Harrison Feels She’s ‘Baddest Woman on the Planet’
Kayla Harrison may have just two MMA bouts under her belt, but she already has eyes on the sport locked on her.
Harrison faces Moriel Charneski in a women’s lightweight bout on the main card of PFL 11, which takes place on Dec. 31 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The event marks the end of the first year of the Professional Fighters’ League (PFL).
Harrison made history at the 2012 Olympics in London by become the first American judoka to win gold before making more history by defending her Olympic title four years later in Rio de Janeiro.
Speculation then arose that Harrison, the former training partner of Ronda Rousey, would move to MMA. During 2016, Harrison started doing commentary for World Series of Fighting events, with the anticipation she would eventually make her way into the cage as a fighter.
Harrison made her professional MMA debut earlier this year and the newly-rebranded PFL. While she’s not competing in a division that fits with the regular season and playoffs format, with $1,000,000 prizes for the tournament champions, Harrison has become a special attraction in her own right for the promotion.
At a press conference earlier this week, Harrison was asked where she ranks among other women’s MMA fighters like Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, who meet in a champion vs. champion clash tonight at UFC 232. Harrison, despite the lack of experience when compared to the two UFC champions, showed complete confidence.
“There’s arguably two of the best female fighters in the world are fighting this week and then two more are fighting on Monday and I think time will tell, but the baddest woman on the planet is sitting right here,” Harrison said.
Harrison has proven to be a quick learner over at American Top Team, and she attributes her success against her two more experienced opponents to the level she competed in judo. And despite being in a weight class above what both Cyborg and Nunes compete in, Harrison wants to carve a path of her own.
“I’m young, but I’m hungry,” she said. “There is no pressure quite like Olympic pressure, there’s no pressure quite like the pressure that I put on myself. I want to be the best in the world. I want to beat everyone there is to beat. And the PFL has given me that opportunity, they believed in me from day one.
We’re breaking ceilings, 155 pounds, it’s never been done for women, but we’re going to do it and we’re going to do it in style.
Original Story: MMA Fighting