PFL 8 (2021 season)

The PFL 8mixed martial arts event for the 2021 season of the Professional Fighters League was held on August 19, 2021. This was the second event for of the playoffs with the Heavyweight and Women’s Lightweight divisions competing. This event aired on ESPN, with the prelims on ESPN+.[1][2][3]

Professional Fighters League MMA event in 2021

The poster for PFL 8.
Promotion Professional Fighters League
Date August 19, 2021 (2021-August-19)
Venue Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
City Hollywood, Florida, United States
Event chronology
Main article: PFL (2021 season)

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Kayla Harrison, the only two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo in the history of the United States, entered her second PFL playoffs unbeaten in 10 pro bouts. She faced Genah Fabian who held a 4-1 record and had won both of her PFL regular season bouts against Julija Pajic and Laura Sanchez to advance to the playoffs. This is the second time that Harrison and Fabian had been scheduled to fight in the PFL. They were set to meet in the 2019 semifinals in October of that year, but Fabian withdrew due to an illness after issues with her weight cut.[4]

The other lightweight semifinal was expected to feature 2019 finalist Larissa Pacheco and former Invicta FC fighter Taylor Guardado.[5] However, at the weigh-ins, Larissa Pacheco missed weight by 2 pounds and therefore was removed from the tournament and was replaced by 5th seeded Mariana Morais. Morais’s original opponent, Claudia Zamora, instead faced Marina Mokhnatkina after Kaitlin Young, Marina’s opponent, was removed from the card.[6]

The heavyweight playoffs also began. Top seed Bruno Cappelozza took on Jamelle Jones, who qualified for the playoffs with a knockout of Klidson Abreu after stepping in as an alternate. Denis Goltsov and Ante Delija also met in the other heavyweight semifinal.[7][8]

Main Card (ESPN)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Women’s Lightweight Kayla Harrison def. Genah Fabian TKO (punches) 1 4:01
Heavyweight Bruno Cappelozza def. Jamelle Jones TKO (punches) 2 1:33
Women’s Lightweight Taylor Guardado def. Mariana Morais Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Ante Delija def. Denis Goltsov Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (ESPN+)
Heavyweight Renan Ferreira def. Stuart Austin KO (punch) 1 0:31
Heavyweight Muhammed DeReese def. Carl Seumanutafa Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) 3 5:00
Women’s Lightweight Marina Mokhnatkina def. Claudia Zamora Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Women’s Lightweight Amanda Leve def. Miranda Barber Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:18
Lightweight Christian Lohsen def. Jonas Flok Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00

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