Harrison Headlines PFL Lightweight Tourney
The Professional Fighters League has made a big investment, as they have signed Kayla Harrision to an exclusive deal to be the centerpiece of their new women’s lightweight tournament for their 2019 season.
“We’re super excited to continue working with Kayla,” said PFL president Carlos Silva. “We’re going to go ahead and add a seventh weight division to our format. It’s going to operate the same as the men’s divisions have in 2018. We thought it was a smart weight for some of these women to compete at.”
Harrison would debut with the PFL in June, and has won both of her initial fights as an MMA competitor, and looks to continue her undefeated streak in the only women’s lightweight division in the United States.
“PFL has believed in me from Day 1,” Harrison told ESPN. “They’re doing amazing things with the sport. They’re creating the first 155-pound female weight class in MMA, and establishing that female fighters will have the same opportunities at winning prize money as male fighters.”
“I had always assumed they would want me to go down in weight, but the owners actually approached me and said, ‘Listen, we want you healthy and strong. “I think there are girls out there who want to fight, and this sends a positive message to young girls all over the world. I don’t believe in cutting weight. There’s no reason for it.”
Harrison has one woman at the top of the list for a 155 pound tournament, current UFC women’s featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg.
Cyborg is nearing the end of her UFC deal, and has considered walking away from the organization and sport in 2019 and focus on boxing. Harrison has other ideas for the undefeated Brazilian.
“I think next year will give me a lot of time to grow and change,” Harrison said. “By the end of next year, I’ll be 8-0, undefeated through a regular season and playoffs. I think PFL will have a great opportunity to say to Cyborg, ‘Hey, why don’t you come over here?’ We’ll have ourselves a real exciting tournament.”
Initial Report: ESPN