Kayla Harrison’s Manager Will ‘Figure Something Out’ For Future With PFL
Kayla Harrison’s manager and CEO of Dominance MMA, Ali Abdelaziz has given an update regarding Harrison’s future with the PFL.
The 31-year-old has set the sight to win her second consecutive women’s lightweight title when she faces Taylor Guardado on October 27 around 8 p.m. ET.
After the 2020 season was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Harrison returned to the PFL cage earlier this year. She went on a brutal tear in the division, leaving the bodies of Mariana Morais, Cindy Dandois, and Genah Fabian in her wake.
Now, Guardado stands in her way and she could prove to be the sternest test for Harrison this season so far.
But as the news of Harrison becoming a double PFL champion has been making rounds ahead of the season finale, there is also uncertainty regarding her future in the promotion as Harrison’s contract with the organization will soon end after this year’s PFL season.
Many experts have tipped her to fight Amanda Nunes in the UFC who is regarded as one of the greatest women fighters.
Recently, ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto interviewed Abdelaziz.
During the interview, the executive director of Dominance MMA revealed that he is constantly in touch with PFL’s superiors regarding Harrison’s future and soon they will figure out what lies ahead for her.
“At the end of the day, she’s a PFL fighter,” he said. “PFL have been very great to Kayla, and Kayla likes to be in PFL. At the end of the day, I spoke with these guys, Pete [Murray] and Donn [Davis] and Ray [Sefo] on a daily basis. We will figure something out. Number one thing for her right now is to be two-time PFL champion.
“This whole free agency, for me, it doesn’t really matter. Her contract has ended and me and Pete, we talking everyday about it, and we’re gonna try and get something done; maybe now, maybe after the fight. I’m very sure everything will be good.”
Abdelaziz was also full of praise for the 31-year-old’s rapid rise to the top of women’s MMA.
He compared the judoka to another of his top clients, former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, revealing that her dominance in the cage is reminiscent of the Dagestani’s.
“You never really see a female fighter headlining a card with two, three title fights and she is this valuable to them, and she is this good, and she smash everybody. She always say like, ‘I want to be like Khabib,’” he added.
“I think she is fighting like Khabib… she’s dominating people, she doesn’t get hit, she doesn’t get punched, she doesn’t get dropped, she doesn’t get taken down, and this reminds us of Khabib.”