Cyborg and Harrison have been interested in fighting one another for quite some time, and the PFL’s acquisition of Bellator MMA has brought this possibility closer to a reality.
“We’ve building up that fight for three years. We’ve been trying to make this fight with Kayla Harrison happen. Me and my team have talked and we think that should be our next fight. I’m in a moment in my career in which we’re trying to finish it in the best way possible, and I see that she’s a big name. We’ve been building up that rivalry between the two of us for a while, three years. I think that’s a fight everyone would like to see.” (h/t Bloody Elbow)
She continued, “I talked to my team, we want to do big fights and I think that Kayla Harrison should be next. Cat Zingano was a great fight, I could have finished my career with that one, but I think Kayla Harrison is another great one. I could finish my career after that, too.”
CYBORG STOPS ZINGANO! 😱
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 8, 2023
Back at Bellator’s 300th event in October, Cyborg defeated former UFC title challenger Cat Zingano in the first round of their contest. The Brazilian felt that this would be an excellent stopping point for her to end her career, but everything changed once the PFL’s purchase of Bellator went through, resulting in the hope for a fight with Harrison being revived.
However, PFL founder Donn Davis has not come out and said this is the fight they will make right away. More immediately, he is interested in seeing Cyborg face two division PFL champion Larissa Pacheco, who defeated Harrison back in November 2022.
"Cris will have two fights in 2024. Kayla will have two fights in 2024. One of those will be Cris against Kayla."
PFL boss Donn Davis says Cyborg vs. Harrison WILL happen next year – but he wants Larissa Pacheco vs. Cyborg first. pic.twitter.com/Hr8doTMydX
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) November 25, 2023
Not only is Cyborg coming off a big win in MMA, but she also began her professional boxing career in 2022. She was victorious is her debut in September, and followed it up with an additional success in December.
Meanwhile, Harrison most recently secured her first win since August 2022 with the defeat of former UFC bantamweight Aspen Ladd at the 2023 PFL World Championship last month.