“Izzy Couldn’t Stop My Takedowns” – Kayla Harrison Goes on a Rant – Tries to Take Down Jorge Masvidal in the Ring

Published 08/20/2021, 5:31 AM EDT


At PFL 8, MMA fans witnessed Kayla Harrison emerge victorious in the PFL 2021 women’s lightweight tournament semi-finals. After her win, the ‘Doug’ made a bold claim about Israel Adesanya. This came right after she hilariously tried to takedown Jorge Masvidal.

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Harrison entered her second PFL playoffs, where she clashed against Genah Fabian in the semi-finals. The bout resulted in the ‘Doug’ claiming a dominant first-round TKO victory. 

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Following the fight, the former UFC welterweight title challenger, Jorge Masvidal, entered the ring to congratulate Harrison. That is when she hilariously tried a takedown attempt, and Masvidal quickly ran away laughing.

Meanwhile, the bold claim regarding the current UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, was a dig at her opponent. It is because Fabian and Adesanya share the same gym at City Kickboxing in Auckland, New Zealand. 

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In the post-fight interview, Harrison said – “Listen, everyone keeps saying, oh! ‘How do you solve the Kayla Harrison puzzle?’… Spoiler alert! There is no freaking puzzle. I put you on your back and I mess you up. I told you one by one, they are all going to fall.”

“You kept talking about scientists. Oh, the scientists at City Kickboxing. Izzy couldn’t stop my takedowns!”

Meanwhile, ‘The Last Stylebender’ is known for having a good takedown defense. Thus, Harrison precisely took Adesanya’s name.

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Kayla Harrison vs. Taylor Guardado: Can the ‘Doug’ repeat history?

Harrison is the PFL’s 2019 women’s lightweight championship tournament winner. She defeated Larissa Pacheco via unanimous decision at PFL 10 in the finals. Now, as she advances to the finals yet again, the crucial question that arises is whether she can repeat history?

Her opponent, Taylor Guardado, is an upcoming MMA athlete who has a professional record of 3-1. Hence, Harrison has more experience as she has had more fights than her opponent. Moreover, the ‘Doug’ is undefeated to date, having a spectacular professional record of 11-0.

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To top it off, Harrison is good at both stand-up and down on the ground- five T/KO and four submissions back up these numbers. Meanwhile, all of Guardado’s fights have gone to the distance.

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Hence, on paper, there is a very good chance of Harrison repeating history as she excels in every aspect. However, anything can happen in the world of combat sports.

What do you make of Harrison’s rant after her dominant victory in the semi-finals? Can the ‘Doug’ repeat history?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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