Kayla Harrison made it look straightforward as soon as once more on Thursday night time, transferring one ultimate step away from her second straight $1 million championship within the PFL playoffs.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist judoka remained undefeated in MMA with a first-round TKO of Genah Fabian within the ladies’s light-weight semifinal in Hollywood, Florida.
Harrison (11-0) was in management from the beginning — or a minimum of from round 45 seconds into the bout. That was when Harrison closed distance and locked her opponent in a clinch in opposition to the cage. Fabian, a former Muay Thai kickboxing world champion, was capable of stay on her toes for over a minute, however by halfway via the spherical Harrison had put her on her again and was in aspect management.
Then Harrison, the 2019 PFL champ, moved into full mount and commenced dropping massive punches till referee Andrew Glenn jumped in to wave off the combat as a TKO at 4 minutes, 1 second of Round 1.
“Listen, everyone keeps saying, oh, how do you solve the Kayla Harrison puzzle? … Spoiler alert: There is no fricking puzzle,” mentioned Harrison. “I put you on your back and I mess you up.”
Harrison, who trains at American Top Team in close by Coconut Creek, tousled Fabian lots in lower than a spherical, constructing a 66-0 placing benefit. Next she’s going to direct her fury towards Taylor Guardado, who earned a spot within the Oct. 27 ultimate by defeating alternate Mariana Morais in Thursday’s different 155-pound semifinal. Harrison is the No. 2 seed, Guardado No. 3. Morais was a late alternative for No. 1 seed Larissa Pacheco, who missed weight on Wednesday.
“I told you: One by one, they’re all gonna fall,” mentioned Harrison. “So doubt me now, but I’m gonna show you how great I am.”
Fabian (4-2), a 31-year-old from New Zealand, trains at City Kickboxing, dwelling of two UFC champions — middleweight Israel Adesanya and featherweight Alexander Volkanovski. In the leadup to Thursday’s bout, that fitness center pedigree was typically introduced up as Fabian’s finest hope. Harrison didn’t purchase it.
“You kept talking about scientists — oh, the scientists at City Kickboxing,” mentioned Harrison. “Izzy couldn’t stop my takedowns.”
The different semifinals on Thursday arrange the PFL heavyweight finale, which is able to pit Bruno Cappelozza vs. Ante Delija. Cappelozza, the highest seed, knocked out No. 4 seed Jamelle Jones within the second spherical. Delija, the No. 3 seed, upset second-seeded Denis Goltsov by unanimous determination.
The finals within the PFL’s six weight lessons additionally will likely be at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, and will likely be on ESPN2. The welterweight and light-weight finalists have been decided final week, and the featherweight and lightweight heavyweights semifinals will likely be fought on Aug. 27.