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The Professional Fighters League staged their season ending card of championship finals Wednesday headlined by another ho-hum win for two-time Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison as she took her second straight women's lightweight title against an overmatched Taylor Guardado. Harrison landed an assortment of trips and a beautiful outside leg reap throw to continually take Guardado down and control her on the mat, finally securing an armbar late in round two to gain the submission victory and million dollar championship prize. Now a free agent, the unbeaten Harrison is certain to field significant offers from all the major promotions.
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Kayla Harrison
Kayla Harrison inched closer to what may become the most lucrative free agency in mixed martial arts history with yet another ho-hum first round stoppage defeating Genah Fabian in the main event of PFL 8 Thursday night from Hollywood, Fla. Harrison quickly got a clinch against the taller striking specialist and, after throwing a few knees to the leg, took Fabian down with a trip landing in side control. She soon mounted and began raining punches down on Fabian who had no answer for the two-time Olympic judo gold medalist's ground game. As her opponent turned to her stomach, Harrison continued to pound her until the referee finally stopped the contest.
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Kayla Harrison 2021

Thursday night's Professional Fighters League show from Atlantic City was a mixed bag of results as Olympic champion and defending PFL titleholder Kayla Harrison made quick work of her opponent while former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum suffered a controversial loss in his PFL debut. The two-time judo gold medalist did what she does in her women's lightweight bout getting a quick takedown against Mariana Morais, moving into mount and unleashing punches until the referee stopped the fight a minute and a half in.

Werdum looked on a similar trajectory against heavyweight foe Renan Ferreira gaining the early takedown and slowly advancing position. But as he attempted to pass from half-guard into mount, Ferreira reversed him, though Werdum was able to slip into a triangle choke from the bottom appearing to make Ferreira tap. Referee Keith Peterson failed to see it, however.

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The Professional Fighters League continues to release roster information for their upcoming 2021 season naming their men's heavyweight and women's lightweight divisions on Tuesday. The heavyweight division will see the return of unbeaten defending champion Ali Isaev. It will also feature newcomer, and former UFC heavyweight titlist, Fabricio Werdum.

The women's lightweight division will see the return of the PFL's most recognizable champion. After dropping down to featherweight to take a fight for the Invicta promotion last November, two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison goes back to 155 pounds to defend her 2019 PFL lightweight championship. The two divisions are scheduled to debut May 6.