Kayla Harrison has revealed that she will eventually consider cutting down to 145-pounds if necessary, however she does not believe in excessive weight-cutting and is not in a hurry to drop down.
Harrison (2-0) currently competes for the Professional Fighters League organization as a 155-pound lightweight. She’s been hugely successful in her first two professional fights, earning a submission win over Brittney Elkin and a third-round TKO over Jozette Cotton. The 28-year-old is not a fan of huge weight-cuts, but says she would consider it if it means facing the best in the world, the pound-for-pound number-one fighter on the planet, Cris Cyborg.
“First of all, I don’t believe in cutting weight,” Harrison said on The MMA Hour. “I think it’s terrible for your body, I think if you’re gonna win, you’re gonna win at whatever weight you compete at and I think it’s sending a bad message to young girls and young kids. I don’t want anyone, especially my niece or someone to think that to be thinner is to be better. I just don’t believe in that. You’re big, you’re strong, you’re powerful, that’s the message that I want to send.
“But I do realize that if I want to be considered the best in the world, I have to beat the best. And that person is at 145 pounds.”
The Olympic Gold Medallist is aware the women’s lightweight division is ‘underdeveloped’ in women’s MMA and says if she has to go down she will.
“I think a lot of people have doubts about 155 because it’s such a big weight class,” Harrison said. “It’s very underdeveloped in the women’s MMA community, so if I have to go down to get some fights then I have to go down.”
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