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2021 PFL Playoffs 2: Results and Takeaways

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The PFL rolled on with their second week of playoffs contention on Thursday, August 19. This time with action in the women’s lightweight and heavyweight divisions. Four fighters secured spots in the finals and a shot at winning $1 million. Join us as we discuss the results and give our biggest takeaways from the card!

2021 PFL Playoffs 2 Results

Main Card

  • Kayla Harrison defeats Genah Fabian via TKO – Round 1 (4:01)
  • Bruno Cappelozza defeats Jamelle Jones via TKO – Round 2 (1:33)
  • Taylor Guardado defeats Mariana Morais via Split Decision – (29-28 x2, 28-29)
  • Ante Delija defeats Denis Goltstov via Unanimous Decision – (29-28 x3)

Prelims

  • Renan Ferreira defeats Stuart Austin via KO – Round 1 (0:31)
  • Muhammed DeReese defeats Carl Seumanutafa via Unanimous Decision – (30-27, 29-28 x2)
  • Marina Mokhnatkina defeats Claudia Zamora via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x3)
  • Amanda Leve defeats Miranda Barber via Submission – Round 1 (4:18)
  • Christian Lohsen defeats Jonas Flok via Unanimous Decision – (29-28 x3)

2021 PFL Playoffs 2 Takeaways

Kayla Harrison Does What Kayla Harrison Wants

In the main event of the evening, Kayla Harrison dominated her way to another PFL Championship opportunity by defeating Genah Fabian via first-round TKO. Harrison said it best in her post-fight interview by simply stating “I put you on your back and I mess you up.” Well, we can’t argue with that statement considering this is precisely what the undefeated phenom does every time she steps into the cage.

It seems almost inevitable at this point that Kayla Harrison will come out each time she fights and make a statement. And now that she is cutting some Ric Flair style promos, she is turning into a star right in front of the fans’ eyes. What else makes Harrison so special is that she realizes how great she is, yet is adamant on continuing to improve her skills each passing day en route to her main goal: becoming the greatest female fighter on the planet.

Now, while her friend and training partner, Amanda Nunes may have something to say about that, it does make the mind ponder. With each Harrison victory becoming more dominant, and a second PFL title within reach, this potential super fight may not seem as distant as it once seemed. 

However, Kayla Harrison must first get through one final test before looking too far into the future. This being Taylor Guardado in the women’s lightweight finals, which will take place on Wednesday, October 27. Should Harrison come out victorious once more, not only will she add another world title to her mantle and become $1 million richer. It will also be the final fight of her PFL contract and could very well start a bidding war for one of the biggest free agents in MMA history. 

Bruno Cappelozza: 13 Victories, 13 Knockouts

The heavyweight co-main event of the evening saw Bruno Cappelozza earn his spot in the finals on October 27 against a former foe, Ante Delija. He did so by securing a nasty TKO victory against Jamelle Jones in the second round. The finish came after a very patient, technical approach, that saw Cappelozza get the upper hand in all aspects of the fight. This gave him his 13th professional victory, all of which have come by way of KO/TKO. 

This extends Bruno Cappelozza’s PFL record to a perfect 3-0, obviously all via finish, one being against the aforementioned Delija. On top of this, he set a new PFL record by landing a kick at 61 mph during his semifinal bout. We guess that smart cage is pretty cool after all if metrics like this can be recorded.

All stats aside, it is great to see a long-time veteran of the fight game in Cappelozza earn the biggest fight of his life in such a prominent organization. At just 32 years old, should he go out and cap off his fantastic 2021 PFL season, there could be some big opportunities for the Brazilian in his future. 

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Dominic Sallee is a Combat Sports writer. He focuses primarily on the UFC, with plans to venture out with pieces from other MMA organizations in the future. Along with writing, Dominic is also the Co-Host of the Below Average Joe's MMA Podcast, which produces 2-3 new episodes per week about all things in the MMA community!