Kayla Harrison made it look simple as soon as once more on Thursday evening, shifting one closing step away from her second straight $1 million championship within the PFL playoffs.
The 2-time Olympic gold medalist judoka remained undefeated in MMA with a first-round TKO of Genah Fabian within the girls’s light-weight semifinal in Hollywood, Florida.
Harrison (11-0) was in management from the beginning — or at the least from round 45 seconds into the bout. That was when Harrison closed distance and locked her opponent in a clinch towards the cage. Fabian, a former Muay Thai kickboxing world champion, was capable of stay on her ft for over a minute, however by halfway via the spherical Harrison had put her on her again and was in facet management.
Then Harrison, the 2019 PFL champ, moved into full mount and started dropping huge punches till referee Andrew Glenn jumped in to wave off the combat as a TKO at 4 minutes, 1 second of Spherical 1.
“Pay attention, everybody retains saying, oh, how do you clear up the Kayla Harrison puzzle? … Spoiler alert: There is no such thing as a fricking puzzle,” mentioned Harrison. “I put you in your again and I mess you up.”
Harrison, who trains at American Prime Group in close by Coconut Creek, tousled Fabian rather a lot in lower than a spherical, constructing a 66-0 placing benefit. Subsequent she’s going to direct her fury towards Taylor Guardado, who earned a spot within the Oct. 27 closing by defeating alternate Mariana Morais in Thursday’s different 155-pound semifinal. Harrison is the No. 2 seed, Guardado No. 3. Morais was a late alternative for No. 1 seed Larissa Pacheco, who missed weight on Wednesday.
“I informed you: One after the other, they’re all gonna fall,” mentioned Harrison. “So doubt me now, however I am gonna present you the way nice I’m.”
Fabian (4-2), a 31-year-old from New Zealand, trains at Metropolis Kickboxing, residence of two UFC champions — middleweight Israel Adesanya and featherweight Alexander Volkanovski. Within the leadup to Thursday’s bout, that gymnasium pedigree was usually introduced up as Fabian’s greatest hope. Harrison didn’t purchase it.
“You saved speaking about scientists — oh, the scientists at Metropolis Kickboxing,” mentioned Harrison. “Izzy could not cease my takedowns.”
The opposite semifinals on Thursday arrange the PFL heavyweight finale, which is able to pit Bruno Cappelozza vs. Ante Delija. Cappelozza, the highest seed, knocked out No. 4 seed Jamelle Jones within the second spherical. Delija, the No. 3 seed, upset second-seeded Denis Goltsov by unanimous determination.
The finals within the PFL’s six weight lessons additionally can be at Seminole Arduous Rock Resort & On line casino in Hollywood, and can be on ESPN2. The welterweight and light-weight finalists had been decided final week, and the featherweight and light-weight heavyweights semifinals can be fought on Aug. 27.