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Kayla Harrison mauls Taylor Guardado, earns an armbar finish to secure the 2021 PFL light-weight title.
In what was possibly the final fight in the PFL, Kayla Harrison made yet another dominant success over Taylor Guardado to secure the 2021 light-weight title.
Guardado landed some good shots in the opening minutes, but Harrison rapidly moved the battle to the ground and regulated position. She landed a barrage of nasty ground-and-pound mixes that forced Guardado to make it through to Round 2.
In the 2nd round, Harrison and Guardado traded some tough shots on the feet. But midway through, Harrison protected another big takedown versus the cage with relative ease.
This would be the beginning of completion of the fight. Harrison kept top install and smashed Guardado with hard punches, eventually transitioning to side control and securing the armbar submission for the win.
The PFL championship occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
Guardado emerged as the surprise of the department this year after wins over Lauren Sanchez and Helena Kolesnyk. She topped it off with a split decision win over Morais to clinch an area in the championship against Harrison. Guardado signed up with the league after taking a fight in Invicta FC in her professional debut.
How did Kayla Harrison and Taylor Guardado get to the PFL Finals?
Harrison entered the 2021 season undefeated in her MMA profession and continued her dominant streak with wins over Mariana Morais and Cindy Dandois to clinch a spot in the playoffs. It didnt take wish for her to overwhelm Genah Fabian en path to another first-round finish in the semifinals.
Guardado became the surprise of the department this year after wins over Lauren Sanchez and Helena Kolesnyk. She topped it off with a split choice win over Morais to clinch a spot in the champion against Harrison. Guardado joined the league after taking a fight in Invicta FC in her expert launching.
Whether that was the last time that Harrison will complete in the PFL cage remains to be seen. But, if thats the case, she ended her tenure in the league just as dominant as she entered it.