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PFL Season 2021 Playoffs: Defending champion Kayla Harrison meets Genah Fabian in semi-finals

The PFL’s Aug. 19 playoff event will feature the company’s top seeds squaring off to advance to the championship finals in December.

Kayla Harrison (10-0-0), 31, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and defending women’s lightweight champion, finished both of her previous opponents Marianna Morais and Cindy Dandois, yet did not capture the No. 1 playoff seed.

Fabian (4-1-0), 31, finished one of her two season bouts. She has the unenviable task of facing the heavily favoured Harrison.

The other half of the women’s lightweight semifinal bracket will have No. 1 seed and Season 2019 finalist Larissa Pacheo (15-4-0) and Taylor Guardado (2-1-0).

The heavyweight brackets will feature No. 1 seed Bruno Cappelozza (12-5-0) face No. 4 Jamelle Jones (11-6-0).

Denis Goltsov (27-6-0), who is seeded No. 2 will face Ante Delija (18-4-0).

The winners will advance to the championship final event in December for a chance to win the title along with $1 million USD.

The PFL playoff events, which take place Aug. 13 and Aug. 19 at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, also feature non-playoff bouts and will be aired simulcast on ESPN and ESPN+.

The current official line-up for Aug. 19 is:

KAYLA HARRISON (10-0-0) VS. GENAH FABIAN (4-1-0)

BRUNO CAPPELOZZA (12-5-0) VS. JAMELLE JONES (11-6-0)

LARISSA PACHECCO (15-4-0) Larissa Pacheco VS. TAYLOR GUARDADO (2-1-0)

DENIS GOLTSOV (27-6-0) VS. ANTE DELIJA (18-4-0)

RENAN FERREIRA (7-2-0, 1NC) VS. STUART AUSTIN (15-6-0)

KAITLIN YOUNG (12-11-1) VS. MARINA MOKHNATKINA (5-2-0)

CARL SEUMANUTAFA (12-13-0) VS. MUHAMMED DEREESE (8-4-0)

MARIANA MORAIS (17-11-0) VS. ZAMZAGUL FAYZALLANOVA (6-1-0)

CYNTHIA VESCAN (0-0-0) VS. AMANDA LEVE (0-0-0)

TBD VS. TBD

The current card lineup for Aug. 13 is:

RAY COOPER III (22-7-1) VS. RORY MACDONALD (22-7-1)

MAGOMED MAFOMEDKERIMOV (27-6-0) VS. JOAO ZEFERINO (26-9-0)

CLAY COLLARD (20-8-0) VS. RAUSH MANFIO (13-3-0)

LOIK RADZHABOV (14-3-1) VS. ALEXANDER MARTINEZ (8-1-0)

NATAN SCHULTE (21-4-1) VS. OLIVER AUBIN-MERCIER (12-5-0)

SADIBOU SY (9-5-2) VS. GLEISON TIBAU (36-15-0)

DARREL HORCHER (14-4-0) VS. TBD

MAGOMED UMALATOV (10-0-0) VS. MICAH TERRILL (15-8-0)

KYRON BOWEN (9-6-0) VS. MICHAEL LOMBARDO (11-2-0)

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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