PFL champion Kayla Harrison is realistic about what she needs to do to cement her legacy in MMA.
In less than two years in the sport, the two-time Olympic gold medalist claimed the PFL lightweight championship, collecting a $1 million check in the process.
However, to no fault of her own, she has largely done so in a division that is comprised of 135 and 145-pound fighters moving up. While the PFL is beefing up their 2020 season roster with talent like Cindy Dandois and Mariana Morais, Harrison understands that at some point she may need to move to the featherweight division for more competition.
At the Dominance MMA media day in Las Vegas, Harrison told MMA Junkie, “I don’t love the idea of ’45, but I’m willing. Everyone has a price, right?”
Harrison, an admitted opponent of weight cutting in MMA, realizes that it is a sacrifice she may need to make to be considered on of the best. “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.”
Currently, Harrison is very happy in the promotion. She said, “I’m very happy at the PFL. I love what they’re doing. I love how they’re changing the game. I love being a role model and being a poster child for the promotion.”
The PFL currently only offers a lightweight division for women. “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.”
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Source: Farrah Hannoun and George Garcia, MMA Junkie