Before Cris Cyborg can even officially leave the UFC, PFL star Kayla Harrison has started a flame war with the former champion, saying she’d beat Cyborg if she dares to step into her territory.
Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, visited the TMZ offices this week ahead of the PFL’s sixth regular-season event at the Ocean Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is excited at the possibility of the former Strikeforce and Invicta star joining the venture-backed brand.
“Hi, Cris. I heard you lost your job, but if you’re interested, the PFL has a very special place for you and it’s second,” Harrison said on the gossip website on Monday.
“I think she would fit right in at the PFL,” Harrison continued. “First of all, it’s 155 pounds, so she wouldn’t be dying to make the weight like she does at 145. And I think that there’s not really anybody else out there that’s going to (challenge her). I’m going to beat Cris Cyborg if she comes to the PFL, and I don’t think any other organization can offer her that.
“It’s a ‘you win, you fight, you move on’ type of atmosphere, so she’s not going to have to worry about the promoters liking her or not liking her, which seems to be a big problem for her. You win, you get to continue.”
“I wouldn’t say that it’s incredible striking,” Harrison said of the more experienced Cyborg’s skillset. “I’d say she’s big, she’s strong, she’s powerful. But she doesn’t move her head, she comes straight forward – she’s definitely a brawler. My goal is to be the best MMA fighter in the world. It’s to become technical. It’s to become well-rounded, so I’m working on all those little details.
“I may not be the world’s best striker, but I’m going to be the world’s best MMA fighter, and that means being able to put them all together and tie them all together in a very artistic fashion.”
“Right now I’m focused on Genah Fabian,” Harrison said of her October opponent in the PFL lightweight playoffs. “I’m focused on the million dollars. Well, I’m not focused on the million dollars, but I’m focused on December 31st, New Year’s Eve.”