Kayla Harrison Responds To Reports Of Holly Holm Training With Cris Cyborg Ahead Of UFC 300

With Kayla Harrison’s signing to the UFC late last year, the chances of the hopeful matchup between her and Cris Cyborg became very slim.

When the announcement of the PFL’s acquisition of Bellator surfaced, many felt the highly anticipated matchup would come together. Harrison was at the time one of PFL’s biggest stars, and Cyborg was consistently active in Bellator, despite her recent ventures in professional boxing. But, the stars were not set to align, as Harrison decided to take the opportunity the surrounding changes presented, and make the move to the UFC.

Recent reports brought light to the fact that Cris Cyborg has been training Holly Holm in recent weeks, who Harrison is set to make her debut with the promotion against next month at UFC 300.

At a fan Q&A session earlier this week, Harrison was asked for her thoughts on the pair training together, and her response felt as though at this point she is just tired of hearing Cyborg’s name. But, with the next breath, complimented the career of Holm, who she feels is the right next step to achieving her goals of women’s MMA excellence.

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“She just loves to stir the f****** pot, doesn’t she?” Harrison said when asked about Cyborg training with Holm during a UFC 300 fan Q&A. “Go home already, nobody cares.”

“I don’t use the word legend lightly, but I think Holly is very much a legend in the sport,” Harrison said. “She’s been in the top 10 for years now, been a former champ. I didn’t come over here to just see how I can do and fight amongst everyone.

“I’m here to come over and win a UFC title and finish my career on top. So Holly’s a good start to that.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

Harrison certainly achieved everything she felt was needed with the PFL, and saw the jump to the UFC as the most natural next step. But, this change will come with extra challenges, as Harrison will need to cut down to 135-pounds, while in the past she has only ever competed at 145 and 155.

“I mean, when I first started MMA, the goal was always to become UFC champion,” Harrison said. “It’s been a lot of highs and lows, some bumps along the way, but ultimately this was the goal when I came to MMA. I knew that whatever contract I signed was probably going to be the last contract I sign. If not now, then when? I’m ready, I’m willing, I’m able.

“I don’t want to look back and be 70 years old and say, ‘F***, I wish I had given it a shot.’ It’s time to go, baby.”

“Really, bantamweight became a reality and is going to become a reality on April 12,” Harrison said. “It’s not something that I had considered before, but I knew whatever contract I signed was going to be the last contract. This opportunity arose. I don’t want to look back on my life and say, ‘What if, what if, what if.’

“Yes, it’s a sacrifice. Yes, it sucks. I miss pizza, I miss cookies, I miss brownies. But I do believe that UFC gold will be worth it.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

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