Kayla Harrison has admitted that she is keen to fight Cris Cyborg but first plans to build her professional record to 8-0 before seriously pushing for the bout.
Harrison (2-0) is set to compete in Professional Fighters League’s 155-pound women’s lightweight tournament in 2019. The 28-year-old is confident she will win all the tournament matches, which would make her record rise from 2-0 to 8-0. With this, Harrison believes the fight against Cyborg will be inevitable.
“The greatest female fighter of all-time, Cris Cyborg — new, up-and-coming rising star, 8-0 — let’s meet,” Kayla said at the Buoniconti Fund’s 33rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.
“Let’s fight. Let’s see who’s really the best.”
Harrison may be just two fights into her career, however the Olympic Gold Medallist has taken out two experienced veterans in those fights. This past June, she took out Brittney Elkin, a woman who is a BJJ specialist and owns a notable win over Bellator’s Gabrielle Holloway. Then this past August she took out Jozette Cotton, a woman who’s defeated some of the greats at 155-pounds and above, including capturing the DCS lightweight title in September 2017 after taking out number-four ranked Sarah Patterson.
The Olympian was receiving a huge amount of hype even prior to her professional MMA debut thanks to a successful Judo career which saw her win the 2010 World Championships, gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games. Many are tipping Harrison for superstardom, much like fellow Olympic Medalist and former training partner, Ronda Rousey. It seems as though Harrison is living up to the hype, and has already made her mark as queen of the women’s lightweight division in just her second fight.
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