Brittney Elkin returns to the lightweight division on June 21 when she battles Kayla Harrison in a highly publicized MMA bout at the PFL 2 event.
The fight is receiving a huge amount of publicity due to Harrison’s accomplishments in the world of Judo which includes winning a Gold Medal in the Olympics, both 2012 and 2016. Many are tipping Harrison for superstardom, much like fellow Judo Olympian turned MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, however Elkin (3-4-0) is ‘confident’ she’s going to come away with the upset in June.
“It’s a huge opportunity and I feel confident. I have been released from Bellator in order to take this fight with PFL, it is a one-fight contract.” Elkin told WMMA Rankings.
The 31-year-old believes she can perform at a much higher-level when competing at 155-pounds. All her career losses have been at 145-pounds, whilst her most impressive performances have been at 155, including a 2015 unanimous decision win over Bellator standout Gabby Holloway and a first-round knockout win over Kola Shippentower.
“What I’m most excited for and people may not understand this but I’ve taken the majority of my fights at 145 because it was the only option but I am 5’11 and not a petite woman. I am waking almost always around 180-pounds and I always have to deplete everything to make 145.” she said.
“I always say my soul weighs 10 lbs and I lose it when I cut to 145! Anyway I am excited to see my performance ability change, I know Invicta has had 155 bouts before on UFC Fight Pass but as far as I know this is the first 155 broadcasted bout in women’s MMA.” she continued.
PFL 2 takes place on June 21 from the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The event will be aired live on NBCS Sports from 8pm EST.