There was no surprise in the 155-pound Semifinal. Kayla Harrison is back in the PFL championship fight with another overwhelming victory, now over New Zealander Genah Fabian, who was unable to land a single punch.
The champion of the 2018 and 2019 season will now face fellow American Taylor Guardado, who defeated Brazilian Mariana Morais by split decision.
Harrison has dominated the women’s lightweight since she left judo, where she was also a double Olympic champion in London 2012 and 2016. It seems impossible to think that she will not fulfill her prognosis: “I am going to put them all against the canvas and I am going to finish with blows ”.
And that’s what happened to Fabian, a seasoned Muay Thai fighter who surpasses her in reach and trains with UFC champions Alexander Volkanovski and Israel Adesanya, who sent her messages of support leading up to the fight. However, there doesn’t seem to be any training to prepare you for Harrison, who came in as a 40-1 betting favorite.
Gena managed to stay on her feet for just over two minutes absorbing low kicks and gauging her distance, but she didn’t even have time to land a single punch, in fact she just launched a shy kick to the legs to no avail.
After taking the lock to the body and trying projections to the ground for about a minute Kyla took her against the canvas and began the same process as always, got the mount and began to punish on the ground.
Unlike the fight against Cyndy Dandois, he didn’t wear himself out looking for a submission, ground and pound punishment, hitting the side of the head and opening a hole to do more damage.
After four minutes into the fight, the referee stopped the fight, which was uneven at all times. Three first-round wins for Harrison so far this year.
On October 27, he will face Guarded, who trains at the Extreme Coture in Las Vegas and he will face Morais as a substitute for Larissa Pacheco, who did not make weight and lost her opportunity in the final.
At heavyweight, Brazilian Bruno Capelozza maintained his streak and landed his third knockout in 2021 now over Jamelle Jones in the co-main event and also secured his place in the final and the million dollar dispute. Now he will face Serbian Ante Delija, whom he beat with a shower of blows in 46 seconds in the first event of the regular season. Delija won by unanimous decision against Denis Golstov.
Harrison vs. Saved and Capelozza vs. Golstov will join the undercard of the six championships on July 27, where Ray Cooper III and Magomev Magomedkerimov will contest the welterweight title, as well as Loik Raidoshov will face Raush Manfio for the lightweight.
Next Friday, August 27, the finalists in featherweight and light heavyweight will be defined.