EDIT: It has been announced that Harrison has signed with World Series of Fighting "as a commentator and brand ambassador" and will make her MMA debut for them in the future. USA Today Sports reported the news (via MMAJunkie).
It appears that two-time judo Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison’s transition into MMA is coming sooner than we anticipated. On Wednesday night it was announced that Harrison has signed with the management team Dominance MMA, signaling that her future in mixed-martial-arts has begun.
Well-known MMA agent Ali Abdel-Aziz announced the news on his social media page.
I’m happy to announce the signing of 2x Olympic Gold Medalist… https://t.co/mQ1VLkC7eN
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) October 26, 2016
Abdel-Aziz represents a handful of well-known MMA fighters, including Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Harrison spoke recently with FightSports.TV about a potential future in MMA, but did not seem to have her mind made up at the time.
"I haven’t closed the door on it at all," she said in the September interview regarding a future in MMA. "In fact, there’s still discussions pretty much daily about whether or not I’m going to do it, or want to do it, or if I could be any good at it. But for me, I have to do a lot of soul-searching. I’m not ready to commit myself to something like that just yet.”
Speaking with USA Today about her signing with World Series of Fighting, Harrison seems to have done her soul-searching and is indeed ready to commit herself to combat sports.
“I’ve been boxing and doing jiu-jitsu and all that, and the biggest thing for me, really, is that I miss competing,” Harrison said. “I miss fighting on the highest stages of the world, and the World Series of Fighting really gave me a great opportunity.
"I’m excited for this new chapter. I’m excited to commentate. I’m excited to be a brand ambassador and help the World Series of Fighting grow their organization, as well as help me grow myself as a fighter, as a brand myself, and my foundation. So it’s all coming together, and I’m really excited to be working with such a positive and professional team.”