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2021 PFL World Championship: Harrison vs. Guardado predictions

Tonight, Kayla Harrison will attempt to defend her PFL women’s lightweight title for the second consecutive time.

Harrison will attempt to fend off challenger Taylor Guardado and collect the $1 million USD prize in the main event.

There are five more title bouts, each with a $1 million USD prize and the second MMA bout of twice undisputed women’s boxing champion Claressa Shields.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

PFL 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP PRELIMS (4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT)

DON MADGE (9-3-1) VS. NATHAN WILLIAMS (12-7-0)

Andrews: Madge needs to keep the fight standing and there he should connect for the knockout or get the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Don Madge via TKO

JULIA BUDD (15-3-0) VS. KAITLIN YOUNG (12-11-1)

Andrews: I expect the former Bellator champion to send a message tonight with her first finish since 2019. Young can only hope that Budd underestimated her.

Andrews Prediction: Julia Budd via TKO

OMARI AKHMEDOV (21-6-1) VS. JORDAN YOUNG (11-2-0)

Andrews: Akhmedov is more well-rounded and should be able to use striking to grappling to keep the ground game of Young at bay.

Andrews Prediction: Omari Akhmedov via UD

LOIK RADZHABOV (15-3-1) VS. RAUSH MANFIO (14-3-0)

Andrews: Close bout on paper. Can Manfio keep the fight standing and avoid the takedown? Can Loik Radzhabov use his grappling? Manfio gets the slight edge.

Andrews Prediction: Raush Manfio via SD

ANTONIO CARLOS JR. (12-5-0, 2NC) VS. MARTHIN HAMLET (8-2-0)

Andrews: The UFC experience of Carlos Jr. should help him overcome the talent and toughness of Hamlet.

Andrews Prediction: Antonio Carlos Jr. via UD

MAIN CARD (8PM ET/5PM PT)

(C) BRUNO HENRIQUE CAPPELOZZA (13-5-0) ANTE DELFJA (19-4-0)

Andrews: This is a rematch of their regular season bout. Bruno takes it again but this one make take a bit longer.

Andrews Prediction: Bruno Henrique Cappelozza via TKO

MOVLID KHAYBULAEV (18-0-1, 1NC) VS. CHRIS WADE (20-6-0)

Andrews: Wade needs the performance of his life to overcome the grappling of “Killer.”

Andrews Prediction: Movlid Khaybulaev via UD

CLARESSA SHIELDS (1-0-0) VS. ABIGAIL MONTES (2-0-0)

Andrews: I’m not sure Montes has the ground game that Elkin had to threaten Shields but it’s still her best bet. Shields says she has improved on the ground and I don’t doubt her but she needs to put her away early and I think she does.

Andrews Prediction: Claressa Shields via TKO

(C) RAY COOPER III (23-7-1) VS. MAGOMED MAGOMEDKERIMOV (28-5-0)

Andrews: Perhaps Cooper has something special this time, but I think Magomed has his number. Once the fight gets dragged to the ground, Magomed should dominate.

Andrews Prediction: Magomed Magomedkerimov via submission

MAIN EVENT

(C) KAYLA HARRISON(11-0-0) VS. TAYLOR GUARDADO (3-1-0) 

Andrews: I don’t know anyone who is giving Taylor a chance. Kayla wins.

Andrews Prediction Kayla Harrison via TKO

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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