The Professional Fighters League has announced the full PFL World Championship card on October 27 — and Kayla Harrison is topping the affair.
In a press release Monday, PFL officials revealed that Harrison’s fight with Taylor Guardado would top the event, which will feature all six title fights to end off the PFL’s 2021 season.
In addition to Harrison, boxing champ Claressa Shields will also appear, getting main card placement for her fight against Abigail Montes. Shields (1-0 MMA) made her professional debut back in June, earning a third-round TKO against Brittney Elkin. As a boxer, Shields remains undefeated at 11-0, and holds multiple world titles.
The PFL no doubt hope that Shields one day grows into the star Harrison has already become. An unstoppable force in the PFL card, Harrison (11-0) is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner in judo, who won the 2019 women’s lightweight tournament for the promotion. With the 2020 season cancelled due to COVID-19, Harrison dropped down to featheweight for the first time under the Invicta FC banner — potentially foreshadowing her fighting future, with free agency looming after this season.
First up is Taylor Guardado (3-1), who won all three of her bouts inside the PFL cage this year.
The full PFL World Championship card as announced on Monday can be found below. The event will feature the promotional debut on former UFC fighter Don Madge, who previously announced his involvement. Madge is expected to join the league next year, and leave the Ultimate Fighting Championship on a two-fight win streak.
PFL World Championship Card
Main Card (ESPN2)
Kayla Harrison vs. Taylor Guardado – women’s lightweight final
Ray Cooper III vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov – welterweight final
Claressa Shields vs. Abigail Montes
Bruno Cappelozza vs. Ante Delija – heavyweight final
Movlid Khaybulaev vs. Chris Wade – featherweight final
Preliminary Card (ESPN+)
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Marthin Hamlet – light heavyweight final
Loik Radzhabov vs. Raush Manfio – lightweight final
Omari Akhmedov vs. Jordan Young
Don Madge vs. Nathan Williams
TBD vs. TBD