- The culmination of the 2021 season for Professional Fighter’s League and $6 million of payouts takes place tonight in Hollywood, Florida. The card is packed from top to bottom with championship fights, UFC and Bellator veterans, and intriguing looks at the future of MMA. Stay tuned right here as MMA Sucka brings you PFL Championships 2021 Results.
All six weight classes featured by the PFL- men’s featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight, as well as women’s lightweight- get a title fight to determine the 2021 season champion.
PFL posterwoman Kayla Harrison tops off the night against the hardy Taylor Guardado, while American world champion boxer Clarissa Shields gets her second test against undefeated Mexican Abigail Montes. At welterweight, Ray Cooper III and Magomed Magomedkerimov vie for their second PFL championships in a rematch of their 2018 championship fight.
Undefeated Dagestani featherweight Movlid Khaybulaev looks to validate his dominance with a PFL title, but UFC veteran Chris Wade stands in his way. At heavyweight, Ante Delija and Bruno Cappelozza have already fought once this season, with Cappelozza knocking out Delija in the first round. Is Cappelozza destined to repeat the victory with greater stakes?
Antonio Carlos Jr. was one the best BJJ fighters in the UFC- now in the PFL light heavyweight finals, he’ll look to seal the deal against unlikely contender Marthin Hamlet of Norway. And in the first championship fight of the night, Loik Radzhabov of Tajikistan battles the surging Raush Manfio, who knocked off Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard on his way to the championship.
The preliminary card also features three interesting debuts, as former Bellator and Strikeforce featherweight champion Julia Budd faces women’s MMA pioneer Kaitlin Young, former UFC middleweight contender Omari Akhmedov faces former blue-chip prospect Jordan Young, and former UFC lightweight Don Madge faces Nate Williams.
It is a stacked night of action of the Professional Fighter’s League, and all the results can be found here in real time. The main card airs at 7pm EST / 4pm PST on ESPN+ and ESPN2, while the preliminary card airs at 4:30pm EST / 1:30pm PST on ESPN+.
PFL Championships 2021 Results:
ESPN+/ESPN2 Main Card (7pm EST / 4pm PST)
Kayla Harrison def. Taylor Guardado via submission (armbar) at 4:00 of round 2
Ray Cooper III def. Magomed Magomedkerimov II via KO at 3:02 of round 3
Abigail Montes def. Claressa Shields via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Movlid Khaybulaev def. Chris Wade via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Bruno Cappelozza II def. Ante Delija via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 48-46)
ESPN+ Prelims (4:30pm EST / 1:30pm PST)
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marthin Hamlet via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:49 of round 1
Raush Manfio def. Loik Radzhabov via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 49-46)
Jordan Young def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) at 1:32 of round 3
Julia Budd def. Kaitlin Young via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Don Madge def. Nate Williams via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:15 of round 2
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