Harrison: No Woman Can Ever Match Me
Heading into the PFL Playoffs, Kayla Harrison’s confidence to not only be the first PFL women’s lightweight champion but to be the greatest female combat sports athlete ever has never been more apparent.
“It’s not rocket science,” the two-time Olympic gold medalist told MMA Fighting. “There’s never going to be a female on this planet who can grapple as good as me. I truly believe that. So I have to stick with what’s effective.
“I want to be well rounded. I want to be an MMA fighter, but at the end of the day, my foundation is in grappling, so that’s probably going to be how the majority of my fights go.”
“I don’t want coaches to make me anything other than what I am, and to bring out the best aspect for me to use,” Harrison explained on her choice of American Top Team as her coaching staff. “You can’t have a coach wants you to fight the way they fight. You can’t have a coach who wants you to be a kickboxer because they’re a great kickboxing coach.
“I need to have coaches around me who are great kickboxing coaches who can teach me to use what they do to make my game better. It’s an interesting thing in MMA, because you have to have so many cooks in the kitchen, and you have to learn what does and doesn’t work for you.”
Undefeated in her five pro fights, four of which by stoppage, Harrison prepares for Genah Fabian on Friday night in the opening round of the PFL’s playoffs, where a win gets her one step closer to history and $1 million.
“I’m not ever going to change my style for any fight or any promotion or any specific match,” Harrison said. “Even with my second fight in the regular season, everyone was like, ‘Well if you win in this amount of time, you get the first seed,’ and my goal is to win. Win and be safe, be smart and win.
“I’m sure people will say that’s boring or whatever, but my goal is to go out there and be effective and instill my will. I’m not going to be flashy or crazy or try to show off some spinning back kick that I don’t even know. I’m just going to go out there and be me.”
Report: MMA Fighting