Updates and outcomes as heavyweights, girls’s lightweights vie for $1M finals


Because the PFL playoffs proceed with semifinals in two weight courses on Thursday in Hollywood, Florida (live on ESPN+; 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+), the rising narrative may very well be {that a} dominant champion stays within the driver’s seat. Or it may very well be that somebody new is about to take the wheel. Or each.

Kayla Harrison, who rolled to the 2019 PFL girls’s light-weight championship, headlines the battle card at Seminole Exhausting Rock Resort & On line casino, taking on kickboxer Genah Fabian in a single semifinal. Harrison (10-0) is a heavy favourite on this bout, regardless of Fabian’s pedigree of coaching at Metropolis Kickboxing in New Zealand with two UFC champions, middleweight Israel Adesanya and featherweight Alexander Volkanovski.

Past this week’s battle, Harrison is the frontrunner for the $1 million championship — a place she’s much more firmly entrenched in after the withdrawal of No. 1 seed Larissa Pacheco, who missed weight on Wednesday. Her scheduled opponent, Taylor Guardado, now faces alternate Mariana Morais.

However whereas there is a good likelihood the 2021 girls’s light-weight champion would be the identical because the 2019 champ, there’s assured to be a brand new titlist at heavyweight, the opposite division that locks down its finalists on Thursday.

2019 PFL heavyweight champion, Ali Isaev, by no means made it to the cage this season to defend his title. That leaves 4 new names within the combine. Bruno Cappelozza, the No. 1 seed, takes on Jamelle Jones, and second-seeded Denis Goltsov faces Ante Delija.

Observe alongside for recaps and evaluation all through the evening.

Present battle: Heavyweight: Carl Seumanutafa vs. Muhammed DeReese

Ladies’s light-weight: Marina Mokhnatkina def. Claudia Zamora by unanimous choice

Full recap to return.

Ladies’s light-weight: Amanda Leve def. Miranda Barber by first-round submission

Leve, a two-time world champion in jiu-jitsu, clearly needed to make an announcement by exhibiting off her standup expertise in her professional MMA debut. She didn’t try a takedown within the first three minutes of the battle. However after Barber wobbled her with a straight proper hand, then swarmed her with punches, Leve determined sufficient was sufficient.

Leve, who fights out of Philadelphia, went for the takedown and shortly turned it right into a rear-naked choke, ending Barber at 4:18. Barber, out of close by Boca Raton, is 1-2 as a professional.

Males’s light-weight: Christian Lohsen def. Jonas Flok by unanimous choice

It was solely becoming that the primary winner in an evening of fights in Hollywood, Florida, was a fighter from Florida nicknamed “Hollywood.” Lohsen used sturdy, fluid grappling to safe his fifth victory in his final six bouts, as all three judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 on the finish of three rounds.

The 26-year-old Lohsen had received six of his final eight by submission, and he did threaten Flok all through with a wide range of completely different submission makes an attempt, however Flok, who fights out of Wisconsin, toughed it out to the ultimate bell. Each lightweights had been making their PFL debuts.

Nonetheless to return:

Semifinals, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN+)

Ladies’s light-weight: No. 2 Kayla Harrison vs. No. 3 Genah Fabian
Heavyweight: No. 1 Bruno Cappelozza vs. No. 4 Jamelle Jones
Ladies’s light-weight: No. 4 Taylor Guardado vs. No. 5 Mariana Morais
Heavyweight: No. 2 Denis Goltsov vs. No. 3. Ante Delija

Reside (ESPN+)

Heavyweight: Renan Ferreira vs. Stuart Austin

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