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PFL results: Kayla Harrison’s dominance headlines night of six millionaires

Kayla Harrison receives a million dollars for the second year in a row.

The two-time Olympic judo champion walked through Taylor Guardado to win the 2021 PFL Women’s Lightweight Championship on Wednesday in the promotion season finale at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. second grand prize of $ 1 million.

As with his entire MMA career, Harrison (12-0) was the dominant and overwhelming force against Guardado (3-2). She controlled the opening frame with a couple of takedowns and crushing ground strikes from the top position, then repeated the feat in the 2nd round, taking a light take-out along the fence before moving to a full mount. Guardado defended with all his might, but the action was one-sided, as Harrison waited for her moment and then turned around to end the fight.

Guardado had no choice but to turn at 4:00 round 3.

With the win, Harrison instantly becomes one of MMA’s most intriguing free agents in recent memory, as Wednesday marked the last fight of her PFL contract.

“I just feel more grateful [than last season]Harrison said. “Much more gratitude. I realized that nothing in this world is given. You have to earn it all. And I am very lucky and lucky that I work hard every day. “

Harrison’s win marked a night of champions, during which six tournament winners were crowned and six more checks for $ 1 million were handed out.

In a co-op event of the night – a battle between the PFL Season 1 and Season 2 welterweight winners – Ray Cooper III (24-7-1) seized on his chance for rematch. Faced with a second shot in the man who beat him in the 2018 PFL season finale, the 28-year-old mustered his strength to make a hellish comeback in the third round and win his second consecutive tournament title by knocking out Magomed with one blow. Magomedkerimov (29-6).

Magomedkerimov and Cooper exchanged moments to start the fight: the Russian won round 1 thanks to a takedown and overhead control, while Cooper returned the favor in round 2. But in round 3, the action heated up when Magomedkerimov caught Cooper with a hard pair one or two, and then punches and knees crowded in the clinch, which put the Hawaiian on shaky legs.

Feeling that the end, perhaps, was near, Magomedkerimov continued to select long punches, but Cooper met him with his right hand from hell.

The official stop time is 3:02 of the third round.

Cooper is now not only a two-time tournament champion, but also the only fighter to reach the PFL Finals three times in a row. And he did it in the final fight of his PFL contract, according to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting

“I know I’m the best,” Cooper said. “I will pick the UFC Champion, the Bellator Champion. We have to go out and put the belts together. Put me against someone, I will kill everyone. “

The heavyweights may have been a rematch against a fight that Bruno Cappelozza (14-5) won in 46 seconds in March, but Wednesday’s final was anything but easy. In this rollercoaster game, Cappelozza and Ante Delia (19-5) spent 12 minutes of absolute hell before losing steam and settling in the second half.

As a result, Cappelozza again defeated Delia, this time by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 48-46).

The first two rounds were some of the most insane heavyweight action in the sport of an entire year, with Cappelozza flying out of the net, hitting Delius hard and then hitting him with full mount shots, trying to get through another first round. stop. Cappelozza outplayed Delia with a ludicrous 88-5 lead in the first frame, but Delia miraculously survived the onslaught and reversed momentum in the 2nd round, knocking Cappelozza down with a flurry and almost finishing him off with a series of hard punches and … pound. Incredibly, Cappelozza managed to keep his sanity long enough to change position and finish the stanza locked on Delia’s back with both hooks.

The heavyweights again responded to the call in Round 3 with another burst of furious punches at the start of the round, but this final dump of the attack devastated their remaining gasoline as the final half of the fight took place mostly in a cage. fight and stop the actions of two exhausted warriors.

“I donated a lot, I put my whole heart into it,” said the emotional and broken Cappelozza through tears and a translator. “And we are the champions of the world.”

It may have been ugly, but Dagestani featherweight champion Movlid Khaibulaev (19-0-1) did what he had to do to stay undefeated against UFC veteran Chris Wade (20-7).

Khaibulaev controlled almost every second of the fight with his takedowns and takes, as he essentially set up base camp on Wade’s back for several rounds and spent long stretches of the fight hunting for a choke hold. Wade bravely defended many of Khaibulaev’s surrender attempts, but the game plan turned out to be a cheat code that the American could not stop, since Khaibulaev won the takedown battle with an unequal 9-0 lead, and all three judges rated the fight 50-45. in favor of Khaibulaev.

After that, the 31-year-old tournament winner thanked Khabib Nurmagomedov and the late father of former UFC champion Abdulmanap for his victorious performance in the PFL.

“I’m not fighting for money, I’m fighting for heritage,” Khaibulaev said through an interpreter. “You can’t lose. This is the only possible outcome. The coach, the coach – Abdulmanap – is not with us, but he is proud. He sees us. The only way is to become a champion, become the best and carry his legacy. “

Antonio Carlos Junior (13-5) remembered the turning point. Having started 2021 with a failed attempt, receiving their UFC travel documents after three consecutive defeats, Shoeface ended the year ready to deposit a $ 1 million check into their bank account after winning the first round over Martin Hamlet (8-3). in the PFL Light Heavyweight Final.

The former UFC middleweight champion wasted a bit of time on Wednesday deftly grabbing Hamlet by the back during an early grappling exchange, locking himself into a vertical triangle of his body, and then slipping into the end of the fight with a naked back choke at 3:49 in the first round. complete the PFL race, in which the Brazilian beat Tom Lawlor, Vinnie Magalines, Emiliano Sordi and Hamlet in a row, although the Magalhiens fight ended without a fight.

“Actually, this is my best position. I love to be behind control, ”said Carlos the Younger. “When I’m there, it’s quite difficult to escape, so I just waited for the right moment.”

In the first bout of the standings, Rausch Manfio (15-3) ended his losing season with one final stone, beating two-time finalist and No. 1 seeded Loika Rajabov (15-4-1) in the match. a continuous war of attrition for the top prize of $ 1 million.

Training partner of two-time PFL lightweight champion Nathan Schulte, Manfio began his fabulous race in 2021 as an alternative tournament, then defeated Joylton Lutterbach, Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard to make his way to the final. Against Radjabov, he made every possible effort in the cage, striking the leading leg of his Tajik enemy with an endless string of low kicks, marching forward with non-stop pressure and nearly landing behind Radjabov with a lead of 112-106 points per second. total strikes.

By the end of the second round, Radjabov’s lead leg seemed compromised, but round 4 was the best round for Manfio as he knocked down Radjabov and knocked him down with a clinch. Radjabov made two of his own takedowns in the fight and tried to respond with as much insult as possible, but ultimately all three judges saw the fight for Manfio (48-46, 48-46, 49-46), giving ATT his third PFL lightweight title. …

“Dude, this is a dream come true,” Manfio said as he and Schulte celebrated together in a cage. “Hi Nathan, now I have the same belt as you, my brother.”

The full results of the 2021 PFL World Championship can be seen below.

Main card

  • Kayla Harrison def. Taylor Guardado submits at 4:00 round 2
  • Ray Cooper III, def. Magomed Magomedkerimov by knockout (punch) in 3:02 round 3 will win the PFL welterweight tournament
  • Abigail Montes def. Claressa Shields by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Bruno Cappelozza, def. Ante Delia by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 48-46) won the PFL Heavyweight Tournament
  • Movlid Khaibulaev, def. Chris Wade won the PFL Featherweight Tournament via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Preliminary card

  • Antonio Carlos Junior, def. Martin Hamlet submits (rear naked choke) in 3:49 round 1 to win the PFL Light Heavyweight Tournament
  • Rausch Manfio, def. Loik Radjabov won the PFL lightweight tournament by unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 49-46)
  • Jordan Young, def. Omari Akhmedov by TKO (punches) in 1:32 round 3
  • Julia Budd, def. Caitlyn Young by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Don Madge def. Nathan Williams choke (rear naked choke) at 2:15 am round 2