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Three-time PFL Women’s lightweight champion Kayla Harrison unsurprisingly worked her way up to yet another title fight in the promotion and looks to make it four championship wins in a row with another win over a familiar face, Larissa Pacheco.
This will be the third time these two competitors faced each other in a PFL title fight, with both matchups having taken place in 2019.
Kayla Harrison showed absolute dominance in the grappling department during both fights and went the full distance to secure a pair of unanimous decision wins over the Brazilian.
Harrison remains undefeated in her mixed martial arts career and has so far six knockout wins, six submission wins, and three wins via judges' decision.
In her most recent mixed martial arts fight at this year's PFL semi-finals, Harrison submitted Martina Jindrova in the opening round via arm-triangle choke.
Larissa Pacheco is on a winning streak of her own, having secured five victories in a row over her most recent opponents, all of which ended impressively via first-round knockout.
Pacheco faced Olena Kolesnyk in the PFL semi-finals and defeated her with a left hook, followed up by some ground and pound.
This is a really close matchup between two elite featherweights, both of which are former PFL champions riding a three-fight winning streak.
Loughnane’s most recent loss came in last season's PFL playoffs vs Russia’s Movlid Khaybulaev in the form of a super close split decision, while Bubba Jenkins lost to Chris Wade via unanimous decision on the same night.
This season, Brendan Loughnane has stacked up three decision wins over Ryoji Kudo, Ago Huskic, and Chris Wade consecutively on his way up to the final.
Bubba Jenkins also won two unanimous decisions of his own on the way to the final, however, he finished his most recent fight vs Ryoji Kudo in the opening round via rear naked choke.
Ante “Walking Trouble” Delija started this season off with a bang when he earned a second-round knockout victory over fellow heavyweight finalist Matheus “Buffa” Scheffel.
Delija followed up the knockout victory with a unanimous decision win over Shelton Graves in his next fight.
“Walking trouble” would face Renan Ferreira in the semi-finals and made short work of his opponent, finishing him with ground-and-pound strikes in the first round to earn himself a spot in the finals.
Following his knockout loss to Delija at the beginning of the season, Matheus Scheffel bounced back with two wins in a row.
The first was a unanimous decision win over Bruno Capellozza, followed by a third-round knockout of former UFC heavyweight, Juan Adams in the third round of his most recent bout.
Julia “The Jewel” Budd is a pioneer of women’s mixed martial arts and has competed in Strikeforce, Invicta FC, Bellator, and now the PFL.
So far Budd has a record of 1-1 in the promotion, starting off her PFL run with a unanimous decision win over Kaitlyn Young and a unanimous decision loss to Genah Fabian in her most recent fight.
Former UFC fighter Aspen Ladd on the other hand will be making her highly anticipated PFL debut in this fight and will hope to put her two-fight losing streak to an end.
Ladd’s most recent win happened way back in 2019 when she defeated Yana Kunitkaya by third-round ground and pound TKO, but she lost her form soon after, losing two unanimous decisions in a row to Norma Dumont and Raquel Pennington, in that order.
Stevie “Braveheart” Ray is having one of the best years of his career, having beaten fellow UFC veteran Anthony Pettis twice in a row en route to this title fight vs “The Canadian Gangster”, Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
Stevie Ray did not start off the season in good form, however, as he lost his opening fight to Alex Martinez via unanimous decision.
Ray’s next fight vs Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is one that will live in the memory of MMA fans for a long time to come as he submitted Pettis in the second round with an ultra-rare “modified twister” submission, before beating the former UFC lightweight champion a second time in a row during the semi-finals, this time via unanimous decision.
Then we have “The Canadian Gangster” Olivier Aubin-Mercier, a UFC veteran with seven wins and five losses in his former promotion, currently on a five-fight winning streak in the PFL.
While Aubin-Merciers does not have a fan-friendly style, he does have the ability to score points as the rounds progress, and in turn secure decision wins.
Dilano Taylor shocked the mixed martial arts world in his last fight vs Rory McDonald when he defeated the “Red King” via first-round knockout, with a right hook followed up by ground and pound.
Prior to securing his spot in the finals, Taylor suffered a second-round TKO loss to Magomed Magomedkerimov, this loss came just after he won a close split decision over Joao Zeferino.
Sadibou Sy on the other hand has been enjoying an undefeated run so far this season, with three consecutive decision wins over Nikolay Aleksakhin, Rory “Red King” McDonald, and Carlos Leal.
Sy generally wins his fights by the decision but with a million dollars and the PFL title on the line, it will be a tough ask to keep Dilano “The Postman” Taylor at bay for the full fight distance.
Omari “Wolverine” Akhmedov spent the vast majority of his mixed martial arts career fighting in the UFC and put together a record of 9-5-1 during that stint, fighting an elite level of competition along the way.
When Akhmedov made his PFL debut last year, things didn't go his way as he was handily defeated by Jordan Young with an uppercut followed up by ground strikes.
This season, Akhmedov has done it all with the PFL, he first defeated Viktor Pesta with a vicious overhand right to end the fight via knockout, then followed that up with a second-round submission of Teodoras Aukstuolis, before finally earning himself a unanimous decision win over Josh Silviera to secure himself a spot in the finals.
On the other side of the cage, we have Rob “Razor” Wilkinson, also a former UFC fighter, who happens to be Israel Adesanya’s first opponent in the UFC.
Wilkinson has been on a hot streak for the past few fights and has so far put together five wins in a row, with all five fights ending within two rounds.
Wilkinson’s semi final performance vs Delan Monte was nothing short of spectacular, as he finished his opponent with a vicious knee in round one.
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Jeremy Stephens to win via KO/TKO/DQ (+800)
Jeremy Stephens to win in round one (+1400)
Fight to go the distance: No (+120)
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Event: PFL 10: 2022 World Championships
Location: Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States
Date / Time: Friday 25th November - 17:30 ET
How to watch: ESPN+, Pay Per View
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