3 reasons to watch PFL Playoffs: Kayla Harrison vs. Genah Fabian

Check out week 2 of the PFL Playoffs on Friday night from Hollywood, FL.

The PFL returns for week 2 of the postseason, as Kayla Harrison and Genah Fabian will finally fight in a lightweight main event. Originally scheduled to compete in the 2019 playoffs, Fabian withdrew, and both women marched on with their careers. Harrison, an Olympic gold medalist in judo, is 10-0 in MMA and has quickly made a name for herself as one of the most popular fighters in the promotion.

Her last bout saw her make quick work of Cindy Dandois in June, as Harrison won by first-round armbar. It was her seventh stoppage win and her second cage appearance of the calendar year. Fabian enters the bout at 4-1 and will look to keep her momentum going after back-to-back wins against Julija Pajić and Laura Sanchez during the regular season.

Despite a busy night in MMA, here are three reasons why the second weekend of the PFL playoffs is worth taking a look at.

1. Can anyone stop Kayla Harrison?

Outside of UFC champ-champ Amanda Nunes and Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, there are few women who can stake their rightful claim as the women’s MMA GOAT. Harrison seems to be veering in that direction. Since making her professional debut in 2018, Harrison has dispatched the likes of Mariana Morais, Courtney King, and Bobbi-Jo Dalziel during her stint with the PFL. The question now becomes, does Harrison have any glaring holes in her MMA game? Tune in on Friday night to find out.

2. Will Denis Goltsov keep the momentum going?

Denis Goltsov will look to move one step closer to the one-million-dollar prize if he can get past Ante Delija in a heavyweight contest. So far in 2021, Golttsov has shown no signs of slowing down, as he dispatched Brandon Sayles and Mo DeReese in two hellacious ground-and-pound flurries, respectively. Goltsov has been with the PFL since June 2019 and is 5-1. His only defeat came against Ali Isaev via a third-round TKO.

Can Goltsov continue his winning ways? Only time will tell.

3. Can Larissa Pacheo make it three straight wins?

Larissa Pacheo makes her return to the PFL cage after back-to-back wins against Helena Kolesnyk and Pajić thus far in 2021. Harrison has been the lone woman to have defeated Pacheo since joining the PFL and to give herself a chance at a third crack, she’ll have to get by Taylor Guardado. Guardado is 2-1 in MMA, with her two wins coming under the PFL banner. As long as Pacheo can avoid an upset, a trilogy fight with Harrison looks rather promising.

All in all, week 2 of the playoffs should produce more action-packed excitement, as the finals draw closer to fruition.

The remaining PFL playoffs take place on Aug. 19, and 27, live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Tue, 17 Aug 2021 00:24:24 +0000

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