Kayla Harrison dominates and advances to the finals

The Skilled Fighters League (PFL) held its second 2021 PFL Playoff occasion tonight with 4 action-packed matchups throughout the ladies’s light-weight and males’s heavyweight divisions. Within the evening’s major occasion, 2019 PFL Champion and two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison dominated her semifinal combat in opposition to Genah Fabian. Harrison took Fabian to the bottom in brief order and completed the combat with a primary spherical technical knockout, taking her report to 11-0. 

Harrison will face Taylor Guardado within the girls’s light-weight division last on October 27 with a world championship and $1 million at stake. Guardado, the 4-seed within the division, received a tough fought cut up resolution over playoff alternate Mariana Morais. Guardado, who returned to MMA after a 9 yr hiatus, is now an ideal 3-0 in PFL competitors.

Bruno Cappelozza and Ante Delija got here out on high of their respective males’s heavyweight semifinal fights and can sq. off at PFL World Championship in a rematch from earlier this season. Cappelozza strategically broke down Jamelle Jones earlier than touchdown a crushing punch within the second spherical, resulting in a TKO victory. Cappelozza’s MMA report now stands at 13-5 with all 13 wins coming by the use of knockout, together with the quickest knockout in PFL historical past at 46 seconds of the primary spherical. Delija in the meantime, took Denis Goltsov – the favourite in his semifinal matchup – to the three spherical distance and received a unanimous resolution. A protege of Mirko Cro Cop, Delija suffered a ugly leg damage in 2015, however has posted wins in 5 of his final six fights since returning to motion. 

“The PFL Playoffs showcased the ladies’s light-weight and males’s heavyweight divisions within the second of three must-see playoff occasions being held at Seminole Onerous Rock Resort & On line casino in Hollywood, Florida,” mentioned Peter Murray, PFL CEO. “MMA followers noticed motion that solely the PFL can ship by way of our distinctive playoff format. The need to be topped PFL World Champion was on full show with these world class athletes elevating the bar in fight sports activities as soon as once more.” 

“The willpower to be the very best on this planet is what separates the fighters in PFL from all others,” mentioned Ray Sefo, President of Fighter Operations of PFL. “The night started with eight fighters seeking to transfer on to the PFL World Championship. Now, we have now 4 shifting on to October.”

Within the ESPN+ showcase matchup, Renan Ferreira earned an emphatic knockout victory over Stuart Austin simply 31 seconds into the bout, shifting to 8-2 general with seven wins by stoppage. In one other heavyweight bout, Muhammed DeReese went the gap for the primary time since 2014 to earn a unanimous resolution over Carl Seumanutafa. 

Kicking off the ESPN+ card, Christian Lohsen defeated Jonas Flok by unanimous resolution, enhancing his report to 9-2, together with victories in 5 of his final six fights. In her skilled MMA debut, Amanda Leve defeated Miranda Barber by first spherical submission through rear-naked choke. Marina Mokhnatkina defeated Claudia Zamora by unanimous resolution in an undercard combat, enhancing to 6-2 general and notching back-to-back wins.

The PFL returns to the Seminole Onerous Rock Resort & On line casino on Friday, August 27 with the ultimate 4 fighters throughout featherweight and lightweight heavyweight divisions competing for a spot on this planet championship.

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COMPLETE RESULTS

  • Kayla Harrison def. Genah Fabian by 1st spherical TKO (4:01)
  • Bruno Cappelozza def. Jamelle Jones by 2nd spherical TKO (1:33)
  • Taylor Guardado def. Mariana Morais by cut up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Ante Delija def. Denis Goltsov by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ESPN+ Card

  • Renan Ferreira def. Stuart Austin by 1st spherical knockout (0:31)
  • Muhammad DeReese def. Carl Seumanutafa by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Marina Mokhnatkina def. Claudia Zamora by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Amanda Leve def. Miranda Barber by 1st spherical submission (4:18)
  • Christian Lohsen def. Jonas Flok by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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