FORT LAUDERDALE – The PFL 2021 season is coming to its end on Oct. 27 where six new world champions will be crowned and awarded a million dollars each.
Headlining the event once again will be the unbeaten 155-pound lightweight superstar, Kayla Harrison (11-0) as she looks to repeat as a champion by taking out Taylor Guardado (3-1). Guardado, a former Invicta FC Phoenix series finalist at bantamweight, entered the promotion off the heels of a Teneisha Tennant defeat. Three wins later and she’s positioned in the biggest spot of her career with one of the grandest prizes in the sport.
The evening’s co-main event acts as a rematch from the 2018 PFL Finals. Originally falling short against Russia’s Magomed Magomedkerimov, Ray Cooper III has been near perfect since their first encounter. Fresh off a big victory over former Bellator champion, Rory MacDonald, Cooper III plans to right the wrongs from years prior.
Outside of the championship fights will be a handful of showcase bouts – most notably at 155-pounds when Claressa Shields meets Abigail Montes in her sophomore MMA outing. Earlier in the night, former Bellator featherweight queen Julia Budd also makes her PFL arrival when welcomed by fellow pioneer, Kaitlin Young.
The full results from Tuesday’s weigh-ins can be seen below.
- Lightweight – 155lbs: Kayla Harrison (153) vs. Taylor Guardado (154.5)
- Welterweight – 170lbs: Ray Cooper III (169) vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov (170)
- Lightweight: Claressa Shields (155) vs. Abigail Montes (154.5)
- Featherweight – 145lbs: Movlid Khaybulaev (145) vs. Chris Wade (145)
- Heavyweight – 207-265lbs: Ante Delija (243) vs. Bruno Cappelozza (236.5)
- Light Heavyweight – 205lbs: Antônio Carlos Júnior (204.5) vs. Marthin Hamlet (205)
- Lightweight: Loik Radzhabov (155) vs. Raush Manfio (155)
- Light Heavyweight: Omari Akhmedov (203.5) vs. Jordan Young (206)
- Lightweight: Julia Budd (154.5) vs. Kaitlin Young (155.5)
- Lightweight: Don Madge (155.5) vs. Nathan Williams (155.5)
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