight division, City Kickboxing's Fabian dominated her American opponent with pinpoint striking and distance control.

Sanchez was often on the receiving end of strikes from Fabian, who kept the fight on the feet, where she had a significant advantage. 

Fabian scored three 30-27's on the scoresheets to earn three points and sit second equal on the league table. 

The 31-year-old former kickboxing world champion improves to 3-1 as a professional, but will face stiff opposition as the season rolls on. 

Two-time Olympic judo gold medallist Kayla Harrison and former UFC featherweight contender Larissa Pacheco are also part of the 10-woman league, with the top four qualifying for the playoffs later in the year.

The winner of the tournament will receive US$1m.

Fabian is the cousin of CKB head trainer Eugene Bareman and recently relocated to Auckland, after several years training in Thailand.

The Aucklander was a Youth Olympic rower, before discovering Muay Thai kickboxing in her early 20s.