Kayla Harrison rose to prominence with the Olympic Judo Gold Medal in a row, but she is coming three years after her debut in the MMA life game.
Well, except talk nonsense whenever it comes. He is certainly in that foul game when screaming wheels like Connor McGregor and Ronda Rousey got the most oil in years.
“I know. I know,” Harrison told the Post on the phone earlier this month with a resignation in his voice. “But I’m just going to do it my way.”
So far, Harrison’s approach has been working fine, as the Professional Fighters League women’s lightweight champion from the 2019 season – the third season planned last year was postponed due to the coronovirus epidemic – finally $ 1 million Prepare to repeat as award winner this upcoming campaign.
And while Harrison (8–0, six finishes) seems to be the PFL, which holds its annual schedule as a season with the playoffs and a season-end championship bout at the end of the year, which it did two years ago. Upgraded the competition in its division. Women’s MMA: That was a fight to be against a living legend of Kris “Cyborg” Justino.
According to Harrison, both he and the PFL angled for the Battle of Cyborg, which also occurred after signing with former UFC featherweight champion Belter. PFL worked hard to bring its rider on when it hit free agency in 2019. Cross-promotion globally is rare in MMA, though there is precedent for Bellator. I wish the fight was never together.
Thus earlier this year a public back-and-forth between the 30-year-old Olympic hero Harrison and Justino began, which is perhaps the greatest potential of the women’s MMA, which seeded future potential performance Have sown
in Video posted on Justino’s YouTube channel On January 6, Cyborg said that if Harrison emerges victorious in this year’s PFL season that “of course, I would like to make a match with him” and try his hand at rising to 155 pounds.
Harrison, who said she was not surprised that Cyborg picked a “comfortable” landing spot with Bellator in free agency, appeared as a missed opportunity to follow through a mutual desire to vibrate.
‘Now, she’s saying she wants to fight me, but she had a chance to fight me last year,’ Harrison MMA Mania told On February 3rd. “She talks a lot but doesn’t sign a lot on the dotted line.”
Not known to honor him, Justino Responded on twitter One day later with an oral counter uppercase.
“I don’t know … how many times did [Harrison] fight for [PFL] In 2020! … I only sign mine when I count. “
Cyborg won a pair of 145-pound championship fights in the Bellator cage last year, while Harrison was only allowed by PFL to compete on the regional scene once in November for Invicta FC and a scheduled Titan FC bout fall due to his opponent Millie hospitalized during Battle Week in December.
Considering all, Harrison admits that she cannot offer a vengeance, given the PFL’s postponed season.
“There’s no return from there,” Harrison told the Post. “What should I say? Yes you’re fine. I didn’t get to fight last year. It’s not for lack of desire, like I said ‘no’ to any quarrel. I’m begging people to fight me.” having had. “
Harrison then interrupts himself to take his answer in a different direction, a purely indifference to Justino who exposes his desire to test himself against the best in MMA after years of doing so in the judo world .
“I hate trash talk,” Harrison said. “I have great respect for Cyborg. I think she is the leader of the game. I think he fought a tough fight throughout his career. But I would love to fight him. I have a lot of respect for him, but I am not afraid of anyone, and I think my career and time will prove that I am not afraid of anyone. And I’m looking forward to the day when we can both sign the right dotted line and step into the cage and close the door because, then, there’s nothing else. “
For now, Harrison vs. Cyborg is fictional matchmaking. The real fights will go ahead in the coming months as the PFL prepares to make its third season debut in April. The 10-woman roster alongside Harrison features 2019 PFL runner-up Larissa Pacheco and UFC veteran Cindy Dandois.
Announcing from the roster that “no one caught my eye in a big, big way”, Harrison said she believed at this point that her toughest challenge would come once again from Pacheco, which only Will walk the distance with the woman and who did so twice. Harrison thinks the 26-year-old Brazilian, who lost two of his UFC bouts at 135 pounds, the 20-year-old of future champions Jermaine De Randamy and Jessica Andrade, does not get “enough credit”.
“The amount that this girl has developed and developed as a fighter, both physically and as a fighter [with] Harrison said the experience he has makes him very formidable.