Kaufman Talks Harrison’s “Special Treatment”
Sarah Kaufman knows she is not the focal point of the PFL’s first (and only) women’s division.
Kaufman, who held titles in Strikeforce and Invicta, with time spent inside the UFC Octagon, signed with the PFL’s new women’s lightweight division, being built around former Olympic Gold medalist, Kayla Harrison.
Kaufman and Harrison would be on the first PFL card of the 2019 season, with Harrison stopping Mogran Frier with an early submission, while Harrison would be frustrated with a unanimous decision win against Larissa Pacheco.
Harrison had never reached the scorecards in her young career prior to PFL 1 in May, but may get a chance to rectify that against Frier on July 11th.
“I did find it interesting when they announced the card that Kayla is actually fighting Morgan, who I just fought,” Kaufman said to MMAFighting. “It was just interesting because I was under the impression that it was winners against winners and losers versus losers.
“I thought it was an interesting storyline that they’re going to have her fight Morgan and likely push her to get a faster finish so she has something to talk to me about. Who knows? But I’m looking forward to fighting Roberta [Paim Samad] and hopefully keep up those dominant performances and if I can get another first round finish that would be ideal.”
“Oh absolutely Kayla’s getting preferential treatment,” Kaufman said of Harrison, who has been at the forefront of the Peter Murray ran MMA brand. “I knew that coming in. I knew that while I’m in there. Given that I’m currently ranked No. 1 in the division and she’s going to be the co-main event, I mean you see that for what it is and I don’t care.
“Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you get preferential treatment, if you don’t win the fight, and I win the $1 million dollars and then I’ll get the preferential treatment. I’ll keep putting the pressure on her and my own pressure on myself but definitely, I think they try to find the matchups that would be the best for Kayla going into the second round to try and ensure that she gets the finish.”
“She fought very well. I know she was disappointed with how she did in terms of not getting the finish. It showed the world that she was very upset with that. I mean it was a dominant win but there were definitely things that you can tell she’s still pretty green to MMA,” Kaufman said about Harrison.
“She’s had a ton of experience in judo, which I’ve had minimal experience. I’ve done some judo classes but in terms of competitive experience and matches, she’s performed at the highest level at the Olympics and won there twice. So that is years of martial arts discipline and training that she carries into this, which I think is great. But in the cage, it is different. While she did some good things, she also opened herself up for some other things. There are always small things you can fix.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting