2021 PFL Playoffs 2 predictions: Is Kayla Harrison one of our two unanimous picks?

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Harrison
vs.
Fabian

Cappelozza
vs.
Jones

Pacheco
vs.
Guardado

Goltsov
vs.
Delija

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 124-77

harrison2021


Harrison
(78%)

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Cappelozza
(66%)

pacheco2021


Pacheco
(84%)

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Goltsov
(74%)

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 127-74

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Harrison

jones2021


Jones

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Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 125-76

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Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 123-78

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2018 Champion

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 121-80

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2020 Champion

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

guardado2021


Guardado

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 119-82

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2014 Champion

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 118-83

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 118-83

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 117-84

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

guardado2021


Guardado

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 116-85

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 115-86

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 113-88

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2017 Champion

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 112-89

harrison2021


Harrison

cappelozza2021


Cappelozza

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
2021: 46-39

harrison2021


Harrison

jones2021


Jones

pacheco2021


Pacheco

goltsov2021


Goltsov

(Editor’s note: Our picks published prior to the news of Larissa Pacheco being forced out after she weighed in two pounds over the limit.)

The PFL returns this week with the second of three straight weeks of semifinal fights.

2021 PFL Playoffs 2 takes place Thursday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The main card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, 2019 women’s lightweight season winner Kayla Harrison (10-0) takes on Genah Fabian (4-1) in the 2021 semifinals. Harrison won both her regular season fights by first-round stoppage for the maximum 12 points, but is the No. 2 seed because Larissa Pacheco had a shorter total fight time en route to her 12 points. Harrison is one of two unanimous picks from our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

In the co-feature, top heavyweight seed Bruno Cappelozza (12-5) takes on No. 4 Jamelle Jones (12-6). After two first-round knockouts in the regular season, Cappelozza is a heavy 11-2 pick from our staff members.

The top women’s lightweight seed in the other semifinal is Larissa Pacheco (15-4), who is coming off two first-round finishes in the regular season. She’s a huge 11-2 pick against No. 4 seed Taylor Guardado (2-1).

Our other unanimous pick on the main card is in the second heavyweight semifinal fight between Denis Goltsov (27-6) and Ante Delija (18-4). Goltsov had finishes of Muhammad DeReese and Brandon Sayles in the regular season.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Harrison (78 percent), Cappelozza (66 percent), Pacheco (84 percent) and Goltsov (74 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.