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2021 PFL World Championship: Kayla Harrison taps Taylor Guardado to defend lightweight belt

Kayla Harrison came through as the heavy favourite to retain her PFL women’s lightweight title for the second consecutive time against Taylor Guardado.

Harrison used the first round to break Guardado down with some takedowns and ground and pound strikes. Guardado did a solid job of defending but it seemed like she was fighting on borrowed time.

In the second round Harrison took advantage of a weakened Guardado to mount her and then use the armbar to get the submission win.

With the win, Harrison defended her title she won in the last PFL season in 2019. She is also now a free agent and online speculation is already discussing whether or not she will leave for the UFC or Bellator or stay.

Guardado dropped to 3-2-0 with the loss.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

PFL 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP PRELIMS 

DON MADGE VS. NATHAN WILLIAMS

WINNER: DON MADGE VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 2:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DON MADGE VIA TKO

Andrews: Madge went in there and took care of business.

JULIA BUDD VS. KAITLIN YOUNG

WINNER: JULIA BUDD VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JULIA BUDD VIA TKO

Andrews: Budd did her thing but didn’t get the finish like I thought she would.

OMARI AKHMEDOV VS. JORDAN YOUNG 

WINNER: JORDAN YOUNG VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 1:32

ANDREWS PREDICTION: OMARI AKHMEDOV VIA UD

Andrews: Young went out and surprised many, including me, by using strikes to finish the bout.

LOIK RADZHABOV VS. RAUSH MANFIO 

WINNER: RAUSH MANFIO VIA UD (48-46, 48-46, 49-46) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAUSH MANFIO VIA SD

Andrews: Manfio outworked Loik in a phone booth battle.

ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VS. MARTHIN HAMLET 

WINNER: ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VIA UD

Andrews: The UFC experience of Carlos Jr. proved invaluable.

MAIN CARD 

(C) BRUNO HENRIQUE CAPPELOZZA VS. ANTE DELFJA 

WINNER: BRUNO HENRIQUE CAPPELOZZA VIA UD (49-45, 49-45, 48-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRUNO HENRIQUE CAPPELOZZA VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Those first few rounds were murderous but Ante hung in there and went for it. Great fight.

MOVLID KHAYBULAEV VS. CHRIS WADE 

WINNER: MOVLID KHAYBULAEV VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MOVLID KHAYBULAEV VIA UD

Andrews: “Killer” grinded out the bout as expected.

CLARESSA SHIELDS VS. ABIGAIL MONTES 

WINNER: ABIGAIL MONTES VIA SD (28-29,29-28,29-28) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CLARESSA SHIELDS VIA TKO

Andrews: Shields couldn’t put Montes away and she used a late takedown in the final round to get the win. This is a setback for Shields but she will learn from it and come back stronger.

(C) RAY COOPER III VS. MAGOMED MAGOMEDKERIMOV

WINNER: RAY COOPER III VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 3:02

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAGOMED MAGOMEDKERIMOV VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! Cooper III certainly came back with some new tricks. Excellent.

MAIN EVENT

(C) KAYLA HARRISON VS. TAYLOR GUARDADO 

WINNER: KAYLA HARRISON VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R2 4:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAYLA HARRISON VIA TKO

Andrews: As expected, Harrison broke Guardado down and then went for the finish. Now will she leave for the UFC or Bellator or defend yet again?

@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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