2021 PFL Championship results: Kayla Harrison dominates Taylor Guardado to win second championship

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Kayla Harrison has done it again.

The two-time Olympic judo gold medalist has won her second PFL title and the $1 million prize that comes with it. Harrison (12-0) won the 2021 season by submitting Taylor Guardado in the women’s lightweight final in the main event of 2021 PFL Championship.

The 2021 PFL Championship took place on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The main card aired on ESPN2 and streams on ESPN+ with the prelims exclusively on ESPN+.

It was an easy night for Harrison.

The American Top Team product controlled Guardado (3-2) for almost the entirety of the fight.

In the first round, Harrison exchanged combinations with Guardado before quickly taking the fight to the ground. Guardado landed a nice right hand, but from there, Harrison went to work. She would land some solid shots and look for submissions, but Guardado did a good job at defending and getting back to her feet. It didn’t take long for the fight to go back down to the canvas, as Harrison hit a judo throw on Guardado.

The second round was much of the same, but this time, the finish would come. Harrison took down Guardado, mounted her, set up the armbar, and then got the tap. The official stoppage came at the 4:00 mark of Round 2.


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The win against Guardado marks Harrison’s last fight on her contract with PFL. She plans on testing free agency and has given no inclination whether she plans to re-sign with PFL or go elsewhere.

Harrison made her transition to MMA in the summer of 2018. She’s been undefeated since, winning two PFL seasons and compiling 11 wins with nine finishes. Harrison won gold medals at 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Full results of 2021 PFL Championship include:

  • Kayla Harrison def. Taylor Guardado via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:00 –women’s lightweight final

  • Ray Cooper III def. Magomed Magomedkerimov via knockout (punches) – Round 3, 3:02 – welterweight final

  • Abigail Montes def. Claressa Shields via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

  • Bruno Cappelozza def. Ante Delija via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 48-46) – heavyweight final

  • Movlid Khaybulaev def. Chris Wade via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) – featherweight final

  • Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marthin Hamlet via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:49 – light heavyweight final

  • Raush Manfio def. Loik Radzhabov via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 49-46)– lightweight final

  • Jordan Young def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:32

  • Julia Budd def. Kaitlin Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Don Madge def. Nathan Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:15