Full PFL Results: Kayla Harrison Asserts Dominance With Second Consecutive Title

Kayla Harrison has further cemented herself as one of the best female MMA fighters.

Her 12-0 record, second consecutive PFL title and $1 million prize check can speak for itself. Harrison added these onto her MMA resume after submitting Taylor Guardado in PFL’s 2021 women’s lightweight tournament Wednesday night.

She set the tone in the opening round against Guardado (3-2) and stayed in control with takedowns and ground-and-pound skills.

Guardado tried to find answers, but Harrison went for a takedown in Round 2, which would lead to the inevitable armbar submission in the next round.

Guardado tapped out at 4:00 of Round 3.

“I just feel way more grateful [than last season],” Harrison said. “A lot more gratitude. I realized that nothing in this world is given. You have to earn it all. And I’m very blessed and very lucky that I work hard every day.”

The win marked Harrison’s last fight on the PFL contract.

The emphatic win also headlined six tournament winners who also received $1 million apiece.

In the co-main event, Ray Cooper III (24-7-1) avenged his PFL 2018 season final loss to Magomed Magomedkerimov (29-6). It was a one-punch knockout that ended Wednesday night’s fight and evened the score between the two fighters.

Magomedkerimov was controlling the first round and Cooper took the reins in Round 2. But it was Round 3 where Magomedkerimov put on the gas and unleashed punches and knees; in a fight or flight reflex, Cooper threw a right-hand blow.

The fight was stopped at 3:02 of Round 3. Cooper is a two-time tournament champion. It was also his final fight on his PFL contract.

It was an all-out war in the heavyweight division.

Bruno Cappelozza defeated Ante Delija via unanimous decision in an action-packed battle.

Cappelozza immediately went for the takedown, dropping Delija who was endanger on the floor. Somehow Delija survived and was able to take the fight to the distance.

All eyes were on Claressa Shields as she returned for her second MMA bout against Abigail Montes.

But things didn’t go the way she planned, losing to Montes via split decision. One judge scored the fight 29-28 Shields, but was overruled by the two other judges who had it 29-28 Montes.

Shields, who is n 11-0 in boxing, suffered her first combat sports loss.

“I did better in there. I did pretty good on the cage,” Shields told ESPN. “It was always the ground stuff. Gotta get better at defending the takedown and stuff. The game plan was to just do better than my last fight. Of course to win [also], but do better.”

Shields let her hands go, but missed as Montes dodged. Montes remained in the control in the following rounds, holding a couple of takedowns and bundle of punches over her opponent.

Here’s all the results from the 2021 PFL Championship: 

Main Card 

  • Kayla Harrison def. Taylor Guardado via submission (armbar) at 4:00 of Round 2 
  • Ray Cooper III def. Magomed Magomedkerimov via KO (punch) at 3:02 of Round 3 to win PFL welterweight tournament 
  • Abigail Montes def. Claressa Shields via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 
  • Bruno Cappelozza def. Ante Delija via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 48-46) to win PFL heavyweight tournament 
  • Movlid Khaybulaev def. Chris Wade via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to win PFL featherweight tournament 

Preliminary Card 

  • Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marthin Hamlet via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:49 of Round 1 to win PFL light heavyweight tournament 
  • Raush Manfio def. Loik Radzhabov via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 49-46) to win PFL lightweight tournament 
  • Jordan Young def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) at 1:32 of Round 3 
  • Julia Budd def. Kaitlin Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 
  • Don Madge def. Nathan Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of Round 2 
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