Kayla Harrison Joins The UFC, Set For Bantamweight Debut Against Holly Holm At UFC 300

Kayla Harrison has officially signed with the UFC.

Dana White confirmed the news, making the Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo and two-time PFL Champion the latest UFC signing. Harrison will fight in the bantamweight Division. In her first fight, she will take on the ex-Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm at UFC 300 on April 13, 2024.

Harrison’s MMA record is 16-1, with her only defeat coming against Larissa Pacheco in 2022. Her last bout was a win over Aspen Ladd, but she will move down to bantamweight to fight Holm. Harrison spoke previously about the difficulties of fighting at 135 pounds.

“I mean, 135 will challenge me in ways, like I’m going to have to lose a piece of me to be able to fight at 135 pounds. I think just structurally, I carry a lot of muscle. I’m already kind of lean, so I’m going to have to lose muscle. I’m going to have to change my entire lifestyle.

“I mean, I have already done that to fight at 145. It’s crazy what happens when you take care of your body and eat properly and sleep and recover. I was a knucklehead when I was younger. But I have faith whatever is meant to be, will be,” Harrison said

Holm is in good form having won three out of her last five fights, which included one no-contest, with victories over Irene AldanaYana Santos, and Raquel Pennington. The move is a blow for the PFL, given that Harrison had spent most of her career with the organization. But after having become a free agent she decided to join the UFC.


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