PFL CEO Pursuing Cris Cyborg For Kayla Harrison Fight
The PFL is still looking for some competition for Kayla Harrison.
And first up, they’re trying to go after Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, according to PFL CEO Peter Murray.
“Listen, I think that’s the fight that fans would like to see,” Murray said on “The MMA Hour.”
“That’s a fight that the PFL would like to get behind. Kayla said she wants that fight. I think it’s going to come down to Cris Cyborg — does Cris Cyborg want that fight?
“And whether Cris decides to come over to the PFL to make that fight and perhaps other fights happen, that’s one scenario. And another scenario is a co-promotion. And we’re proponents of both.
Harrison and Cyborg have been linked for a fight a few times.
One time was earlier this year when Harrison and Cyborg exchanged a few words over social media. The bout seemed closer to happening when then-free agent Harrison appeared close to signing with Bellator.
But Harrison returned to the PFL after the promotion outbid Bellator’s reported lucrative offer. Since then, the two-time PFL champion has gone 2-0 and Cyborg has also shown her dominance by quickly defeating Arlene Blencowe a second time at Bellator 279 in April.
And, according to MMA News, that fight was Cyborg’s final fight of her deal with Bellator – making her a free agent. Bellator head Scott Coker has made it clear that he is open to cross-promotion fights; his most recent example is allowing Michael “Venom” Page to bare-knuckle box Mike Perry under the BKFC banner.
“Our understanding is she is a free agent. We’d like to make that fight happen,” Murray added.
“There’s certainly been outreach. We’re looking forward to getting into it in earnest… There’s no dancing [around it]. It’s not a surprise, or it’s not new news that this is a fight to PFL would like to make happen or Kayla. And so I think in the coming weeks we’re looking forward to seeing what’s possible.”