PFL’s Harrison Interested In Changing Divisions
The face of the Professional Fighters League, Kayla Harrison has dominated all competition put in her path. What happens, however, when the 2019 PFL Lightweight Champion (weighing 155) runs out of fighters within the division?
Harrison (7-0) spoke to MMA Junkie during Dominance MMA media day and discussed the idea of moving down in weight. She believes that featherweight (145) would work well for her as she progresses to be one of the best fighters in MMA today. A two-time Olympic medalist in judo, Harrison is willing to do whatever it takes to prove her greatness.
“I don’t love the idea of ’45, but I’m willing. Everyone has a price, right?” Harrison stated. “I firmly believe in not cutting weight. I firmly believe in the lifestyle that I have. But obviously I understand that if I want to go down as one of the greatest of all time, I’m going to probably have to fight at 145, and that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make in order to reach the goals that I’ve set for myself.”
Some of the top fighters in MMA call the featherweight division home. Cris Cyborg is the current Bellator Featherweight Champion, recently beating Julia Budd. The promotion is filled with talent within the division thanks to a number of free agent signings. Harrison has actually called out Cyborg in the past.
While the UFC hasn’t fully established a 145-pound division, it is starting to grow. Amanda Nunes is the current champion, with Megan Anderson and Felicia Spencer the top contenders.
It is unknown if the PFL will create a featherweight division right away. Harrison is interested in exploring her options, but wouldn’t mind a return to the PFL under different circumstances.
“I’m very happy at the PFL. I love what they’re doing,” Harrison went on to say. “I love how they’re changing the game. I love being a role model and being the poster child for their promotion. But time will tell. We’ll see what happens. One year at a time, one fight at a time, one minute at a time, one exchange at a time – that’s all I can do.”